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Troubleshooting Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is the most widely used word processing software and no doubt you have used it at one point or another. Microsoft Word ships with Microsoft Office and is a very powerful document publishing tool. While most users will only ever touch the surface of the available features, there are literally hundreds of other tools and tricks that can be performed with Microsoft Word. Due to this, there are also numerous bugs that will show up at one time or another. Almost every user that has ever used Microsoft Word will have encountered a bug or glitch at one time or another.

The good news is that with a bit of knowledge, most of the Word errors can be avoided or quickly debugged if and when they occur. This article will outline some of the most common errors and their fixes. If you have encountered any other strange behavior, please let us know.

Common Microsoft Word errors:

1) Microsoft Word crashes
2) Microsoft Word freezes
3) Problem opening documents
4) Macro error messages when opening documents
5) Word runs out of memory
6) Hidden module error messages
7) Document opens with strange formatting


Fixing errors in Microsoft Word:

1) Take note of your error code

When you encounter an error, first thing to do is note down the error name. Errors will differ, depending on the version of Word you are using. If you are unsure of your version, you can check it by doing the following: From the help menu, select "About Microsoft Word"

MS word about

After you have noted down the version and the error, if it is not listed here, then search for it at:

2) Run the repair tool

If your errors are frequent and causing considerable time wastage, the first thing to try is Word detect and repair. This new feature rebuilds and repairs Word errors. In the majority of cases this will solve the problem.

To run the repair, select Help -> Detect and Repair

word - detect and repair

Alternatively, you can also run the Microsoft Office repair. This is found by going to the Control Panel -> Add Remove Programs. Select Microsoft Office from the list, andclick on the Change button. Next select the repair option for Office.

3) Third party repair tools

Quite often an error in Microsoft Word occurs due to a conflict with another program. Common conflicts are with third party applications, especially Adobe Acrobat and the PDF converter. Sometimes removing the offending application still does not fix the error, due to remnant registry entries that do not get removed. The easiest solution we have found is to run a registry repair tool. This only takes a couple of minutes and is excellent for detecting and repairs errors in Word and other applications. There are various quality tools around, we recommend RegCure as it is the trusted name in registry repair. You can try a free scan here.