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MS Word Strange "insertion point".

by jhai / June 17, 2008 1:01 AM PDT

OK looks like I cannot attach an image, so I will have to try to describe.
In Word, previously had a short vertical line at the "insertion point".
Now have, (here we go)something that looks like two vertical lines, with dot at the top left of the left hand line. Could be said to look a bit like a "musical note".
Looked everywhere (obviously not actually correct)including "Removing" & reinstalling Office.
All saved docs still have this strange new formatting.

Please help in getting this back to original

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Did you already delete normal.dot?
by Kees Bakker / June 17, 2008 5:48 AM PDT

Usually helps when reinstalling doesn't. But not always.

I assume the insertion point in the text box you used to type your message in, and in the formula bar of Excel is fine, so it's a Word only problem.

Kees

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MS Word Strange "insertion point'.
by jhai / June 17, 2008 2:16 PM PDT

Thanks for the reply.
Yes was only in "Word". As to, "Did you already delete normal.dot?", I am not sure what you mean here, & despite the following, I would appreciate some information for any future need. (Perhaps it even relates to my "fix").
OK, as I said, I tried very hard to "fix" before posting. (Was particularly confused that it was still there after a reinstall, & doubly confused as to even so, it effected all saved doc.
BTW, I am just a casual "home" user of "Word".
But anyhow, now FIXED!!!
Problem was Thanks for the reply.
Yes was only in "Word". As to, "Did you already delete normal.dot?", I am not sure what you mean here, & despite the following, I would appreciate some information for any future need. (Perhaps it even relates to my "fix").
OK, as I said, I tried very hard to "fix" before posting. (Was particularly confused that it was still there after a reinstall, & doubly confused as to even so, it effected all saved doc.
BTW, I am just a casual "home" user of "Word".
But anyhow, now FIXED!!!
Problem was Thanks for the reply.
Yes was only in "Word". As to, "Did you already delete normal.dot?", I am not sure what you mean here, & despite the following, I would appreciate some information for any future need. (Perhaps it even relates to my "fix").
OK, as I said, I tried very hard to "fix" before posting. (Was particularly confused that it was still there after a reinstall, & doubly confused as to even so, it effected all saved doc.
BTW, I am just a casual "home" user of "Word".
But anyhow, now FIXED!!!
Problem was fixed as to View > Toolbars & "ticking (seemingly both) Standard & Formating. This then displayed the previously described "musical"(ish) symbol, & it could be toggled on or off.
So thankyou!
John H

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by Kees Bakker / June 17, 2008 7:47 PM PDT

1. That's quite normal, to have both Standard and Formatting toolbars displayed. And it shouldn't give any problems, let alone strange cursors.
2. Normal.dot is the default template for all documents. It's a (hidden) file somewhere in your Documents and Settings. Some members have some trouble to locate it, but it's surely there. Quite a lot of problems with Word can be remedied by simply deleting or renaming it. Word will automatically make a new default uncorrupted one.

Kees

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