Ms Word Closes when sending email

When I have Word (Office 2003) open but no document in view. (Word open grey background) and I send an email after the send Word is automatically closed.

How can I prevent this from happening?
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kman48185Author Commented:
The solution turns out to be (did Google Search, tested and verifed)

Article ID: 240319 - Last Review: September 29, 2003 - Revision: 3.0
OL2000: Word Closes After Sending E-Mail Message

This article although re: word 2000 is the solution.

Microsoft Word 2000 closes after you send an e-mail message.
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This problem occurs if the following three conditions are true:
•      You send e-mail messages in either plain text or HTML format.
•      You use Word as your e-mail editor.
•      Word is open, but no documents are open.
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To resolve this problem do one or more of the following:
•      On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Mail Format tab. In the Send in this message format list, click Microsoft Outlook Rich Text, and then click OK.
•      On the Tools menu, click Options, click the Mail Format tab, click to clear the Use Microsoft Word to edit e-mail messages check box, and then click OK.
•      Leave at least one document open in Word, even if it is a blank document, when you send e-mail.
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Steps to Reproduce the Problem
1.      Start Word and close the blank document displayed at startup.
2.      Start Outlook, and on the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Mail Format tab.
3.      In the Send in this message format list, click either HTML or Plain Text, click to select the Use Microsoft Word to edit e-mail messages check box, and then click OK.
4.      Compose and send an e-mail message.

Try running a detect and repair for Office - go to the Help menu and select Detect and Repair.
kman48185Author Commented:
TheGorby, this did not help.  also I ran the detect and repair on Outlook too.

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Christopher MartinezCommented:
Search your drive for a file called "", close out of outlook and all word shell's and delete that file. ONce thats done open a word document back up again and try that again. let me know if that helps.
Christopher MartinezCommented:
Your using word 2000 in the office 2003 suite?  I didnt realize that was even possible heh. Good to know
kman48185Author Commented:

No no, sorry.  I meant that the solution that was good for Word 2000 was good for 2003 too.
Sorry if I misled you.

Christopher MartinezCommented:
No worries! I was just shocked that 2000 was able to work within the 2003 suite if that were the case. Im glad you found the solution that is good to know.
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