deleting files in Word

Microsoft Microsoft word 2007
February 4, 2010 at 11:46:36
Specs: Windows XP
When I delete a number of files at one time in Word, it deletes that file but makes copies upon copies, upon copies....Don't know what to do.

Thanks for any help...copeland


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#1
February 4, 2010 at 12:58:43
You can't delete files from within Word. What exactly are you doing and what makes you think "copies and copies" are being made?

LIR


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#2
February 4, 2010 at 14:05:33
odds are this is in explorer and copeland is using shift or control to highlight the files. Common problem if you don't keep the mouse held down while scholling

Instead use shift and page down and then the delete key


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#3
February 6, 2010 at 17:30:19
Of course I can delete files/documents in Word...I do medical transcripton and don't always want to keep all of my files/documents....and I see copies 1,2,3,4 5 etc being put back into my documents file. I will try the page down and see if that works.. Thanks for your resonses. Arlene

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#4
February 6, 2010 at 17:38:49
Okay, I tried using shift and page down but it started erasing all my documents instead of just the ones I wanted erased and...it made copies of everyting it erased....do I just have to erase them one by one??? I have many, many documents I don't want in there anymore. Thanks for any help.
Arlene

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#5
February 6, 2010 at 18:44:50
I think what Jennifer meant is that you can't delete files from within the Word program itself. You have to go into the computers file system ("My Computer" or "Windows Explorer").

Can I double check the exact procedure you are using?

You left click a file a file you wish to delete, to highlight it. You then hold the Ctrl key down and left click any other files you want to remove, so that all of your selection is now highlighted. You then take your fingers off the keyboard, right click any highlighted file and delete - they should all vanish. [You can also remove files from the selection using the Ctrl key].

To delete a block of consecutive files you left click the file at the start of the block to highlight it. You then hold the Shift key down and left click the file at the other end of the block, which should highlight the lot. You then take your fingers off the keyboard, right click any highlighted file and delete - they should all vanish.

If you want to delete all files in a folder you left click one of them, then press Ctrl & A (together) which will highlight them all. You then take your fingers off the keyboard, right click any one and they should all vanish.

The above applies to folders too. Is this what you are doing? Sorry if I've told you what you already know but I wanted to be quite sure you were not doing something slightly different. If you depart from the procedures given above then it is quite possible to get copies arriving.

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#6
February 6, 2010 at 21:57:01
I think I remember a long time ago that I had a similar problem. I was holding down the control key and selecting many files to move or delete, but before I was finished, the computer suddenly made multiple copies of all that was highlighted. I think I was trying to do too many at a time (or my finger wiggled a little on the key), using a small window, and scrolling down through them. After that I usually use a larger window, highlight blocks of files (not too many at one time) using the mouse click-near and drag across method,and hit the delete key or right click on any one highlighted and select delete. It has served me well for years now.

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#7
February 12, 2010 at 14:07:40
Thanks for the reply, Derick and Fingers. I do it the way you said, Derick, and that is when the copies appear. Fingers, if I delet 1 file at a time..I don't get copies...You're right about doing too many at one time but I don't understand why we can't do that without getting the copies. I just did it again yesterday how Derick suggested and had again to delete copy upon copy individually...As long as it is one at a time, I am fine. Just a long process if you want to delet say 50 documents. Copeland

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#8
February 12, 2010 at 14:53:23
I have had this happen to me but fortunately not very often. I'd always assumed that I'd glitched, either with the keyboard or mouse. I've just tried to repeat it (making a mixed bag of mistakes) without any luck. It's weird that it happens every time in your case, and I have no explanation.

As a desperate (and arguably illogical) attempt to get around it, maybe turning the hardware acceleration down a notch will help. This is reputed to fix mouse issues which are tied up with graphics. In case you don't already know, it's here:

Right click desktop > Properties > Settings tab > Advanced button > Troubleshoot tab.

some other bloke...


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