Mike’s Dump

June 23, 2005

Word Error Message

Filed under: Uncategorized — mikesdump @ 12:11 pm

I’ve seen my fair share of “great” error messages. You know the type, error messages that leaving you thinking what the hell was the developer smoking when they wrote that?
This morning I tried opening a design document that I’ve been reviewing and I got the below error message. I’ll admit it isn’t an instance classic but I thought it was worth the screenshot anyways.

The document that I was opening was probably based off the Design Doc template.dot but it was not the file that I opened. Things usually get to me pretty easily when I’m tried and I’ve been pretty tired this week. But if the error wasn’t serious would you tell me about it? I’m also pretty sure there was no error when I opened this document last time so what was the error that Word is talking about? If I decide to open it what is the worst that could happen… “a very serious error” could occur?
I was feeling lucky and decided to take a big risk and say yes. I grabbed the mouse a little tighter, sat up a little straighter in anticipation… would the document open? Well of course it did. It’s a Word document opening in Word 2003. With that many versions under their belt you’d think loading a file wouldn’t be too difficult.
Some might say just click on the Show Help button Mike and stop your whining. Office help, you mean that stuff with the stupid paper clip? Don’t get me started on that.



  1. Well it really surprised me but one of my posts (Word Error Message) has received more than 1000 hits….

    Comment by Mike's Dump — July 6, 2005 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

  2. I have complained about an error message from Microsoft Word a few
    months back.
    I recently found this…

    Comment by Mike's Dump — December 10, 2005 @ 5:37 pm | Reply

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