Word for Mac problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by omeletpants, Nov 9, 2005.

  1. omeletpants macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2005
    I'm using Entourage and Word for Mac. Someone sent me a Word file created on a PC. I can open the file in Entourage. If I save the file to Word, I cannot open it and it gives an error. If I save it to Documents or the desktop I can open it.
  2. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    What is the error message you receive?

    And how do you "save a file to Word"? You should be saving the file to a location on your hard drive, and THEN opening it... or opening the file from within Entourage.
  3. omeletpants thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2005
    The message says: might not be a valid document. I can open it in Entourage or if I save it to the desktop or document folder. But if I save it as a file in Word then it won't open. In the PC world you can save any file received into Word and it will open when you open the Word app. I don't want to save to a documnets folder
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Sorry but there's a slight communication problem here. Word is an app, not a place to store data. I still can't work out what you mean by saving a file to Word. I'm a bit mad, so you might have to spell it out very clearly for me. What exactly are you doing? :)
  5. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    what they said above, and make sure the Word document has a 'doc' extension in the name when you try to save it.
  6. omeletpants thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2005
    Thanks everyone think I got it now. Here is what was happening: when I tried to save, the box highlighted the document as: xxxx not xxxx.doc. So, when I tried to save xxxx to Word it wouldn't. When I highlighted xxxx.doc then it worked. It's a subtle thing I didn't notice. Don't understand why the software chose not to highlight .doc

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