Selecting 1st character in a list highlights entire list

April 19, 2012 at 03:56:10
Specs: Windows XP
I am trying to edit a list of references. They are numbered but the numbers seem to have been inserted separately and are not formatted or linked in any way (I can delete any one without others being renumbered). I didn't realise I had a problem until I tried to insert a query for the 12th item, but as soon as I inserted the cursor and clicked 'insert comment', the entire list was highlighted and the comment inserted right at the end of the references, nowhere near where I inserted the cursor. Trying again, if I highlight a word anywhere in the list, the same thing happens. I then narrowed the problem down to the very first character in the list. If I delete the first character then the new first one behaves in the same way.

I have done a shift F1 but nothing seems obviously wrong. Deleting the paragraph mark from the end of the previous paragraph (which behaved perfectly normally) didn't help. This list must have some feature that I can't see easily. Anyone out there know what it might be?

I have Word 2007 but this is a 2003 doc in compatibility mode, which is what I'm used to. It was created originally in Taiwanese/US English but also had the odd Swedish character in it and so I did a control+A and then selected US English for the entire doc. I doubt if this was the source of the problem anyway though.

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April 19, 2012 at 13:41:54
A friend found supplied the answer. There was some kind of strange field in the document - selecting the complete list and then pressing Ctrl Shift F9 solved the problem. Hope this helps someone else sometime.

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