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I need to insert page numbers in Word 2007!

Posted on 2008-06-22
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When I attempt to insert a page number, I get an error message.(I spent last week trying to solve the problem of new documents being "protected" with now way to unprotect them. So I deleted the entire program and re installed it) Now, I still can't number pages. I have a school paper due today!
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by:GrahamSkan
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If it is specifically Word 2007, and definitely problem that would not arise with earlier versions, then I can can only help by advising you say what the error message is, and what you are doing to insert the page numbers.
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by:jmflemming
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1. I open Word
2. I double-click at the top of the page to enter the heading field.
3. I select "Page Number" in the lower left of the Ribbon (I think they call it the ribbon) or Toolbar.
4. I select top of page and I immediately get error message:
     Word cannot open this document template.
     (C:\...\1033\Building Blocks.dotx)
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I have tried deleating that dot file. I don't see why I should buy templates. I looked up another "C:\...\1033\Building Blocks.dotx" problem/solution here at experts exchange.com and that person replaced their hard drive...I can't do that. We have 4 different desktops, I think it's 4.  
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by:jmflemming
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OK, yes, there are 4 desktops. And, at least one of the other desktops seems to work ok. I will use that for my paper today. But, it would still be nice to know what happened. Did I do something? and how to avoid doing it again.

Thanks,

Juanita
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by:Darr247
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Did you move BOTH copies like it said?

If just moving the one in %userprofile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Document Building Blocks\1033 doesn't help the next step (resolution #2) is to move both of them (i.e. repeat moving the one in "%userprofile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Document Building Blocks\1033 PLUS move the one in "%programfiles%\Microsoft Office\Office12\Document Parts\1033"), then start Word and let it create the building blocks template again.

I don't see where anyone suggested buying more templates, btw... but considering GrahamSkan has about 3x as many points as the next person in the lists over there on the right, I think if that's what they said to try I would.
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I don't have 2007, so I don't usually try to answer 2007 questions, but you sounded a bit desperate. There aren't many experts who do know 2007 and it was Sunday when there are even fewer around.
 
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Thank you. I was pretty desperate. I found out that my PERRLA add in worked ok.
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I dan't find "%userprofile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Document Building Blocks\1033" I emptied the other file.

I still get the same error message "Word cannot open this document template. (C:\...\1033\Building Blocks.dotx)

The other desktops work correctly. So it is in my desktop stuff somewhere. Must I deleat my profile and create another?
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by:GrahamSkan
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As I said, I have no knowledge after Word 2003, but that action usually works for this sort of problem

This Word troubleshooting article by Microsoft includes 2007.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/921541
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by:jmflemming
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Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!

Oh THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!


It Worked!!
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> It Worked!!

What worked?

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Please have the asker mark the answer[s] that worked as the solution, not their own last comment.
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jmflemming:
If you open a command prompt window and run the command

SET

It will show you where %userprofile% is...  among the environment variables displayed it will say something like
USERPROFILE=C:\Documents and Settings\[logon name]

i.e. %userprofile% changes according to the username logged on.

You can also run

cd\%userprofile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Document Building Blocks\1033

in that window and it will take you to that folder and show you what the correct path is in the prompt.

Then you should be able to run

DEL Building Blocks.dotx

to delete it.

EE won't let me attach it, even renamed as a .doc file or zipped up (EE says files of type XML are not allowed), or I would include a copy of it here for you. So all I can tell you is it should be 322,380 bytes (right-click on it and choose Properties to see the file size in bytes and how much room it actually consumes on disk considering cluster size), and if you delete both copies Word should create a new one.

Anyway, maybe you'll find that info useful in the future, and I'm glad to hear you got it working.  :-)
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by:jmflemming
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So Sorry!
The Word Troubleshooting hyperlink led to a "Guided Help" program that fixed the problem once I downloaded and ran it.
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