Blinking start typing here line


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Henry

Running WinXP Pro SP3 Office 2003

In Word I used to have a blinking line where I was going to start typing. I
now have a blinking dot. How do I get the blinking line back please?

Henry
 
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Stefan Blom

This is a display bug in Word 2003, known as the "tiny cursor issue." Change
the zoom to 500% and then back to the value you prefer; that fixes things.
 
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Henry

Stefan said:
This is a display bug in Word 2003, known as the "tiny cursor issue."
Change the zoom to 500% and then back to the value you prefer; that
fixes things.
Thank you very much. It worked like a charm.

As to your next post, I'm not into Macro's.

Henry
 
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Henry

Stefan said:
I'm glad I could help!
It doesn't stay. When I open a Word doc after some time, the blinking dot is
there again. Is there a way to keep the cursor as a line permanently?

Henry
 
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Stefan Blom

Word 2003 losing settings is a bug. I know you want to avoid macros, but the
easiest workaround is to add the following auto macros to Normal.dotm:

Sub AutoOpen()
ActiveWindow.View.Zoom.Percentage = 500
ActiveWindow.View.Zoom.Percentage = 100
End Sub

Sub AutoNew()
ActiveWindow.View.Zoom.Percentage = 500
ActiveWindow.View.Zoom.Percentage = 100
End Sub

See http://www.gmayor.com/installing_macro.htm.
 
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Henry

Stefan said:
Word 2003 losing settings is a bug. I know you want to avoid macros, but
the easiest workaround is to add the following auto macros to Normal.dotm:

Sub AutoOpen()
ActiveWindow.View.Zoom.Percentage = 500
ActiveWindow.View.Zoom.Percentage = 100
End Sub

Sub AutoNew()
ActiveWindow.View.Zoom.Percentage = 500
ActiveWindow.View.Zoom.Percentage = 100
End Sub

See http://www.gmayor.com/installing_macro.htm.
Thank you. I've had Office 2003 since it came out. It's just now starting
to do the change of cursor. I had to do some thing to screw it up. I may
have to get back to you about the Macro.

Henry
 
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Stefan Blom

You've probably been lucky before. Most people using Word 2003 see the "tiny
cursor bug" sooner or later.

Do come back if you have questions about the macro!
 
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Henry

Stefan said:
You've probably been lucky before. Most people using Word 2003 see the
"tiny cursor bug" sooner or later.

Do come back if you have questions about the macro!
I'm sorry to have to bother you, but I don't understand the macro stuff. I
searched for Normal.dot and when I opened it in a text editor, it was
computer symbols. I don't know how to insert your macro. I need step by
step instructions unfortunately.

Henry
 
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Stefan Blom

You don't have to open Normal.dotm (it can't be opened in a plain text
editor anyway). You will have to open the Visual Basic Editor from within
Word; you can do that by pressing Alt+F11. On the View menu, click Project
Explorer. Open the item called "Normal," and then click insert | Module.
Just paste in the code from this thread. On the Debug menu, click Compile
Normal and save by pressing Ctrl+S. Restart Word.
 
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Stefan Blom

You don't have to open Normal.dotm (and note that it can't be opened in a
plain text editor). Instead, open the Visual Basic Editor from within Word;
you can do that by pressing Alt+F11. On the View menu, click Project
Explorer. Open the item called "Normal," and then click insert | Module.
Just paste in the code from this thread. On the Debug menu, click Compile
Normal and then save by pressing Ctrl+S. Restart Word.
 
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Henry

Stefan said:
You don't have to open Normal.dotm (it can't be opened in a plain text
editor anyway). You will have to open the Visual Basic Editor from
within Word; you can do that by pressing Alt+F11. On the View menu,
click Project Explorer. Open the item called "Normal," and then click
insert | Module. Just paste in the code from this thread. On the Debug
menu, click Compile Normal and save by pressing Ctrl+S. Restart Word.
I opened Word and then pressed Alt+F11. I went to Word/View and clicked on
Project Explorer. A side window opened that was titled Project-Project and it
had AZ Wizard, Normal, Project (Document1) listed. When I clicked on Normal,
inside there was a folder labeled Microsoft Word Objects and a file under
that called ThisDocument.

I can't find Normal and then insert | Module anywhere. By the way, I have
Normal.dot *not* Normal.dotm if that makes any difference.

Henry
 
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Stefan Blom

Once you have selected the item ("project") called Normal, which represents
the Normal template, just click the Insert menu in the Visual Basic Editor,
and then click Module. A module called "Module1" will be added to the
"Modules" folder (if you don't see such a folder initially it will be
created). Just click Module1 and you'll see the code window on the right,
where you can simply paste in the auto macros earlier in this thread.
 
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Henry

Stefan said:
Once you have selected the item ("project") called Normal, which
represents the Normal template, just click the Insert menu in the Visual
Basic Editor, and then click Module. A module called "Module1" will be
added to the "Modules" folder (if you don't see such a folder initially
it will be created). Just click Module1 and you'll see the code window
on the right, where you can simply paste in the auto macros earlier in
this thread.
This time I think I got it. *Only time will tell.* Thanks for hanging in
with me and I'm sorry I haven't done this before and so required more hand
holding. I didn't realize that Alt + F11 was putting me in the Visual Basic
Editor and that I had to right click to get to some of the instructions.

Thanks again.

Henry
 
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Suzanne S. Barnhill

If you follow Graham's instructions, you get there automatically. You don't
have to do everything in his article, just the first bit. Getting access to
the Macros dialog (by displaying the Developer tab) is the only hard part,
and you only have to do that once.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
http://word.mvps.org
 

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