HELP Word:Mac not working right

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  1. aerojls85 macrumors newbie

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    I am having issues with Word:Mac. The program will open but when I try to open any documents it freezes. If I go into File/Open to open a document it freezes. I cannot click on any word file on my computer or it freezes trying to open it. If I open word a new blank document opens and works fine. Also when I go to File and click on a document in the recent activity list at the bottom it will open then. Why is this the only time a document will open? I need access to documents that are not on that list. Please help!

    P.S. I have a MacBook and am running Mac OS X version 10.5.8. The Word:Mac program is version v.X. I think this is an older version of Word:Mac.
     
  2. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    That version of Word is almost 10 years old. It's not surprising it has issues running on your machine/OS.

    You really should consider upgrading to a more recent version, or even downloading OpenOffice to replace it.
     
  3. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Did you recently update the OS? Was Word behaving before with the same OS installed?
     
  4. aerojls85 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I haven't changed anything. It was working fine two days ago. Then stopped working right yesterday.

    I wish I could update my MS Office but don't have access to a newer version and don't really want to spend the money either.
     
  5. jaydentaku macrumors member

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    Open office is free and will allow you to work with your existing office documents.
     
  6. aerojls85 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    oh it is?! where can i download it? does it save documents as .doc? I need to be able to open them on a PC as well.
     
  7. belvdr macrumors 603

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    www.openoffice.org

    You can change the preferences so that it always saves a particular file (presentation, document, etc) as Office compatible. So, yes, it will open on another PC.
     
  8. jaydentaku macrumors member

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    Its very versatile, plus, you can download it for your PC as well.
     
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