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I can't edit this Microsoft Word Doc!

by sharmaine73 / June 21, 2008 1:46 PM PDT

I've been at it for 3 days now. Nothing I do works. It is not a protecterd file as far as I can tell. But I cannot select text and edit it, period. I now have a headache, haven't eaten, or cleaned my house. I need help. Does anyone out there want to give it a shot? I can send you the document. Thanks.


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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 21, 2008 8:18 PM PDT

Cannot select text or edit doesn't tell us much. What happens when you attempt to do so?

What type of computer, which Operating System do you have and what version of Word? Is this document "Read only"? Where did it come from?

Some things to try;

1] With Word closed, search your computer for all instances of, and delete the one in;
C:\Documents and Settings\{Username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates where {Username} is your account name if you are using Windows XP. is a template for Word that holds all formatting for Word documents. If it gets corrupted odd things can happen. The template is re-created the next time you open Word.

2] Open this document in Word and re-save it either under a different name or to a different location. Close Word down, re-open it and work on the copy.

3] Try the document on another computer.

4] Does this happen to all Word documents?


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Two more things to try.
by Kees Bakker / June 21, 2008 9:30 PM PDT

- Open the old document. Select all and copy. Open a new document and paste into it. Editable?

- Open the old document. File>Save As. Choose rtf-format. Open the new rtf-file. Editable?


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I can't edit this Microsoft Word Doc!
by mv1810 / November 28, 2012 3:56 AM PST

Sharmaine, I know you have posted this a while ago, but did you find a solution? I have a word doc that does the same thing. I won't even allow me select any text.

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A protected document?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 28, 2012 4:04 AM PST

I'd start a new discussion with all the detail.

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