WD97: Post Service Release Fixes for Word 97

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Summary

Microsoft has made available several releases of fixes for Microsoft Word 97 for Windows.

For additional information, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
171159 WD97: List of Fixed Problems in Word 97 for Windows, SR-1
151020 OFF97: List of Fixed Problems in Office 97 for Windows, SR-2
In addition, Microsoft is making available additional fixes that are not part of either Service Release 1 (SR-1) or Service Release 2 (SR-2). These combined fixes are now available as part of the latest Microsoft Word 97 Update. The latest Word 97 update available is:
Word 97 Update: Macro Vulnerability

More information

To obtain the latest Microsoft Word 97 Update, browse to the following Microsoft Web site:
http://office.microsoft.com/downloads/9798/Wd97mcrs.aspx
NOTE: This fix requires that you first install Office 97 Service Release 2b (SR-2b). After you install this latest Word 97 update, when you click About Microsoft Word on the Help menu, the version information is changed to reflect the current version of Word, as in the following:
Microsoft (r) Word 97 SR-2
Copyright (c) 1983-1997 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. (QFE 8909)
If you attempt to run this update again on a system on which the patch is already installed, you receive the following message:
The patch is already installed.
If you reinstall Microsoft Word 97 for Windows, you must reinstall this update.

For additional information about the version history of Microsoft Word 97 for Windows (Microsoft Office 97 for Windows), click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
248710 OFF97: Overview and History of Office 97 Patches
For more information about the installation of the Word 97 Update: Macro Vulnerability fix, please see the Readme.txt file.

Fixes Included in "Word 97 Update: Macro Vulnerability"

Released: May 2001
The following fixes are included in this update. All fixes from earlier updates are also included in this update.

To view the Microsoft Knowledge Base article about the problem and its fix, click the link for the article that you want:
214652 WD97: Macro Warning Doesn't Appear Opening File Attached to Template That Contains Macros
When you open a Word document or RTF format file that is attached to a template that contains macros, the macro virus warning message may not appear. Word provides a macro warning message when a document that contains a macro is opened; however, if that document is attached to a non-trusted template that contains a macro, no warning is issued.
279501 WD97: Error Message When You Scroll in Document That Contains Table
When you scroll (or use Page Up or Page Down) through a Word document containing a table, an error message may appear.
297406 WD97: Wrong Number of Misspelled Words When Checking Spelling
When you attempt to check the spelling of your Word document, Word may indicate an incorrect number of misspelled words.

Fixes Included in "Word 97 Update: Mail Merge Security"

Released: October 2000
The following fixes are included in this update. All fixes from earlier updates are also included in this update.

NOTE: The fixes listed in this update are also included in the latest Word 97 update listed at the beginning of this article.

To view the Microsoft Knowledge Base article about the problem and its fix, click the link for the article that you want:
163807 WD97: Illegal Operation Opening Form Field Options Dialog Box
When you attempt to view the Options dialog box for a form field, you may receive an Invalid Page Fault error in MSO97.DLL.
172488 WD97: Unexpected Results When Clicking Between Text Form Fields
When you click a text form field, an Entry or Exit macro may not run or a form field of type Calculation may not update.
191281 WD97: DocProperty Field Truncated After 127 Characters
When you insert the contents of a document property into a Word document, the contents of the field may be truncated after 127 characters.
256571 WD97: Word Stops Responding During Spelling and Grammar Check in Page Layout View
When you open a document in page layout view, and the Check Spelling and Grammar check box is selected, Word stops responding when it reaches a blank header or footer that contains a paragraph mark.

When you move the insertion point into a table cell within an unprotected section from a protected form section that contains macro code that runs on exit from the protected cell, an exception access violation occurs.
272749 WD97: Macros Enabled Using Access Database File in Word
When you use a Microsoft Access database file that contains macros in Microsoft Word, Word does not display the macro virus warning message.
272751 WD97: Macros Are Enabled When Word Automatically Opens ASD Files
When Word automatically recovers a document from a previous session of Microsoft Word, macros contained in the document are enabled, and no macro warning message is displayed.
274249 WD97: Macros Enabled Using Access Database File in Mail Merge Document
When you open a Word mail merge document from either an e-mail attachment or a Web location (Internet-defined, intranet-defined, or Internet Explorer-defined Restricted Sites zone) that contains information from a Microsoft Access database, macros contained in the database may be enabled, and Word may not display the macro virus warning message.

Fixes Included in "Word 97 Update: Leap Year"

The following fixes are included in this update. All fixes from earlier updates are also included in this update.

NOTE: The fixes listed in this update are also included in the latest Word 97 update listed at the beginning of this article.

To view the Microsoft Knowledge Base article about the problem and its fix, click the link for the article that you want:
143147 WD97: Word Does Not Receive Subsequent Updates from DDE Server
When communicating via DDE from a DDEML server with Microsoft Word 97 for Windows, the DDE link may stop updating when a DDE conversation is going on simultaneously on the same topic with more than one item.
146584 WD97: Deleted Text Reappears with Tracked Changes On
When you are working in a Word document, deleted text may reappear.
146593 WD97: Corrupted Field Codes in the Header or Footer with Save Preview Picture
Fields in the header or footer of a document appear incorrectly, Word stops responding (hangs) when you delete text in the header or footer, or you receive an invalid page fault (IPF) in module Winword.exe when you save the document as RTF.
159678 WD97: Incorrect SECTIONPAGES or NUMPAGES Field When Printed
The result of the SECTIONPAGES field or NUMPAGES field is printed incorrectly, although it is displayed correctly on the screen.
168729 WD97: View Merged Data Fails After Using Find Record
After you use Find Record (on the Mail Merge toolbar) in a mail merge document, View Merged Data no longer updates the merge fields in the merge document.
172918 WD97: Dot or Dash Border Lost Opening Word 6.x, 7.x Document
When you open a Microsoft Word 6.x or 7.x document in Word 97, dot or dash borders on inline (non-floating) objects are lost.
176470 WD97: Next Page Section Break Changes to Odd
When you enter a next page section break and change the subsequent paper orientation (portrait to landscape or landscape to portrait), the next page section break may turn into an odd page section break.
187483 WD97: Word Generates Application Error When File Saved in RTF
When you save a Microsoft Word 97 document in Rich Text Format (RTF), you may receive an application error in WINWORD.exe.
214598 WD97: Merge to Printer Causes "Fields Nested Too Deeply" Error
If a Word document contains IF fields and you select Merge to Printer on the Mail Merge toolbar, you receive the "Fields nested too deeply" error message.
214652 WD97: No Macro Warning Appears When You Open File Attached to Template That Contains Macros
When you open a document file that is attached to a template that contains macros, the macro virus warning message may not appear. Word provides a macro warning message when a document that contains a macro is opened; however, if that document is attached to a non-trusted template that contains a macro, no warning is issued.
219541 WD97: Indications of Revisions Are Lost After Copy and Paste
In Word 97, when you copy text that includes tracked changes from one Word document and paste the text into another Word document, the pasted text no longer contains the indications of revisions that were made in the original document (underlining, bolding, strikethrough, or font color).
220339 WD97: STYLEREF Field in Header May Cause Word to Stop Responding
When you page through the headers of a Word document that contains a STYLEREF field, Word may stop responding (hang).
227831 WD97: Track Changes Shows Changes When None Were Made
When you create a document in Word 97 that contains an outline numbered list, save the document, and then turn on the "track changes" feature, the text is marked as having been modified.
229742 WD97: Error Message After You Undo a Deletion of a Section Break
In Microsoft Word 97 for Windows, when you try to print a document, perform a mail merge, delete the last character in a document, scroll through a document, select all and press DELETE, or open a file, you may receive an application error or an invalid page fault in WINWORD.exe.
229867 Word 97: Security Breach with Word Temp Files, NTFS Permissions
Temp files created by Word on an NTFS partition during large copy-and-paste operations do not inherit security attributes from the associated document.
229869 WD97: Word Hangs Checking Spelling in Multi-line Form Field
When you try to check the spelling of a field within a table that includes multiple lines of text, Word may stop responding (hang) if the last line of text in the field is not followed by a hard return.
231309 WD97: Bullets Change When Pasting Text to Another Document
When you paste text from one document that contains a style name defined as bulleted text, into another document that contains the same style name with a different bullet style, the paragraph should take on the attributes of the destination file's style with the same name. In this scenario, it does not.
234676 WD97: Word Document Is Saved Locally When Saved in Internet Explorer
When you open a Word document in Microsoft Internet Explorer from a URL similar to http://sharename/foldername, modify the document, and then save it, the document is not saved to the location from which you opened it. It is saved to a local folder instead.
236864 WD97: Word Crashes When Embedding TrueType "Characters in Use"
When you save a document with embedded TrueType fonts, Word may crash with an invalid page fault or an application error in WINWORD.exe.
237195 WD97: Cannot Find/Replace Text with Paragraph Format in Table
In Word 97, when you search for text and specify formatting as a search criterion, text with the specified formatting is not found if it is in a table.
237200 WD97: Form Fields Not Visible When Table Is Pasted as Word Document Object
When you copy all or part of a Word table that contains form fields and paste it into a new Word document as a Word document object, some of the form fields are not visible.
237258 WD97: Page Size Changes When You Edit Document Object Embedded in PPT Slide
In PowerPoint 97, when you edit an embedded Word object that contains a table or drawing object and then move the Word object, the Word page size shrinks or grows each time you move the object.
237274 WD97: Error Message: "This Document May Be Corrupt" After Switching Between Bullet and Number List Format
When you open a document in Word 97, you may receive the error message This document may be corrupt.
237278 WD97: Access Violation When You Programmatically Apply a ListTemplate That Doesn't Exist
When you programmatically apply a ListTemplate that does not exist, you may receive an access violation in WINWORD.EXE.
237279 WD97: Word Stops When You Use ApplyListTemplate Method
Word stops responding (hangs) when you use the ApplyListTemplate method to re-apply the same named list template to a selection.
237339 WD97: Automating Word Creates an Additional Document
When a Word document object embedded in another file--for example, a Microsoft Excel workbook--is first manipulated via automation and then opened for editing in a separate Word window, an additional "phantom document" appears, called Documentx (where x corresponds to the number Word gives to the next newly created document; for example, Document1 or Document8).
237737 WD97: Bullets Convert to Squares When Font Is Permanently Converted
When you choose to permanently convert a font substitution, bullets formatted in the substituted font appear as squares.
237848 WD97: File Not Registered in ROT After Being Opened in ODMA
Word does not register a file in the Running Object Table (ROT) after you open a document that is controlled by PC Docs. This results in COM code being unable to bind to the Word document file when the file has been opened through ODMA.
238407 WD97: Table Border Broken When Table Breaks Across Page
A table that has borders applied and that breaks across a page may be intermittently missing the bottom border.
239573 WD97: Cannot Set More Than One Property on Merged Cell Using Range Object
When you set more than one property of a merged cell within a Word table through a Range object of a Cell object, none of the changes is applied to the merged cell.
240232 WD97: Selection.Information Returns Incorrect Information from Merged Cells in Word Table
When you use the Selection.Information(wdStartOfRangeColumnNumber) or Selection.Information(wdStartOfRangeRowNumber) method to return the column or row number from a Word table with merged cells, the information returned does not take into account that a table contains merged cells. Thus the returned information cannot be used to reference cells in rows that contain merged cells.
240852 WD97: Invalid Page Fault When You Click ActiveX Control in Document Protected for Comments
When you double-click an ActiveX control--for example, a text box control--in a Word document that is protected for comments, you may receive a invalid page fault in VBA332.DLL.
241142 WD97: Unable to Edit OrgChart 2.0 Object
After inserting a new OrgChart 2.0 object into a document, you may be able to edit the object only a few times before it becomes corrupted.
241224 WD97: Word Table Embedded in Another Document Has White Line
When you open a file, such as a PowerPoint presentation, that contains an embedded Word table with shading, you see a white horizontal line within the shading at some zoom values.
241628 WD97: Using Selection.Cells in a Loop Gives Incorrect Results
Programmatically setting or referencing Selection.Cells properties for cells in a Word table gives incorrect results when executed within a loop. For example, the foreground pattern color changes for only three out of four selected cells.
241921 WD97: Copied Text Viewed as Metafile Appears Clipped in Viewer
When a section of text is formatted with a specific style in Word 97 and then copied, using either CTRL+C keys or the Copy command (Edit menu), and then viewed as an enhanced metafile through the Clipboard Viewer, the text is displayed with the style defined in Normal.dot. This can result in clipping of the copied and pasted section due to the font conversion.
243684 WD97:Deleting Paragraph Mark at End of Table Causes Exception Access Violation
When you delete a blank paragraph mark at the end of a Word table along with the final row marker on the table, Word 97 may enter into a CPU spin, or an Exception Access Violation may occur.
244205 WD97: FileName Field Code Does Not Resolve Mapped NetWare Server Path Correctly
When there are multiple drives mapped to the same NetWare server, Word may not resolve the path correctly when you use the FILENAME /p field. Instead of the correct drive, Word may display the path relative to another mapped drive to the NetWare server.
244434 WD97: Table Is Corrupted After Saving in Word 6.0/95 Format
Saving a document in Word 6.0/95 format results in a corrupted document if the document contains a table, and a floating picture is anchored in a table row. If you reopen the document in Word 97 and switch to normal view, Word may stop responding (hang), or an access violation may occur. Documents opened in Word 95 or Word 6.0 contain duplicate copies of the floating picture.
244437 WD97: Splitting Rightmost Cell in Table Loses Some Format
If any cell in the rightmost column of a Word table has a style applied and you split the cell, the resulting leftmost cell does not have all of the applied style's formatting, yet the rightmost cell shows the style as applied.
244516 WD97: Word Stops When Using VBA to Check List Formatting Properties
Word stops responding (hangs) and CPU utilization goes to 100 percent when you use Visual Basic for Applications to determine properties of list formatting in a selection.
247233 WD97: Invalid Page Fault When You Press ENTER in Table or Label Row at Top of Screen
When you press ENTER in the leftmost cell of a table or label row that appears at the top of the screen, you may receive an invalid page fault in WINWORD.exe.
256904 WD97: Day Name Is Incorrect in a Date and Time Field
In Word 97 for Windows, when you save a document as type Word 6.0/95 (*.doc) or Rich Text Format (*.rtf), the name of the day for a date after February 29, 2000, is incorrect.
265623 WD97: Embedded Document's Custom and Built-in Properties Lost If VBA Module Present
Custom and built-in properties of a Word document can be lost when a Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) module is present and you either embed a Word document object that contains a VBA module within an Excel or Word document, or you add a VBA module to a Word document that is embedded within Excel or Word.
269566 WD97: Error Message When You Click Exit, AutoCorrect, or Increase Indent
When you click AutoCorrect on the Tools menu, Exit on the File menu, Increase Indent on the Formatting toolbar, or Bullets or Numbering on the Standard toolbar, Microsoft Word may stop responding (hang) or display an error message.

Fixes Included in "Word 97 Update: ODMA"

The following fixes are included in this update. These fixes are also included in all later Word 97 updates.

To view the Microsoft Knowledge Base article about the problem and its fix, click the link for the article that you want:
142685 WD97: ODMA Close Doc Function Never Issued After Printing Selection with Background Printing Enabled
When you run Microsoft Word 97 with an ODMA-compliant document management system (DMS), a CloseDoc function is not issued via ODMA if you have background printing turned on, and you are printing only a selection in the document.
145584 WD97: Documents May Be Deleted from ODMA System
When you use Word 97 for Windows in conjunction with an ODMA-compliant Document Management System (DMS), and you quit the DMS while Word 97 has documents open through the DMS, and you then attempt to save the open documents, the original documents may be deleted from the disk.

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Article ID: 265374 - Last Review: October 12, 2012 - Revision: 2.0
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