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backspace wont work

by josha / October 20, 2004 8:32 AM PDT

i have microsoft office 2003 and the backspace key works but when i highlight a word and use the backspace key the word does not delete. this has only happped with Microsoft Word the backspace works every where else. does any body know how to fix this,(i tried to reinstall office and that did not work)

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Re: backspace wont work
by Kees Bakker / October 20, 2004 5:17 PM PDT
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Of all the weird things happening with a corrupted normal.dot this would be one of the weirdest. But one never knows.

So go into Windows Explorer, find all occurences of a file called normal.dot, delete them and see if Word now behaves.
Otherwise, I suggest using the delete-key, which in this situation behaves exactly the same as the backspace, as far as I can see.

Kees

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Re: backspace wont work
by josha / October 21, 2004 4:56 AM PDT

ah i searched normal.dot 2 files came up and i del them but nothing happened it still wont work

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Re: backspace wont work
by Kees Bakker / October 21, 2004 7:07 AM PDT
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Josha,

The first hit in http://www.google.com/search?q=word+backspace+delete is to a discussion with experts-exchange. You need to pay a membership fee to see the answers, but - luckily - you can see the whole thread in google's cache also.

There are a few other suggestions, apart from deleting normal.dot and getting used to use the delete key. It won't harm to try them.

You did an uninstall/install, but did you use the Office 2003 Removal Wizard in between? It cleans things normal uninstall doesn't clean. This secret setting might be one of them.
You can download it from www.microsoft.com/office/ork/2003/tools/BoxA13.htm if you can't find it on your Office CD.

Finally, if you've got a fully paid version of Word, you might consider to contact Microsoft technical support. But it won't be free, I'm afraid.

Please post back if there are interesting developments.

Kees

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Re: backspace wont work
by mester / December 5, 2004 8:25 PM PST
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Hey havde samme problem for nylig. Tror maaske jeg er kommet til at trykke en genvejstast til et eller andet i et office program. For der var ingen der kunne bruge backspace. Men loesningen ligger i words indstillinger.
Hvis du vaelger funktioner i menuen og derefter indstillinger, herinde clicker du saa paa tabben rediger. Og den allerfoerste checkbox under redigeringsindstillinger "Ny tekst erstatter markeret", den skal vaere checked.

Det var ihvertfald mit problem og er ogsaa ret sikkert paa det er dit. Haaber du finder ud af det

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Re: backspace wont work
by mester / December 5, 2004 8:35 PM PST
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Woops a bit too fast there, forgot to write in English. DOH, think i'm a bit too tired.
I just encountered same problem, but was able to fix it. Think i accendently hit a shortcut key in word which changed a setting.
Do this(not sure on the names cause my word is in a other language)..
1. Click "functions" in the menu in word
2. Choose "Preferences" (the last element in the list)
3. Choose the tab, "edit" (between "General" and "print")
4. Make sure the first checkbox "New text substitutes marked" is checked

Should be it, hope you figured it out, and was able to navigate to the right place:) Isn't at all sure about my translations:)
/Anders

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SIMPLE
by nader11 / December 25, 2004 12:22 AM PST
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This is very simple to fix. Go to 'Tools', 'Options' and tick the box 'Typing replaces selection'. Thanks

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RE:SIMPLE
by Matt_zero / January 6, 2009 6:23 PM PST
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Cheers nader11 that sorted the problem, no idea how I accidentally managed to uncheck that box though!

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