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A quick Office hint, and a request
Authored by: petersconsult on May 23, '11 01:48:15PM
That is precisely it
A first search through the MacFixIt archives yielded this, regarding Office 98:Sorry can't post the link, the systems blocks it calling it spam
Word 98 Save bug Meanwhile, regarding the MS Word Save bug (also covered here recently), a couple of readers confirm that Mac OS 9 will "solve" this problem by increasing the maximum number of open files from 348 to 8169.


It turns out that this was a cross-platform issue (remember, i am speaking of '98)Sorry can't post the link, the systems blocks it calling it spam
Open file guzzlers While discussing the Word 98 Save bug (which is triggered by reaching the Mac OS's 348 limit on open files), we noted some programs that open an unusually large number of files. Readers have since sent us a few more candidates[…]
Combining font files Since each font file in your Fonts folder contributes to your open files count, David Vasilevsky points out that you can reduce your open files total by combining font files and suitcases into a smaller number of suitcase files. He merged all of his fonts into just 5 suitcases. This reduced his open files total by around 100 files.
Virtual memory Also recall that, with virtual memory on, many files are counted twice.
Word Save bug is cross-platform Several readers noted that the problem with Word 98 and saving files occurs on the Windows platform as well.
Fast Saves work-around? Several readers have suggested that turning Fast Save on should eliminate the accumulation of Work files that lead to the Save problem. Indeed, Nick Van Valkenburgh points to a Microsoft document (Q233995) that states: "To reduce the number of temp files created, select the Allow fast saves check box on the Save tab of the Preferences dialog box. This should limit Word to one temp file created per open document." I have tried this and found that it seems to work on some days but not others. But if it works for you, great!


i may be wrong, but over 16 years of on-site Mac troubleshooting tell me otherwise: it'd been established then (and i believe it still to be true now) that this was an OS-Independent issue
i've seen some version of this limitation creep up in every single version….
Yes, maybe it was with those people who never quit nor restart their computers; they'll go 2 weeks without restarting or even quitting Word, just shutting the lid on their laptop (which most of them consider to be a restart!!)
But, the fact is, it always happened intolerably early in the Office apps, and it is still an issue today. Here's a test, if you work a lot with an Office app (preferably Word, because that was always the troublesome one, if only because it gets used so much more); turn 'auto-save' on to save every 5 minutes; Do Not Quit Word for 2 weeks (quitting just once invalidates the test); i'd bet my retirement on the fact that, in this 2011 version, you'll get a message to the effect of: "couldn't overwrite file xyz" (i don't remember it exactly)..

Anywho, about the side-line, i guess i was talking more about something like a wiki, or even an editorialized pick of hot issues from the forum…
i agree that the forum holds a wealth of knowledge, but you know what, it would be even better if the end-result of some issue's resolution showed up in some summarized form on the main page.
i realize that my latter suggestion would require additional editorial staff, which, in our day and age (and let's face it, Mac troubleshooting discussions can't quite get the Sports Illustrated audience).
However… There are new kinds of tools out there (some aren't so new any more) like a wiki; or some sort of community-provided summary. i think most people who are still readers here would be more than willing to play the wiki game.

The only reason i brought all this up was that rattled me that there is no longer a Mac-Troubleshooting memory trace out there: CNET destroyed all that was good and holy in MacFixIt.
And it's super-frustrating to still be saying to my clients, over 13 years later, "yup, Word never could handle more than a certain number of files, and each save equates to a new file…" and always having to offer the solution of quitting Word, and restarting it every once in a while (by the way, Word has also always taken longer to launch on its first launch after a reboot; subsequent launches are often much much quicker)…

i'll shut up now..
Be Well All!
Peter
Edited on May 23, '11 01:51:11PM by petersconsult


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