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    Unneeded saves (Word 2002 SP3)

    Periodically but more often than not, after I've opened a word doc., reviewed it, and have made absolutely no changes to it, when I close the file or exit Word, I'm asked if I want to save the changes. But I've made none! I've been very careful about the review process, but it doesn't seem to make a difference. It's not a crucial problem, but certainly irritating. Any ideas?

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    Re: Unneeded saves (Word 2002 SP3)

    If the document contains fields that are automatically updated, for example in the header or footer, Word may consider the document to have been changed.

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    Re: Unneeded saves (Word 2002 SP3)

    I understand, but in these cases, there are no headers or footers--just a simple doc. with no bells or whistles.

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    Re: Unneeded saves (Word 2002 SP3)

    Could you post an example document that exhibits this behavior? Remove sensitive information.

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    Re: Unneeded saves (Word 2002 SP3)

    Will do so when I get home today.

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    Re: Unneeded saves (Word 2002 SP3)

    Hans,

    Attached is a document that Word wants to save without any changes.

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    Re: Unneeded saves (Word 2002 SP3)

    I can view this document and do a print preview, then close it without getting a prompt to save changes. I'm using Word 2002 SP3 too... <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: Unneeded saves (Word 2002 SP3)

    It is a puzzler. Yesterday I reviewed it in preparation for duplicating it for my students, and it supposedly needed to be saved. Today, no save was requested.

    I can live with it because it only takes a second to click "no," but it is irritating.

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    Re: Unneeded saves (Word 2002 SP3)

    This happens to me too, w/ 2003 sp1. I open up files to print sometimes and make no changes to them. They do have footers w/ page numbering, but the number of pages don't change so i wouldn't think they get updated. Anyway it seems like about 50% of the time I get a prompt asking if I want to save when i close them. Yes, it's annoying.

    -BarB

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    Re: Unneeded saves (Word 2002 SP3)

    <hr> I open up files to print sometimes and make no changes to them. They do have footers w/ page numbering, but the number of pages don't change so i wouldn't think they get updated. <hr>
    Yes, but if the option to update fields on printing is checked, Word will refresh the page number fields, and then even if it has set them to the same numbers as before it thinks the document has changed. (Even if you haven't printed, but only used Print Preview). It is probably worth retaining the update fields option and just being aware of what is going on. You can say no to the offer to save if you are sure nothing has changed.

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