Microsoft Word/Word 97 Sort Function


I have a certified disc for Word 97 that I have used on several computers. I am currently using it with Windows Home Premium.

Everything works except when I want to sort a column. When I attempt this I get a message that Winword has stopped working.

I have reinstalled the word disc but still cannot sort.

Hi George,

Try this:

When Word starts misbehaving the prudent thing to do is to simply replace
( is the default template for Word.)

If you have significantly modified or configured the Toolbars as I have you might want to make a backup copy of so you could restore it if necessary.
(If this is true there should already be a backup copy)


Close Word

Use the Find/Search Files or Folders feature of Windows Start, Find or Start, Search

All Files and Folders

Type in

Search Drive C:

Select Search or Find

You should see either or Normal in the search results depending on how you configured the Folders. You might have to enable hidden files and folders.

Delete it and if you see, ~$ or delete those also to your Recycle Bin.

When you start Microsoft Word again it will create a new that is the default Document1.doc.

Good luck.

Dale :-)
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