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QUESTION: EVERY TIME I TRY TO OPEN WORD 7 ON MY WINDOWS 7 OR TO OPEN A DOCUMRNT CREATED IN THAT PROGRAM, IT CONTINUES TO WANT TO SET-UP EACH TIME AND CONFIGURE. AFTER SAYING NO IT WILL FINALLY OPEN UP. I GOT SOME ADVICE FROM YOUR DALE TO TYPE IN A COMMAND PROMPT IN THE OLD DOS MANNER BUT I COULD NOT OPEN IT. WHEN I HIT ENTER IT JUST MOVED TO ANOTHER COMMAND PROMPT. DALE DEFERRED TO SOMEONE ELSE ON THIS ISSUE. CAN YOU HELP ME WITH OPENING A COMMAND PROMPT OR HAVE A BETTER IDEA TO STOP THE SET-UP PROCRSS?

THANKS, RICK

ANSWER: I assume by "Word 7" you don't mean Word for Windows 95 (version 7) but Word 2007 (version 12). Do you have more than one version of Word installed? If so, there is a Registry edit that will prevent each version from reconfiguring every time you use it. Oh, and please don't SHOUT.

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QUESTION: SUZANNE:

FIRST OF ALL I AM 83 YEARS OLD AND BORDERLINE COMPUTER ILLITERATE. THAT IS WHY I USE ALL CAPS. IT IS EASIER TO TYPE AND SEE. SO I GUESS YOU WILL EITHER HAVE TO STAND BACK A BIT OR HIT THE "CTRL" & "-" KEYS. TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, IT DOES APPEAR I HAVE SEVERAL WORD PROCESSING PROGRAMS. THE WORD 2007, VERSION 12., DOES GO THROUGH THE SET-UP PROCESS EACH TIME I OPEN THE PROGRAM OR OPEN A DOCUMENT DONE IN THAT PROGRAM. HOWEVER I NOW NOTICE THAT I ALSO HAVE  WORD 2000 THAT DOES NOT GO THROUGH THE PROCESS AND I ALSO HAVE MICROSOFT WORKS. THE DROP-DOWN FOR WORKS ALLOWS YOU TO SELECT WORD PROCESSOR WHICH DOES NOT GO THROUGH THE SET-UP PROCESS AND WORKS TASK LAUNCHER THAT DOES GO THROUGH THE PROCESS. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND I DO? THANKS

RICK

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When you have more than one version of Word, whichever one you have used most recently will grab the file associations, so when you start a different version, it has to reregister itself. If you are willing to edit the Registry, you can define keys that will prevent this from happening. See the "Hacking the Registry" section of http://www.gmayor.com/Toolbars_in_word_2007.htm. The process may be outside your comfort zone, but the steps are clearly illustrated and really quite easy to perform.
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Suzanne S. Barnhill

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I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".

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I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

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Rotary Club of Fairhope, Friends of the Fairhope Public Library

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B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

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Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award every year since 1999; many Rotary honors

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