to Fix Microsoft Word Problems
Microsoft Word is the world's most used word processing program, but it has never had a reputation for rock solid stability. Many argue that WordPerfect is a better word processor, and they may be right. However, my job is to help people learn to use the software they have, so I concentrate on the programs most people use.
One of the fundamentals of Word is that all its main settings are in a file named normal.dot. (In Word 2007 and Word 2010 this file is called normal.dotm.) Every time you make a change to Word's settings, such as changing the default font (Times New Roman) to a different one the change is stored in normal.dot so that your preferred alphabet will come up each time you open Word in the future.
If normal.dot is deleted, the next time you launch Word it will look for the file, and when it can't be found Word will recreate the file in its original default condition. Therefore, if Word gets to the point where various kinds of error messages begin to appear the easiest fix is to delete normal.dot.
Of course you must realize that deleting this file will undo all your special settings and that they'll have to be reset. For most users this isn't a big deal because they probably didn't change all that many settings to begin with. However, anyone who makes lots of changes in default settings should think about making a backup of normal.dot and keeping it in a special folder and/or on other media, such as a flash memory drive.
Before you can delete the file, however, you first must find it. And it's not in the same place on all computers.