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    Microsoft Word Problem
    Hi, I have a 2011 Office for mac updated to 14.1.0 and I use it often.
    The problem I'm having though is that after I save and close a document, in no matter what format I save it as (I've tried them all) when I open it, it creates another copy of it, every time I open it. And if I open the copy, then it creates a copy of the copy. So it's causing problems for me every time I use it.

    I need help as I'm a student, and I don't have time to waste having to delete all these copies of these documents.

    Oh and I've tried uninstalling and installing it again, so it isn't something to do with that. I wonder if anyone else has had this problem.

    Thanks for the help guys.

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    never met this problem,but can u sure that your file is read & write format?
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    I'm sure in that when I open it again, I can write on it from where I saved it?
    They do open and are capable of writing on them

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    Where are you trying to save it? Are you sure you have permission for that folder or drive?
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    It doesn't matter where I try to save it on my mac, it'll do this everywhere - on memory pens, documents folder, desktop etc.
    And I definitely have permission in all of these, it's my mac, so I have access everywhere on it.

    But it's not a problem saving it, it's a problem when I open it again. I think its something in the settings telling it to make a copy, because it doesn't do it to the same document on the college mac. I just don't know what.

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    MS Word Preferences -> Save -> Remove the check from the box that states "Always Make a Backup Copy".

    Warning.... If you turn this off, make sure you have the Autosave feature turned on and set to a short interval. If you should ever experience a crash and have neither of those options set, you could lose all your work.

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    I'm afraid it isn't that either.
    I went to the preferences, and it already wasn't ticked. I ticked it and closed it, saved something, tested it and then went and switched it off and tested again, just to see if it would make a difference, but it made no difference.
    It wasn't that

    I know it probably seems like I probably didn't describe it right, but this is definitely whats happening to my documents.

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    I'm afraid you lost me. I don't know of any other way an Office document would be duplicated without that option being set.

    Do you have any other software installed that could be duplicating those files? A program called "Forever Save" will do exactly what you described.

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    YouTube - ‪Screen Recording.mov‬‏

    This is what happens to my word documents.

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    It appears that you are selecting "Open a copy" rather than opening the original document. Every time you do that, Word will create another copy of the document.

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    It's doing that itself though, when I click on the original, it opens the other one whether I like it or not.

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    You're saving your file as Word Document Stationery. This creates a template, which can then be used over and over and over again.

    When you save a file, pull down the Format option and save it as a Word document. That should (I'm hoping) solve your problem.
    "The only thing that is constant is change." -- Heraclitus

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