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Arrow keys behave strange in text box (Textfeld)

I have a Word 2003 document with some linked text boxes. Outside the text boxes, if I press "arrow left" the cursor moves one character to the left, as it should. Inside the text box, when I press the same key, the cursor jumps to the previous text box. Same goes for the "up" arrow key. Likewise right and down move to the next text box. Even "Home" does not bring me to the beginning of the current line, but to the first text box.

Can someone help me to get the cursor keys work the way they should be expected to?
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dopyiiiCommented:
Strange problem.  Does it work in Word safe mode (start > run > type winword /a and hit enter)?  If so, check this out:
http://howtotroubleshoot.blogspot.com/2005/10/how-to-clean-word.html
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hutterAuthor Commented:
Sorry, dopyiii, I somehow didn't get a message telling me there was a comment.

I tried it aout: a "clean" doc with "/a" started Word. If I insert linked textboxes there everything seems to work OK. If I open the document I have problems with, the behavior is "strange" again. So it's either the document itself or the template. If I create a new doc from the template, everything seems to work fine. So maybe it's just a fauklt in my doc... But where should i look? I could try to build the doc from scratch... but I'd rather save me this effort (and understand what is happening - who knows when it will hit again).
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dopyiiiCommented:
No problem.

So, you opened the doc in /a mode and it still had the problem?  That means that something in the doc is damaged.  Depending on how complex the document is, and how long it'd take to recreate, I'd just cut my losses and make a new one.  Although, before doing so it's probably worth running through my "how to clean word" article first, just to make sure that there's nothing that's going to follow into the new document.

With that said, you might want to try a few steps of my damaged document troubleshooting article.  Most steps don't take long, and whatever step works could give us a hint as to what's wrong.  Here it is:
http://howtotroubleshoot.blogspot.com/2006/03/damaged-document-troubleshooting.html
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hutterAuthor Commented:
That last link was really helpful. Copying the document w/o the last paragraph mark and pasting it inside a new doc did the job. (Inserting the file did so as well, but it seemed safer to do wiithout that last special paragraph mark). I found out that the template that the doc (which is a monthly newsletter) is based on has a landscape orientation with two columns on each page. As the months went by, I edited the last edition over and over again, just "Saving as..." and along the way I changed the format to portrait single column at one particular time, so that the current edition is portrait single with a template that is landscape two column. Does that tell you anything?
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dopyiiiCommented:
Glad you got it fixed.  Inserting the file is suppose to be the same as copying it over, but copying it over is just more fun.

I forget all that the last paragraph mark (called a pilcrow, BTW) stores in it.  If I remember right, it's basically document wide paragraph formatting.  It's likely that either a header/footer or style was corrupted over time.  The way you've been reusing the document tells me that this was probably the case.  Word documents are enormously complex under the covers - basically one big binary object data dump.  So, one little glitch can cascade into a huge problem down the road.  Have I restored your confidence in M$ document formats yet?  :)

I'd say to minimize the chances of this happening again, I'd make a copy of the document (always a good idea), and then remove all of the parts of the newsletter that are going to change.  Maybe put some "remember to fill me in" text (I like to do it like this, if you care: <<fill me in later>>).  Then, once you have a good blank template, actually save it as a template (.dot). Save that somewhere where you won't lose it.  The next time you need a newsletter, just double-click the template and it will give you a brand new document, ready to be filled in.

Hope that helps!
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