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Word 97 SR-2 is duplicating .doc files & misc oddities-Why?

Just when I thought I had the unauthorized conversion of my .doc files to "read only" under control, ANOTHER problem appears to have reared its hideous head!

Unexpectedly, my Microsoft Word application window contained 8 minimized doc files all named "Document 1". "What are these?" I ask myself and click on the "File" menu, drop down and click "Properties". The general tab of the "Properties" dialogue box indicates "unknown", and no information is given. The "Summary" tab describes a "" template and the "Statistics" tab shows a multiple revision number.

Since these particular files are related by the name of a client in the title, I run a "search" and discover that there are 55 related files which, now, appear as "internet shortcut" files with a new IE icon in the first column. The next column entitled "In Folder" shows all files located in "My Computer" and no other details are shown in the remaining columns ("size", "type", and "date modified").

When I highlight the name of this "internet short cut" file, and right-click the mouse for properties, or obtain the properties box from the File menu in the border at the top of the search window, and click "Properties" the Properties box under the "general" tab (There is only one tab for the box)indicates that type file as an "Internet Shortcut" and shows an "Internet Address" which is encoded by using the regular .doc name of file and printing "%20" in lieu of the space between the words in the name of the file!

I've never seen, or used any of these files before. What are they?

The next thing that I notice is that almost every one of normal ".doc" files has one exact duplicate in every detail listed? Where did these come from?

Am I being invaded, infected, intimidated, or what?

Can anyone explain what's going on, here? ...and why?
...or is it that my Office 97 Pro software is just corrupted and it's time to go shopping?

Thanks for your assistance.


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Sounds as if the Operating System is XP.

In reply to: Word 97 SR-2 is duplicating .doc files & misc oddities-Why?

Did you try the compatibility tab?

Did you quit Word, delete that old NORMAL.DOT file and try again?


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XP/Office 97 Corruption (cont.) Where's my Pleading Wiz?

In reply to: Sounds as if the Operating System is XP.

Hey, Bob! [Yes, XP]

Hopefully, you are still linked to this thread.

I just, now, picked up on your advice for previous problems relating to weird Word whatnots...because it seems relevant to my current problem:

My "legal pleading" wizard, or file, has just konked out! I have two years of legal pleadings on active cases which I cannot access, or print, for some reason.

I deleted the "files". (I had about 6...) However, nothing under the "pleading" category improved at all.

I went to Microsoft and searched for a Pleading Wizard download for "Word 97 SR2" but couldn't find anything? ...and I don't think that this wizard was included on by 97Office Pro CD, but I'll look, again...

Any suggestions?

Thanx yawni

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Just one of the "it's dead Jim" issues of Word 97 on XP...

In reply to: XP/Office 97 Corruption (cont.) Where's my Pleading Wiz?

I've yet to read of any persistent cures for this combo. Microsoft certainly has written it off.

Just wondering. After this many years you didn't fetch the SR-2 download? Keep looking and try it again.


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Re: Another Conspiracy?

In reply to: Just one of the "it's dead Jim" issues of Word 97 on XP...

I misled you, I think...fifth paragraph down: I meant that I have ''Word97;SR-2'' and was looking for a pleading wizard for that version of Word...

...which reminds me that you recommended some word processing software several months ago, which prompted me to start whining about my need for numbered lines and legal pleading paper. I will backtrack my posts, and check my notes, for your recommendation and inquire as to the availability of this ''feature'', now.

I downloaded the SR-2 ''upgrade'' for Word 97 about two-three months ago, which is when I first began experiencing problems word processing. If I were the paranoid type, I might suspect some nefarious coercion afoot!

If I have to purchase Office XP, or something from Microsoft, I sure hope it's better than the dead office horse I've been beating for the last couple of years! (or, beating me for that matter; anyway...)

Thanks, Bob, for your help to date. -yawni-

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I'll check that tomorrow.

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I have an demo today so I must be short.

THANKS for clearing up what you were after. The pleading wizard is an addon to WD97 so it's either in the add/remove software list buried somewhere or a download.

Be sure to google that as I will tomorrow.

Gotta run and I'll pop in Saturday or late Friday.


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Google got on the first try.

In reply to: I'll check that tomorrow.

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I Google, regularly...

In reply to: Google got on the first try.

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Re: Elusive Fix for Office 97 Missing Templates

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I confess: I missed WDTLUPD.EXE, which contains the Pleading. wiz I needed (for Word 97 SR-2/ Office 97 Pro)

So, I hunkered down to soak up all the "read me.txt" files and instructions I could find for downloading and installing missing templates and wizards.

I started by followin your advice and deleted all 5 or 6 "" files.

I located my old Pleading.wiz and renamed it "Pleading.bak"

I downloaded WDTLUPD.EXE to a new folder on my desktop, having just learned it's a "no-no" to download directly to my "Program" files (per MS).

I opened/extracted the files from WDTLUPD.EXE in the same folder and used the Windows Explorer copy/move function to "move" the new Template, Pleading Wizard.wiz to the Default Location: ...\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates\Legal Pleadings...

Great! I goto Microsoft Word, click File, click New and the New dialogue box opens and lists ?pleading.wiz? under the general tab where the ?Blank Document? icon stands, which I usually use to open a new word processing project, letter, etc.

So far, so good. I click pleading.wiz and the wizard display opens to invite me to construct a ?pleading? by asking the standard questions: Name of the Court?, Numbered lines? How many lines? (it?s always 28?) Vertical lines in the margins? Double on the left? Single on the right? Yes , yes. ?Click Finish and presto the pleading appears as designed except that the numbers in the left margin are half tone, as are the vertical lines?

Then, to my dismay, I click ?Print Preview? and discover: no numbers in the left margin?no vertical lines in the margins?or half a pleading. ?and I?m right back to where I started.

I can?t print out any of my work for the last two years on ?pleading paper? although I can see the format under the ?page layout? on the view menu?

The only other thing I can think of trying is to uninstall Office 97, Word 97, etc., and try it all over again!

I just don?t get it! Do I need an exorcist to expunge the demons from this machine or should I be looking for some other form of miracle?

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Always post enough detail in each post.

In reply to: Re: Elusive Fix for Office 97 Missing Templates

The issues with 97 and XP are such that I know to "exit, stage left" and never promise it can be fixed. The writing is clear on this one that it will not be fixed.

The issue is now a decade old. I'm surprised this nugget lives on in every version of Word. I have no problem fixing it, but imagine those that don't know.

You can however go back to Windows 98 (clean install), install the printer driver and it does still perform.


PS. If you don't run XP, I didn't see that in your new post and can't click/review all the items up to this point. Sorry about that, it's just too slow.

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