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Windows 7: Help! Can't copy/paste contents of a Word file

07 Mar 2010   #1
The Blessed One

 
Help! Can't copy/paste contents of a Word file

Help!

I need to submit some work but the University requires that I copy/paste an ethics form to my word file. The problem is, when I open the ethics form, I try to highlight everything, nothing happens! Nothing is highlighted for some reason it's as if some kind of restriction has been placed upon the file. The file is a 2003 .doc file I'm using Microsoft Word 2007 in Win7 32-bit.

The ethics form is saved on my desktop and when I open it and click on 'review' then 'Protect Document', 'Unrestricted Access' is the only option checked. The University is not replying to my e-mails so I need your help please!

Please help!


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07 Mar 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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If copy and past does not work, until we find the solution, can you type snipping tool in search and use that to paste the doucment?
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07 Mar 2010   #3
The Blessed One

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
If copy and past does not work, until we find the solution, can you type snipping tool in search and use that to paste the doucment?
That's what some students have been suggesting as well. I guess I'll have to if no other solution is possible.

I've read this interesting article: You cannot open a Word document that uses Editing Restrictions in an earlier version of Word

I followed the steps there so clicking on 'Review', > 'Protect Document', check 'Restrict Formatting and Editing' > then click 'Stop Protection', but this pop-ups up a dialog box asking me for a password, when I input a random one, I get a 'Wrong Password' message. So it seems that some idiot's put a password on the whole file!
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07 Mar 2010   #4
Grimmjow

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Ok, this is like alternative (if it works), right click the document, try open with wordpad, then see will you be able to copy the text. I now this isn't solution, but if you are in a hurry...
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07 Mar 2010   #5
The Blessed One

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Grimmjow View Post
Ok, this is like alternative (if it works), right click the document, try open with wordpad, then see will you be able to copy the text. I now this isn't solution, but if you are in a hurry...
Lol nice try.

Wordpad gives me a warning about some features of this document aren't supported. And indeed, some parts of the file are missing, and when I copy/paste it in a word document, even more parts are missing/not rendered properly.

This a no-go I guess...

Edit: I've got a couple of days to submit the file, just hoping I get a reply from Uni, but they haven't to me and other students for few days now. I guess even if I don't submit the ethics form it's their fault anyway since many others are having this problem.
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07 Mar 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Go with the snipping tool, now. You will be able to correct the problem, later, if it is with Word. Get that paper submitted timely.
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