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Ambiguous name detected: TmpDDE

I am using RingCentral Fax, which came with my Compaq, to send faxes with my Office 2000 word.  It worked great about 4 months and I believe that is around the time I installed Office 2000.  Then it stopped operating correctly for me.  When I remember it working, I was using Office 97.  My problem is when I try to attach (insert) a document to my fax, it opens word to retrieve the document, but it does not attach the document and word gives me the error message that reads:  "Microsoft Visual Basic:  Ambiguous name detected:  TmpDDE"  Hey, thanks alot.  I really appreciate the help.  I am desperate.

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Hi shlyden

You wont get much help for 5 points If you really want a solution to your prob you would need to offer at least 50.

As you are new I will try to help.The error message is telling you that you have got 2 objects with the same name. Do a search for *tmpdde and see which 2 are alike and change one.

I agree with antrat. I seldom go below 20-25. Try searching the Microsoft Knowledge Database I indicated in your last question. Saves points for the questions which can not be found there.
shlydenAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys.  I need more points.
shlydenAuthor Commented:
Adjusted points to 10
It's known bag of MS - look at citate from MS KB (if you don't follow cri's advice already):
PSS ID Number: Q165860
Article last modified on 09-22-1999

The information in this article applies to:
 - Microsoft Office 97 for Windows
When you send a fax that contains an attached Microsoft Word document from any
Microsoft Office 97 program, you may receive the following Visual Basic for
Applications error message:
   Ambiguous Name Detected: tmpdde
You may also receive this error message when you send any fax from Microsoft
This problem may occur when your fax software attempts to create a new Word
macro or routine with the same name as an existing macro or routine. In this
case, the Word global template may contain a macro named Tmpdde that was created
during a previously failed fax attempt.
To resolve this problem, use one of the following methods.
Method 1: Delete the Tmpdde Macro
You may be able to resolve this problem if you delete the Tmpdde macro from the
Microsoft Word global template (Normal.dot) file. To do this, use the following
1. Start Microsoft Word. On the Tools menu, point to Macro, and then click
2. Select any macro with the name Tmpdde and click Delete. Click Yes to confirm
   that you want to delete the macro.
3. Click Cancel. Close Microsoft Word.
4. Close all Microsoft Office programs and mail or fax programs. Restart the
   programs and re-send the fax.
Method 2: Rename Normal.dot
Search for all files named Normal.dot and rename them. To do this, follow these
1. Close Word and all MAPI-aware programs, such as mail, fax, or Office
2. On the Microsoft Windows taskbar, click Start, point to Find, and then click
   Files Or Folders.
3. In the Named box, type "Normal.dot" (without the quotation marks).
4. In the Look In box, select your local hard disk (or an alternate user
   template location if you are running Word from a network server).
5. Click Find Now to search for the file.
6. For each occurrence of Normal.dot that appears in the Find dialog box,
   right-click the file. Click Rename on the shortcut menu. Give the file a new
   name, such as OldNormal.dot or Normal-1.dot.
NOTE: Renaming the file Normal.dot removes any user-defined styles, AutoText,
Toolbars, and Macro Project Items that have been saved in that template. You can
use the Organizer to copy those items into the new Normal.dot that is
automatically created.
This problem occurs most often when you send faxes from Microsoft Outlook 97 or
Microsoft Word 97. In each reported case, the fax either contains an attached
Word document or is a Word document that is sent from within Word.
For more information about the Organizer, click the Office Assistant, type "How
do I use the Organizer," click Search, and then click to view "Use settings from
another document or template."

P.S. I guess, it's answer :-)

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