MS Word 2013 > File > New > Blank --- "freezes" before displaying the new document.

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Before I attempt the obvious things like an office repair, I want to see if anybody has ever seen this behavior.

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We have a problem with Windows 7 pro machine (64 bit)  with office for home and business (32 bit),

Everything works fine except things get weird once or twice a week.

For instance, I am in Document 6, and want to start a new document. I click on File, New, Blank Document. The document is immediately created, but it is not activated. Instead Document 6 "Freezes". I cannot click on menu items like Home or Insert.  Word is not totally frozen because I can switch to other documents and they seem fine, but when I return to Document 6 it remains frozen.  To unfreeze Document 6, I have to click on "File" then keyboard Escape which causes the new document to open and everything proceeds normally.  

Another symptom occurs when I am reading and Outlook email.  If I open an attachment the same problem occurs.  Sometimes I have to close outlook to unfreeze things.

This is a nearly new computer -- everything was installed about two months ago and the problem started to appear almost immediately.


Until tomorrow, I will only award points to somebody who has actually experienced and solved this exact problem. After that I will award points for any helpful advice.  "Try an office repair" is not terribly helpful, because I already intend to do that if all else fails.
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
Often, problems like this are due to add-ons (i.e. a Dymo label printer is giving one of my clients fits!)  Check the add-ons first and then try deleting NORMAL.DOTM after making a backup copy.  Word will create a new, virgin copy when you next run it.

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rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
There were no add-ons to remove.

I deleted NORMAL.DOTM last week, and the problem has not come back.  But, it was always sporadic, so it may be several weeks before I am sure.  I will award points today, and post a new question if the problem reoccurs.
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