All I can suggest:
1. Delete normal.dot
2. Repair Office from the Office CD (run setup, choose repair)
3. Uninstall and reinstall Office completely.
4. Run the Office Removal Wizard (download the Office 2003 resource kit from office.microsoft.com to get it), the reinstall Office.
And even #4 isn't guaranteed to work. Then - if you can't find any other solution - the choice is between continued annoyance or a clean reinstall of XP and everything. Not a difficult choice for me.
I assume Office is written, at least in part, in Visual Basic, so you can't get rid of it.
Hope this helps.
to Visual Basic, with the following error message:
Compile Error, invalid character.
This annoyance first occured after troubleshooting a problem where all toolbars disappeared (but were not hidden) in MS Word. I uninstalled and reinstalled Word, downloaded the subsequent patches, then played around to get into customizing a toolbar (not sure how I got there), and that brought back my toolbars again.
Every since, though, whenever I get an email in with an Word attachment I want to print off, I'll wind up in the Visual Basic program with the above error message. I used to be able to right click and have it print immediately, from Word. Now I have to open the file in Word and then print from there. Not a huge issue, just an annoyance. And I'm just curious what I did to make this happen, and more importantly how to get rid of the whole Visual Basic thing.
I hadn't ever encountered Visual Basic prior to this, BTW.