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Tried the Old "Word Fix Yet?
Do a search of the computer for a file named "normal.dot" (yes, that's normal dot dot) You may find one or many of such files. When the search is finished, DELETE all that appear in the search display.. Restart the computer and open Word again.
Hope this helps.
Sorry, But That Didn't Work
Thanks for your recommendation. Unfortunately, it did not work. When I did the search, a normal.dot file was not found.
Several other online answers basically said the same thing. One also said that Windows XP treats normal.dot as a hidden system file and the file might not show up when I search.
I clicked on My Computer --> Tools --> Folder Options --> View Tab. I checked the box for "Show hidden files and folders", and then removed the checks for the "Hide extensions for known file types" and "Hide protected operating system files" boxes. (Information from online).
I did this, but a search still did not show any normal.dot files.
Whenever I reboot my system, Word still will not work. On the first attempt of trying to open Word, it seems like it will open (the hourglass remains there). Most often the hourglass just goes away and nothing happens.
Any other things I can try? Thanks again.
"When I did the search, a normal.dot file was not found."
This file when not found means that Microsoft Office from 95 to 2003 is not in use or an error was made when looking.
Let's skip forward and note that for Office 2003 you can open your files with the free application from http://www.openoffice.org
Thanks for the information. I briefly checked out OpenOffice.org and it's interesting. I'll look at it again after I solve my current Word problem.
Before or after.
Many end up installing this before they solve the problem because they have a paper due and can't wait to see if they can fix Word.
I'd get this installed if there is a deadline approaching or even if you need a backup solution for when Word fails you again.
On This Office 2003 Computer, The File is Hidden..
In order for "Search" to find it, I click on Start-Search-All Files and Folders, type in "normal.dot" (without the quotes) in the "All or part of the file name" section, then click on the "More Advanced Options" arrow below, then select "Search System folders", "Search hidden files and folders" and "Search Subfolders".
Hope this helps.
I've Tried This Many Times ... No Luck
Yes, I tried searching for normal.com making sure the "Search System folders", "Search hidden files and folders", and "Search Subfolders" were all selected.
I've tried this about 7 times. I'm persistent! LOL! Actually, different things have occurred each time I did a search. Sometimes, no normal.dot file was found, but when I restarted my PC, Word would still not open. Another time, Word started to open and I got a message saying that the normal.dot file was corrupted and did I want to create a new one. I replied Yes, but Word still didn't work correctly. Word opened and displayed a blank screen. However, when I tried to open a file, Word wouldn't open it and then it closed.
Another time, Search found 3 copies of the normal.dot file in the Recycle Bin. Again, I deleted the files, restarted, and Word still wouldn't open.
It seems like Word will not work at all on my PC. That stinks because I am a writer and use Word all of the time.
Any other suggestions? Thanks again.
Normally search might have troubles with finding it.
Normal.dot is in the following folder.
Note: Before trying to find it, make sure you can view hidden files.
My Computer > Local Disk (C:) > Documents and Settings > (Your User) > Application Data > Microsoft > Templates
Make sure Word is closed before you delete Normal.dot.
Open word, a new Normal.dot should be created and your problem 'should' be resolved.
If however this problem still occurs, attempt to uninstall Word but instead of unintalling you need to click repair.
Searching the folder where normal.dot resides
Thanks for your input. I did find the file in the path you indicated. Again, even after deleting the file and rebooting several times, Word still won't open. I'm going to try the uninstall.
And You Tried Uninstalling, Then Reinstalling Office 2003?
And have you install the most recent Service Pack 3 from the Office Updates site? Here's a link to the full standalone installer of SP3 is you want it..
If you've done all that, then do a complete uninstall, then use the Windows Installer Cleanup Utility to remove any remnants of Office.. After that, reinstall Office 2003, then install the most recent service packs and updates from Office Updates. (Click on the link below, then click on the small "Office Update" link in the upper left side of the page.. You'll be taken to a page which requires you to download some ActiveX scanners, much like the Windows Updates site, then click on Continue a few times so the program can scan your computer and offer you the required updates.:
And by the way, maybe you made a "typo" but the file you're supposed to be looking for is NOT "normal.com" as you wrote in your post above...but instead "normal.dot"..
Hope this helps.
Service Pack 3, Uninstalling Word, Applying Service
I must admit that I have not installed Service Pack 3.
I think I will uninstall Word and follow your advice about reinstalling it and applying the service updates. If I have problems, I'll be back here asking more questions!
It was a mistake typing "normal.com". I am using "normal.dot". I guess you're really paying attention ...
problem with M S office 2003 on a VISTA home prem. 32-bit
helpppp! these posted exchanges fit my problem also. I tried installing the updates and it said it was for XP. installation failed. I'm now in the process of installing the alternate "back up" mentioned here in the comments. (openOffice) We do have the original disk for M S WORD STUDENT edit. Also I tried the answer instruction for going the normal.dot step. Mad's reply here gave steps that lead to MY COMP. and went to document settings. when I clicked there I got an error message >>>>> Documents settings is not accessible. access denied. so I can'nt try that as a method to correct this problem. Word doesn't open so any attempt to open a document won'nt open. The error message I get when first discovered was >>>>> Microsoft Word is trying to recover information. MS word has stopped working. Word was working earlier in the day. (morning) thanks much for help. imgrateful_1 always.
If it's a normal.dot problem, even uninstall and reinstall of Word from the CD won't help. In that case, you really have to (a) find your normal.dot and delete it, or (b) make a new Windows account and continue there.
You're not clear about "document settings" and "documents settings". Assuming you mean the folder c:\Documents and Settings\<your username> it should be accessible, or you can't even logon.
I agree with your conclusions
I agree with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your future updates from next one. Just saying thanks will not just be enough, for the fantastic clarity in you guys answer.
Documents won't open in word 2003 (SP3 installed already)
Open Word 2003 but do not open any documents. Go to Help menu and select 'Detect and Repair'. Follow instructions and wait. This Fixed my problem when NO word documents would open in Word 2003 (SP3 installed) on Windows XP (SP3).