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Old 02-12-2010, 01:20 PM   #1
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So I'm about to pull out my freaking hair over here. My coworker thought he would be cute and made some blinking text in a Word 2003 document. He sent it over to me for me to check out (I have Word 2007). Yeah it was neat, whatever. Now everytime I open up Word it is automatically set to have blinking text. I searched around and the best fix I found was this:


Press Alt+F11 to open the Macro editor. Press Ctrl+G to open the Immediate
Window at the bottom of the editor. Type or paste in this line:

ActiveDocument.Range.Font.Animation = wdAnimationNone

With the cursor anywhere in that line, press the Enter key. That will turn off
the blinking.

Close the Macro window and save the document.



I do this and it stops temporarily. But everytime I close and reopen Word the *#$%*$# blinking text is back!?!?!?!!

Anyone have any advice please? I even tried uninstalling Office and reinstalling it but that didn't help either.

I dunno what all information you need but here are some specs about my computer:
Dell Optiplex 330
Windows XP Pro SP3
Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
E4600 @ 2.4GHz
1.20 Ghz, 1.98 GB of RAM
(straight from My Computer - Properties)
Microsoft Office 2007

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Have you tried removing all formatting (http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/wo...106791033.aspx) in the document and saving it?

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Old 02-13-2010, 11:00 AM   #3
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Yes I have tried that and I even tried it again just now. The blinking continues...
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If you rename Normal.dotm does the blinking persist in the newly-created global template?
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Where do I find that file to rename it?
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  1. Quit all instances of Word, including Microsoft Outlook if Word is set as your e-mail editor.
  2. Click Start, and then click Search.
  3. In the Search Results dialog box, under What do you want to search for, click All files and folders.
  4. In the All or part of the file name box, type Normal.dotm.
  5. In the Look in box, select your local hard disk.
  6. Click Search to search for the file.
  7. For each occurrence of Normal.dotm that appears in the Search Results dialog box, right-click the file and then click Rename.
  8. Type a new name for the file, such as OldNormal.dotm , and then press ENTER.
  9. On the File menu, click Close to quit the Search program.
  10. When you restart Word 2007, a new global template (Normal.dotm) is created that contains the Word default settings.
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IT WORKED!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!

You have no idea how bad that was driving me crazy. If you are ever in the Austin/San Antonio, TX area I'll buy you a beer!

Thanks again!
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I'm so glad it worked! And I'm even gladder I have an open beer-invitation for San Antonio, Texas!

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