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Windows 7: office 2003 and windows 7 64 bit problems

03 Jun 2010   #1

windows 7 64 bit
 
 
office 2003 and windows 7 64 bit problems

Hi

I have a number of problems with office 2003 installed on windows 7:

1. The worst issue is that when i left click on an image to select it the image 'jumps' from its original posistion by a small amount and then i need to control Z to move it back.

2. Also i noted that when you immediately right click on the image i get the 'move here / copy here / cancel context menu rather than the normal menu with copy/cut paste etc (im not at work but im pretty sure this is not the case on XP and 2003).

3. When i copy an image from one slide to another its position in the new slide is not the same as in the old one (i.e. it moves relative to for example the images in the slide master) when i do this under XP and 2003 this has never been a problem

4. Finally when in editing mode every time an image is moved or you move to the next slide the screen update of all the images is very slow (compared to my much older XP computer at work).

Please note these problems also seem to occur with the 32 bit version of windows 7 (but not XP) and i have fully updated both office (SP3) and windows 7.

Can anyone help with any of these issues? I think in the end i will need to upgrade office 2007 but at the moment i have an urgent prsentation i have to complete so any help would be much appreciated.

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03 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

First of all, yes you will need to upgrade eventually, but you might want to skip over 2007 and just get 2010 (which is much better).

It would seem that all of your problems are related to working with images. Just to be sure, do you have these problems no matter what image you try to work with?

At least the first two problems seem to be caused by Office reading a click-and-drag instead of just a click. Are you using a different mouse than you did/do on XP?
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04 Jun 2010   #3
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

Off topic: BCXtreme, really like you "Basic Etiquette for First-Time Posters:." Will have to make a copy and post it each time I work with a noobie if you don't mind.
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09 Jun 2010   #4

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BCXtreme View Post
First of all, yes you will need to upgrade eventually, but you might want to skip over 2007 and just get 2010 (which is much better).

It would seem that all of your problems are related to working with images. Just to be sure, do you have these problems no matter what image you try to work with?

At least the first two problems seem to be caused by Office reading a click-and-drag instead of just a click. Are you using a different mouse than you did/do on XP?
Hi BCXtreme,

Thanks for your reply. Sorry for the long delay but i have been away. With regard to the mouse, it happens with a mouse that i have used before so i dont think it is that but i can see what you mean, maybe there is an issue with wondows 7 and mouse control, although it would be a bad coincidence to have this on both my laptop and desktop. It is the images that are the problem, text boxes work fine. Im not sure about different types of image i will try and give this a go over the next few days.

Thanks
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17 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Be sure to let us know if you need more help, or if you fix the problem yourself!
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13 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I am having the first prpblem mentioned:

"1. The worst issue is that when i left click on an image to select it the image 'jumps' from its original posistion by a small amount and then i need to control Z to move it back. "

I see this issue in PowerPoint 2003 under Windows Ultimate x64. It's not just clicking on images, though. If I have, say, a text box on a slide, and click on it to edit the text, the box jumps as decsribed. The same goes for other drawing objects. Actually the object doesn't *always* jump, but it happens quite often.

There is another problem that it possibly related. That is that when I'm editing text in Word 2003 and click between two characters to insert something, the insertion point is placed one character position to the left of where I click. For example, if I have 'abcd' and I click between the 'c' and 'd', the cursor goes between the 'b' and the 'c'. The error is small--if I click just a little bit to the right of the center point, the cursor stays where it should be. But it's annoying to have to aim to the right. Related clues: I don't see this in Windows 7 Notepad, and I downloaded a trial Office 2007 and did not see the problem there.

One thought: is it possible to adjust the mouse sensitivity (the amount of movement that must take place before the system thinks the mouse has moved)? Maybe just a slight movement on the up-click is causing the problem. I have tried slowing the "pointer speed" down from the Mouse | Pointer Options dialog, and if I slow it to a crawl, it does help a bit. I am wondreing if there is a separate tweak for sensitivity. I don't know what "Enhance pointer precision" does, but I have it turned off.

I'd be very, very grateful for any help on this!
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14 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rplum View Post
I am having the first prpblem mentioned:

"1. The worst issue is that when i left click on an image to select it the image 'jumps' from its original posistion by a small amount and then i need to control Z to move it back. "

I see this issue in PowerPoint 2003 under Windows Ultimate x64. It's not just clicking on images, though. If I have, say, a text box on a slide, and click on it to edit the text, the box jumps as decsribed. The same goes for other drawing objects. Actually the object doesn't *always* jump, but it happens quite often.

There is another problem that it possibly related. That is that when I'm editing text in Word 2003 and click between two characters to insert something, the insertion point is placed one character position to the left of where I click. For example, if I have 'abcd' and I click between the 'c' and 'd', the cursor goes between the 'b' and the 'c'. The error is small--if I click just a little bit to the right of the center point, the cursor stays where it should be. But it's annoying to have to aim to the right. Related clues: I don't see this in Windows 7 Notepad, and I downloaded a trial Office 2007 and did not see the problem there.

One thought: is it possible to adjust the mouse sensitivity (the amount of movement that must take place before the system thinks the mouse has moved)? Maybe just a slight movement on the up-click is causing the problem. I have tried slowing the "pointer speed" down from the Mouse | Pointer Options dialog, and if I slow it to a crawl, it does help a bit. I am wondreing if there is a separate tweak for sensitivity. I don't know what "Enhance pointer precision" does, but I have it turned off.

I'd be very, very grateful for any help on this!
Go ahead try the Enhance Pointer Precision setting, and see if it helps. What kind of mouse do you have?
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14 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have an HP wired optical mouse. It came with my machine, an HPE-190t desktop.

The Enhanced Pointer Precision setting doesn't improve things. If anything, it means that I always get the "item jump" in PowerPoint instead of just most of the time. I haven't tried it a lot though, so it may be the same.
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03 May 2011   #9

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Jumping Image Fix

From
Office shapes move or duplicate themselves when I click them (VISTA/Windows 7)

Problem

* Shapes move up or to the right slightly when you click them.
* If you're pressing Ctrl while clicking the shapes, PowerPoint may duplicate the shapes.

Solution

This only seems to occur under Windows Vista and Windows 7. If you have either of those Windows versions and experience this problem, you need to locate the main PowerPoint executable file, POWERPNT.EXE, and change its properties, specifically one called Desktop Composition.

If you have Windows 7

* Quit PowerPoint if it's running.
* Click the Start button in the lower left corner of your Windows desktop.
* Type: "POWER" into the Search box at the bottom of the pop-up menu.
* Microsoft Office PowerPoint should appear under Programs near the top of the search results.
* Right-click it and choose Properties from the pop-up menu.
* In the Properties dialog box, click the Compatibility tab.
* Put a checkmark next to Disable desktop composition.
* Click OK.

If you have Windows Vista

* Quit PowerPoint if it's running.
* Go to My Computer, open the C:\ drive and navigate to Program files, Microsoft Office, Office 11 (or Office 12 if using PowerPoint 2007, Office 14 if using PowerPoint 2010).
* Locate the file POWERPNT.exe.
* Right click on POWERPNT.exe and select Properties.
* Select the Compatibility tab.
* Put a checkmark next to Disable desktop composition.
* Click Ok.

That's all there is to it

Start PowerPoint back up and go to work. You may see a message saying that the color scheme has changed to Windows, Vista Basic and that some visual elements are disabled temporarily. Apparently that's a side-effect of disabling desktop composition. A small price to pay if it keeps your shapes from leaping around on the slide.

Thanks to PowerPoint MVP Shawn Toh (tohlz) of PowerPoint Heaven for this solution and to Martin C for the Windows 7 suggestions.
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20 Dec 2011   #10

32 bit 7
 
 

I cannot thank mellyferous enough - this worked & it was driving me freakin bananas
Extremely muchos gracias
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