Word quits when you copy and paste portions of a document in Word 2002

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When you copy and paste portions of a Word 2002 document, Word quits abruptly with the following error message:
WINWORD.exe has generated errors and will be closed by Windows. You will need to restart the program.
This behavior also occurs if you use a Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro to perform a similar function. Specifically, Word quits when the macro tries to read the Selection.Range.Information VBA property.


A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language. The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date           Time      Size       File name     
   20-Dec-2002   19:12      5,795,080  Winword.msp
   20-Dec-2002   19:54      6,637,840  Winwordff.msp
After the hotfix is installed, the English version of this fix will have the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table:
   Date           Time  Version      Size        File name     
   20-Dec-2002   00:41  10.0.4817.0  10,598,984  Winword.exe


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


To view the error signature after Word quits, follow these steps. Note Because there are several versions of Microsoft Windows, the following steps may be different on your computer. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.
  1. Click Start, point to Programs, and then click Microsoft Word.
  2. On the Help menu, click About Microsoft Word.
  3. Click System Info.
  4. Expand Office 10 Applications.
  5. Click Office Event/Application Fault.
  6. Scroll to the bottom of the log to find the date that Word quit and generated the error message described in the "Symptoms" section of this article.

    It will have the following properties:
    Event: Application Failure
    Application: winword.exe
    Version: 10.0.4219.0
    Module: winword.exe
    Module Version: 10.0.4219.0
    Offset: 00020ec2


Article ID: 811930 - Last Review: February 27, 2014 - Revision: 4.2
  • Microsoft Word 2002 Standard Edition
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