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Word 2011 document changed to all asterisks!


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Make sure you've turned on "Always create a backup copy" in Word preferences, Save. That way, every time you edit your document, Word will create a backup copy. Additionally, in preferences where it states "File Locations" change that to your documents folder so that any backups or recovery files are easy to find.
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Thanks for the advice. I have done that already now.
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This just happened to my fiancee, she lost a couple of weeks worth of final year university work, just wondering if a cause or remedy has been found for it yet?!
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According to this, the problem was fixed in the 14.1.2 update so make sure Office is up to date. As for fixing it, it would appear that you're out of luck (as far as I know). If you have one, recover the files from a backup.

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Originally Posted by Razormac View Post
Erm, restarting your Mac etc has absolutely nothing curative about it. I shut down my Mac every night, yet I just had a 10 page document turn to asterisks. My auto save is set to 1min, but luckily I managed to quit out of Word without the error becoming permanent in my doc.
This is a major, potentially lethal (for anyone's work) bug which must be tackled asap. Totally and utterly unacceptable!
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If you are going to quote, at least do it correctly.

I am also surprised that you would go to the first page of a five page thread and pull something out of context.

What you were quoting, and by doing so implying that I was the author of that reccommendation, was a series of background information posted from another website.

To set the record straight, I have never experienced this problem, don't know how to fix it, and only posted it as reference because I saw where people were running into this problem.

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This is a major, potentially lethal (for anyone's work) bug which must be tackled asap. Totally and utterly unacceptable!
Did you read the post directly above yours? In other words, have you updated your copy of Word to the latest. The asterisks bug was fixed sometime back.

Also, as I asked and advised another user, do you have "Always make a backup" turned in Word preferences, Save?
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