We have about 100 similiar Word documents which are safety instructions. The documents include pictures and objects. Most of the documents are very similiar in the placement of the objects. Somehow, in every file, all of the objects are now the same. Also, the object seem to have shifted there position. All of the pictures are gone or not visible except for one, and it is only visible when I switch the view to 'Web layout'.
The original author is no longer here. I believe when she created the documents she grouped all of her objects. The person now in charge of the documents said that one day he was reviewing the documents and a question box appeared. Before reading the message he just clicked 'Yes'. After that, all of the documents seem to have changed to contain the group of objects as mentioned. I have attached a sample of a current document and a photo of an original (all we have of the originals are hardcopies).
What may have happened and is their a way to restore the original objects.
Please note, we have tried to restore the documents from backups made about a year ago when we think things were okay; however, these appear to be the same way, as if there is a setting in Word that changes the document view or template when those documents are opened.