"Microsoft Word has encountered a problem" every time on exiting (closing) Word

Every time she exits from Word a particular user gets the "Microsoft Word has encountered a problem and needs to close..." box with a checkbox to "recover my work and restart Office Word" and an invitation to send an error report.
There is no identifiable error.
This always happens for one user when she is logged on to the computer - but not for other users who use the same software on the same computer.
This is Word 2003 SP2 running on fully-updated Windows XP SP2
rashieldsAsked:
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dopyiiiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Does it work in Word safe mode (start > run > type winword /a and hit enter)?  If so, then you're on the right track, but haven't gotten all of the necessary steps yet.  My guess is there's probably something in a the Word/Office startup folder.  Have a look at this:
http://howtotroubleshoot.blogspot.com/2005/10/how-to-clean-word.html
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
Uninstall MS Word as administrator, then reinstall
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rashieldsAuthor Commented:
I have tried that already.
Please note that the problem only occurs for one user, and not for any others.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
Here's your resolve..
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/286839/en-us

Basically, delete the normal.dot for that user, and it will be recreate upon start of Word
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rashieldsAuthor Commented:
Sorry, but this is not the answer either!  I have tried it already.
The link that you quote from MS support refers to a problem encountered on STARTING Word, but the problem that I have reported only occurs on EXITING Word!
I have tried replacing normal.dot several times, including letting Word do it automatically after a previous deletion.
BTW, other users of the same computer actually use the same global template - with no problem.

I have increased the points offered because this has been really bugging me for months, and I can see that it is quite difficult!
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Irwin SantosConnect With a Mentor Computer Integration SpecialistCommented:
You "could" take a chance on this;
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/252968/en-us
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rashieldsAuthor Commented:
OK - although that article referred to much earlier versions of Word - I just tried the equivalent of the workaround that it describes: I went into the registry and deleted hkey_current_user\software\microsoft\office\11\Word\data
(11 is the current version)

No luck!  The problem persists.
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Anne TroyConnect With a Mentor East Coast ManagerCommented:
Delete the whole Word key, then.

Here are the appropriate steps to troubleshooting Word:
http://www.officearticles.com/word/steps_to_troubleshooting_microsoft_word.htm
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rashieldsAuthor Commented:
OK - many thanks to you all.  The answer seems to come out of a combination of these ideas - but mostly from dopyiii and the link to the (imperfect) howto... article.

The problem appears to have been caused by an Addin - almost certainly from Caere Omnipage Pro 14 (an OCR program).  It was not removed by deleting the whole Word key in the registry at HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\ because there was another Word key at the higher level: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office.  Deleting that Word key (which contained Addin information) cured the user's problem - although it subsequently returned after she ran Omnipage again!   There was a 26MB update available for Omnipage that had not been installed.  Finally, updating Omnipage seems to have cured the problem.

Thanks again - I'll try to split the points fairly!
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
cool. thank you!
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dopyiiiCommented:
I'm glad you got it fixed!  When you upgrade Office, the old registry keys are left behind, probably for resiliency and legacy support (I don't think it's necessary, but they didn't ask me).  But, they can cause problems as you've seen.

So, what's imperfect about the article?  I'll be glad to fix it.
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rashieldsAuthor Commented:
Sorry for my picky comment about the excellent troubleshooting article!  In Step 2 ("Clean out the registry settings"), in the third paragraph, there are two clauses both numbered "1".  They each appear to refer to the same registry location (so why repeat it?) - or should they be different locations?  
And (as we have seen) there is usually now a version number (eg 11.0) between the Office and Word levels.  This has been omitted (or got lost in a line-break)
Also these clauses are followed by a bullet point that doesn't read right!

... Anyway what's ever perfect? :-)

...certainly not MS's use of their registry!  It seems that they still register Addins under  ...\Office\Word whilst registering other things under ...\Office\11.0\Word.
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dopyiiiCommented:
You know, I updated that section not too long ago and I think I just made it worse :\

I'll blame it on blogspot's horrible wysiwyg editor.  Thanks for the feedback though!  I'll put that on my BDS list (better do soon) :)
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