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Powerpoint 07- custom margins error

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Hi Folks,
I am reposting the following question because I thought the solution I got solved the problem, but the problem is now reoccurring:

I have a user using Office 2007 all updated. When going into the custom margins window of a table and adjusting the margin sizes there, she receives an error when hitting Save on the file: "Powerpoing found an error that it can't correct. You should save presentations, quit, and then restart Powerpoint." Hitting Save As... yields the same result when trying it as a workaround. Has anyone ever seen this behavior before? The solution was that the table objects were corrupt because when she re-created the tables they saved just fine. But this is happening again now. Thanks!
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Did you try the printer driver thing that I originally suggested?
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yep, I had her set the default on the printer driver and she still got an error with the table margins. I also tried uninstalling and reinstalling Office as well FYI. Thanks!
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Did you use the exact printer driver in that PPT FAQ article?
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yep, I used the same one that was in the illustration as well
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by:mrosier
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Hey Echo, sorry I have forgotten about my asking this question. I am thinking it is just a software bug in this issue with PPT? I keep having issues and no fixing, reinstalling, drivers, updating, nothing works. I know 07 is buggy so should I just choke it up to that?
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Yeah, 2007 is buggy, but this problem that you're describing isn't a common one. It's not a bug that I'm aware of, anyway. I would be very tempted to call Microsoft Support about it.

I forget. Did we check to see what add-ins you have installed in Office Button | PPT Options | Add-ins?
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by:mrosier
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Hey Echo, good to "see" you. Yeah it was totally out of the box config with the usual online MS updates. Nothing uniquely configured. Could have anything to do with them working in a file that was created in 2003? That is the only thing that is a bit different. It is not a file created in 2007 afterall.
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Ah, yeah, that could be. Tables in 2007 are new. The old tables should update to the new table features, but there may be something going on under the hood, especially with that particular file. What happens if they create a new file in 2007 and try to change table margins then? What if they create a new file using PPT 2003 and try to change those table margins in 2007?

For what it's worth, I can't repro it here. I opened PPT 2003, inserted a table onto a slide, typed in some text. I then duplicated that slide and changed margins on some of the cells in the table. Then I saved the file to my server as Presentation3.ppt. Closed PPT.  I opened PPT 2007 on another computer, opened that file, and went to the custom margins and changed them to various settings on both the table with the default 2003 table margins and on the table with custom margins. Closed that dialog box, closed and saved PPT with no problems.

I suspect it's an issue with a particular file.
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well I can tell you this. When those tables are removed and then recreated in the 2007 program, everything comes out ok. So I was guessing it might be a transition between the tables in 2003 and 2007. Honestly this being a while ago I am trying to remember, but I am pretty sure about the margins being custom.
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Sounds to me like you've got some corrupt table objects in the file. Deleting and recreating them is probably the best bet.
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thanks echo, I appreciate it!
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It was just a complicated path no matter how it was to be explained.
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