Word 2007 shows 'Open and Repair' msg often for DOCs with many tables RRS feed

  • Question

  • I found that certain Word documents which contain upwards of 20 or 30 small tables (2 or 3 rows, 4 or 5 columns, apiece), work fine as long as a user is working withing the document originally in Word 2007, but after saving as a DOC and re-opening, the user is prompted to do an "Open and Repair" and there is frequent corruption around a table within the document.  Usually there are missing end-of-cell or end-of-table markers (according to the Repair message box).

    We are using the DOC format instead of DOCX.

    Is something known to be systematically worse about Word 2007 saving to DOC format instead of DOCX? 

    All of the PCs in my firm are configured with Windows XP SP3, and Office 2007 SP2.   For reasons of compatibility with other systems, we work with the following two Registry values set:

    DefaultFormat   REG_SZ              "doc"
    CompatMode     REG_DWORD     00000001

    These cause MS Word 2007 to be in a 2003 "compatibility mode" and to save files in a DOC format by default.

    I know that with MS Excel 2007 there has been an issue saving to the XLS format and seeing all cells turn to #VALUE and a message appearing saying "File error: data may have been lost."  This only occured with Excel 2007 saving as XLS.  I wonder if this is a parallel case with Word 2007 not creating fully correct DOC files.


    Wednesday, November 9, 2011 9:16 PM


  • Hi Geoff

    this isn't the right venue to be asking a question concerning compatibility between file formats. The MSDN formats target assisting programmers writing code. That's a different skill set than required for supporting questions about file formats and Word behavior at the end-user level.

    The better place to discuss this would be the "Answers" site. Unfortunately, we're not able to move messages from MSDN to Answers:

    FWIW I have read about issues along these lines, but as it's peripheral to the work I do, I didn't put any of the details in my long-term memory...

    Cindy Meister, VSTO/Word MVP
    Thursday, November 10, 2011 6:20 AM