Format Painter does not work correctly in Word 2003

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Important This article contains information about how to modify the registry. Make sure to back up the registry before you modify it. Make sure that you know how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up, restore, and modify the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows registry
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SYMPTOMS

When you use Format Painter in Microsoft Office Word 2003, Format Painter does not work correctly.

CAUSE

This problem occurs if you run a Word 2003 Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro or Automation client that installs an event handler for the WindowSelectionChange event. The WindowSelectionChange event is triggered after you use Format Painter.

RESOLUTION

This problem was first fixed in a hotfix that is now contained in a service pack. If you installed the latest Office 2003 service pack, you do not have to install the hotfix.

Service pack information

This problem is corrected in Office 2003 Service Pack 3. To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Office 2003. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
870924 How to obtain the latest service pack for Office 2003

After you install the service pack, follow the steps that are listed in the "How to enable the hotfix" section of the article to set the
KeepUISpecModeAtVbaEnd
registry key and to activate the hotfix.

Hotfix information

How to obtain the hotfix

This issue is fixed in the Word 2003 post-Service Pack 2 Hotfix Package that is dated November 10, 2005. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
898777 Description of the Word 2003 post-Service Pack 2 hotfix package: November 10, 2005

How to enable the hotfix

Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

To enable this hotfix, follow these steps:
  1. Quit Word 2003.
  2. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  3. Locate and then click to select the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\Options
  4. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  5. Type KeepUISpecModeAtVbaEnd, and then press ENTER.
  6. Right-click KeepUISpecModeAtVbaEnd, and then click Modify.
  7. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
  8. Quit Registry Editor.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

This problem was first corrected in Office 2003 Service Pack 3.

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Article ID: 900927 - Last Review: October 9, 2011 - Revision: 6.0
Keywords: 
kbregistry kboffice2003sp3fix kboffice2003presp3fix kbqfe kbbug kbfix KB900927

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