Word hangs when creating List of Figures

Word hangs when creating List of Figures

Post by i_like_mac » Fri, 17 Oct 2008 05:53:57


Version: 2008
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
Processor: Intel

Hello,

Word 2008 hangs when I create a list of figures section in my dissertation from captions. It seems to be stuck in a repaginating operation. Of my 100+ page dissertation it seems to always hang on page 82, necessitating a Force Quit.

I would like to know whether there are more stable ways to create a list of figures. Thank you very much in advance.
 
 
 

Word hangs when creating List of Figures

Post by i_like_mac » Fri, 17 Oct 2008 10:47:03

If it helps, I have confirmed that creating a table of contents from heading styles also hangs word during the repagination.

I have deleted preferences and the font cache, additionally to the normal template. I have also repaired permissions after the latest (12.1.3) update.

It also seems that it is only this file in question that hangs during creating a list of figures or a table of contents. I tried the tip I read somewhere to copy and paste the original document minus the last paragraph indicator ("Maggie the File" method?), but without success.

Perhaps I have a corrupted file, but I would like to avoid recompiling the 100+ page document, if possible.

 
 
 

Word hangs when creating List of Figures

Post by John McGhi » Fri, 17 Oct 2008 21:17:23

Right. You have at least one corrupted paragraph in that document. A
Maggie won't fix corrupted text components.

Let's try saving to a Web Page: That forces Word to re-create the internal
code of the document. It may fix this (if Word doesn't hang trying to do
it...)

Save as Web Page

1. Open the document
2. File>Save As... And choose Web Page
3. In the bottom of the dialog, make CERTAIN ave entire fileis checked.
4. Save the file and close the document
5. Quit Word and re-start it
6. Open the Web Page version of the file
7. Fil>>Save as and this time choose ocument 8. Give the file a different name, so you have the old one to go back to.
9. Check the file for missing bits.

If you choose ave Display information onlyyou strip out the code in the
file that enables Word to re-create a document from it later. By forcing
Word to re-express the file in a different format, you cause it to discard
any code it cannot understand. That fixes the problem, but it can lead to
missing text.

Hope this helps


On 16/10/08 11:17 AM, in article XXXX@XXXXX.COM ,
>
> If it helps, I have confirmed that creating a table of contents from headin>
> styles also hangs word during the repagination>
>>
> I have deleted preferences and the font cache, additionally to the norma>
> template. I have also repaired permissions after the latest (12.1.3) update>
>>
> It also seems that it is only this file in question that hangs during creatin>
> a list of figures or a table of contents. I tried the tip I read somewhere t>
> copy and paste the original document minus the last paragraph indicato>
> ("Maggie the File" method?), but without success>
>>
> Perhaps I have a corrupted file, but I would like to avoid recompiling th>
> 100+ page document, if possible.

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Word hangs when creating List of Figures

Post by i_like_mac » Sat, 18 Oct 2008 00:14:43

For my final dissertation file format, I have chosen .docx, as it was mentioned that this was more suitable for longer documents. It is unfortunate then, that my file is already corrupted!

Anyhow, I thank you John for your generous help. I will try your suggestion to save my file as a web page. However, as I do have hourly Time Machine backups, I will initially attempt to use a known uncorrupt file to see whether I can recreate my "Table of Contents" and "List of Figures and Tables" without incident. Fingers crossed...
 
 
 

Word hangs when creating List of Figures

Post by i_like_mac » Sat, 18 Oct 2008 03:13:52

Update: I used an earlier, uncorrupt version of the dissertation file, recovered from Time Machine, and could get my "Table of Contents" and "List of Figures and Tables" sections working once again! I hope my file doesn't get corrupt any more. Fingers crossed...

Otherwise, I would have used the "Save as Web Page" technique. Thanks again John for answering this and my other enquiries.