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This article was previously published under Q166058
If you select the option to open a file for editing in Microsoft Word Viewer 97-2000, a new instance of Microsoft Word is started even if there is an instance of Word already running.
This problem is fixed in the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003.

For additional information on how to obtain the latest version of the Microsoft Word Viewer, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
891090How to obtain the latest Microsoft Word Viewer
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 Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003.
To open a file for editing, you must have Microsoft Word installed on your computer. To open a file for editing from inside Microsoft Word Viewer, follow these steps:
  1. Open the document in Word Viewer. To do so, on the File menu, click Open and then select the document that you want to open.
  2. After the document is open in Word Viewer, you can edit it in Microsoft Word. To do this, click Open for editing on the File menu.
Microsoft Word starts and the document opens in Word.

Note You can use the Microsoft Word 97-2000 Viewer to view documents that were created in Microsoft Word 97, in Microsoft Word 2000, in Microsoft Word 2002, and in Microsoft Office Word 2003.
For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
165908 Description of the Microsoft Word Viewer 97-2000
WV WD97 WD2000 WD2002 WD2003

Article ID: 166058 - Last Review: 01/19/2007 23:06:08 - Revision: 3.2

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  • Microsoft Office Word 2003
  • Microsoft Word 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003
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