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    Opening existing file, get rid of doc1 (2003)

    Every time I open an existing file, Word keeps an empty document1 file. How to prevent that from happening? (e.g. my Excel doesn't have that problem)

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    Re: Opening existing file, get rid of doc1 (2003)

    I'm not sure, but take a look under Start Menu/Settings/Folder Options.../File Types. Do your settings look like the attachment?
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    Re: Opening existing file, get rid of doc1 (2003)

    Yes they are identical.

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    Re: Opening existing file, get rid of doc1 (2003)

    If you close the blank document after opening an existing document, do you get prompted "Do you want to save the changes to Document1"?

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    Re: Opening existing file, get rid of doc1 (2003)

    Yes, Hans

    Regards, Teun

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    Re: Opening existing file, get rid of doc1 (2003)

    So there is something that gets changed or updated in the blank document. Do you have any idea what that could be?
    - Have you put automatically updating fields in your Normal.dot? (The blank new document that is created when you start Word is based on Normal.dot)
    - Do you have a Document_New procedure in the ThisDocument module of Normal.dot, or a macro named AutoNew?

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    Re: Opening existing file, get rid of doc1 (2003)

    Hans,

    There are a number of macros/procedures in document1. I think this is caused by the Van Dale Dictionaries, and our company style that gets loaded automatically. I remember that when I switch-on " Prompt to save Normal.dot Template" in Options|Save, I get the prompt every time on exiting Word. I don't think the template gets changed or updated because the date /time do not change. That is why I switched it off. Apparently this is causing this document thing or would there still be something else?

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    Re: Opening existing file, get rid of doc1 (2003)

    Without knowing what the macros are and what's in the template, it's hard to say.

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    Re: Opening existing file, get rid of doc1 (2003)

    Hi Teun:
    I would keep the option to "prompt to save" on. It helps let you know when there's a change & that is sometimes caused by a macro virus. You could try removing the add-ins one at a time to see if that's the cause. Take a look at the instructions in <post#=197827>post 197827</post#>.
    Hope this helps,

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    Re: Opening existing file, get rid of doc1 (2003)

    Hi Phil,

    Thanks a lot for this info. I'll try it all.
    Regards, Teun

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    Re: Opening existing file, get rid of doc1 (2003)

    Hi Phil,

    I reinstated the Prompt for saving Normal.dot, and did all the steps mentioned in the Word 2003 support template. No success, as soon as I open an existing document, after trying any of the steps, word keeps the empty document1. By the way, are the steps in the template exactly the same as in your post?

    Regards, Teun

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    Re: Opening existing file, get rid of doc1 (2003)

    I'm not Phil, and I don't know if the template does exactly the same as the steps Phil describes, but it might be worthwhile to go through the steps in the star post. At some point, normal behavior should return, hopefully giving you an idea what caused the problem.

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