A Word document freezes or behaves erratically
Solution 1: Word 2007 and 2003 both have Auto Recovery features to attempt to restore a document if it (or Word or your PC) crashes. However, extremely complex documents (especially those with large amounts of externally formatted content) can become corrupt.
Cut and paste sections of the document, excluding inserted section breaks or page breaks, into a new file. When only the last paragraph of the old file remains, press CTRL-END and then press CTRL-SHIFT-HOME to select everything but the final paragraph mark (where some formatting information is stored). Paste this into the new file
Solution 2: If the problem continues with the new file, cut and paste complex formatting elements such as tables, charts, and graphics into new, separate files and add them back, one by one. When you replicate the problem, you have found the problematic element and should remove or replace it.
Solution 3: If the exclusions are too numerous to manage, another solution is to save the file in a different format, such as RTF, HTML, or possibly TXT, and convert it back to Word. This generally strips out corrupt formatting, but you will lose some of your formatting.
If you cannot open the document after a freeze, refer to the previous problem and solution. If you cannot locate a document after a freeze, try to recover other versions of the file using the support article available at sup port.microsoft.com/kb/827099.
This article has covered some of the most common problems youll encounter while working with Microsoft Word 2007 and 2003. If Word itself is giving you fits and the trouble-shooting suggestions we offered dont resolve your problems, refer to the Microsoft article available at support.microsoft.com/kb/921541. Be very careful when following these suggestions, though—they involve making edits to system files.