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My word document transformed to symbols.

by Casseyluver / June 28, 2009 11:00 AM PDT

Hello, all. I ran a search, but could not find this particular problem previously discussed.

OS: Windows XP

Situation:I typed a word document, saved it successfully, made edits,resaved, etc. I attempted to print it, and when I did, it printed as a page of weird symbols. I thought the printer was offline, did a reboot. When I accessed my document again, it was now a whole page of symbols.

It is saved appropriately as a .doc file; luckily, I had sent an attachment to my lap top which sent successfully so I do have a "clean" copy. the problem is, several of my word documents now appear as a page of symbols.

I am running a virus scan as we speak, but in the meantime any hints? Thank you in advance.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 29, 2009 11:25 PM PDT

This may be just another lost document. There are hundreds of reasons for this to happen so I will not list those but move on to the sad part of the story. Here it is. "We only lose what we didn't backup."

Any work worth saving is worth saving in many places and many copies. This way you can go back to the prior version or a good copy.

Those that don't backup eventually learn why so much is written about it.

Then again you will occasionally find someone yell "Don't talk to me about backup, I want my files back!"

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Jumbled document
by Casseyluver / June 30, 2009 6:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Sadly

I did save my document, several times while working on it. I hadn't done a back up since it was still a work in progress.

I actually don't back up my personal "stuff" on a daily basis, more like on a monthly basis, never really had any trust issues with saving to my hard drive before this.

Anyway, the problem must have originated in the printer; I rebooted both machines, the documents re-appeared in correct format.

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Saving multiple times versus
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2009 6:48 AM PDT
In reply to: Jumbled document

I have such works. I don't "save it multiple times" but save them as "version 1.1" version 1.2" and so on. Word has that handy Save As item in the File menu which makes this all too easy.

Glad that a reboot brought it back.

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