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The open XML file Normal.dotm cannot be opened because there

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Dustin
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My name isXXXXX am here to help.

This sometimes is an easy fix by just repairing permissions, and other times we have to take ownership of your temp folder, delete some files, and then delete the normal.dot template itself.

So lets try this step first, and if it doesnt work get back to me so we can continue through the process.


To open Disk Utility, from the Applications folder, open Utilities, and then double-click the Disk Utility icon.

In the column on the left, click your startup disk.

Click the First Aid tab, and then click Repair Disk Permissions. Disk Utility will reset any files and folders with incorrect settings.


Afterwords, restart your mac.. Then try to open word again, is it working now?

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Customer reply replied 5 years ago

Followed instructions about, rebooted, but nothing has changed.


 


Sorry. Still get "there are problems with the contents or the file name might contain invalid characters (for example, /\)."

Customer reply replied 5 years ago
,

Followed instructions about, rebooted, but nothing has changed.  


 


Sorry. Still get "there are problems with the contents or the file name might contain invalid characters (for example, /\)." 

Customer reply replied 5 years ago
,

Followed instructions about, rebooted, but nothing has changed.  


 


Sorry. Still get "there are problems with the contents or the file name might contain invalid characters (for example, /\)." 



Customer reply replied 5 years ago

"Do you want to replace normal.dotm" always comes up after I close Word.

,,

Followed instructions about, rebooted, but nothing has changed.  


 


Sorry. Still get "there are problems with the contents or the file name might contain invalid characters (for example, /\)." 



Thanks..

Then we need to delete the plist files next, aand also the normal.dot file.

Lets start here.

Click on "Go" in finder Menubar
- Select Home
- Select Library
(NOTE: If you are using the Lion Operating System the Library folder may be hidden. If you do not see the Library folder here, hold down your option on the Keyboard and Click on Go in the Finder Menubar, you should then see the Library folder)
- Open the Application Support folder
- Open the Microsoft Folder
- Open the Office Folder and the User Templates
- In here you should see a Normal.dotm file. Drag this file to the Trash and restart the Mac.
- Open Word, create a test document and save it to create the new Normal.dotm file.
Also check in the Word preferences to see if the 'Prompt to save Normal template is checkmarked. To do this:
- Open Word
- Click on Word in the Menubar
- Select Preferences
- Select Save
- If the 'Prompt to save Normal template' is checkmarked, uncheck it and click on OK.

Once normal dot has been trashed, try to start word again..

Results?


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Customer reply replied 5 years ago

Did everything above, restarted, created a new document called "Test Document", tried to save, and got a message saying "This is not a valid file name."

Thanks.. Im trying to avoid switching to a new MAc user profile.. ( which will work )

So lets try this next.

Download and make sure to install the update below.

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads?pid=Mactopia_Office2011&fid=877700ED-3D03-4D46-A77B-5063D8F7D2E3#viewer


Restart your mac, and then try word again.. Can you open it, can you open files, save files?


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Customer reply replied 5 years ago

<sigh>


 


Downloaded and installed; Nothing has changed . . .

Ok..

If you go to your home folder.

Where it lists your Hard drives.. Do you have a hard drive listed as exactly Mac HD

This is very important, because if your hard drive name has been changed .. Then this alone would cause the issue. and renaming it to XXXXX will solve it.


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Customer reply replied 5 years ago

I can't find my hard drives listed in my home folder: Only these files--


Boys Visit.jpeg


Boys Visit.mm


Boys.jpeg


Boys.mm Boys.pdf


Desktop


Desktop-1


Documents


Downloads


Dropbox


leilani_trailer.wmv


Movies


Music


My iMindMap Files


Pictures


Public


San Francisco


Activities.mm


Sites


Tax Questions for Steve.doc

On the left of the screen , when yo u see those files..

DO you see any hard drives, volumes, or disks listed?
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Customer reply replied 5 years ago

I do . . . my hard drive has a bizarre name (\=87yfr4u7i8op-[]\]87y6t\).


 


How do I rename (and is this caused by a virus?)

Thast the issue!!!


  1. Go to Computer view in Finder (Go menu -> Computer)
  2. Select the disk to be renamed
  3. Get Info on it (File menu -> Get Info)
  4. Expand the Name section
  5. Change the name to exactly Mac HD
  6. Press Tab once done, so that the change takes effect
  7. Close the Get Info window

That should do the trick.. Now, test the office programs.. Any luck?

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Customer reply replied 5 years ago

Problem solved; excellent service.


 


What ghost in the machine renamed my hard drive?


 


Thank you!


 


Danny

Its hard to be sure Danny how or why the Hard drive was renamed.. Could have been a backup, an install, an update.. Or just a freak occurence.

If it changes again in the next 2 months, let me know as that could symbolize an issue.

But I dont think it should switch back so we should be in the clear.

To rate the service I provided Danny, please click one of the icons below, and then click submit. Thanks agian, and if you need anything else you know where to provide me.

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