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Fast save option in Word
  Posted by  James Pickett  on Friday, August 20, 2004 at 5:44:08 AM (EST)
I was installing 602 recently for a colleague, and discovered that it wouldn't read a Word file. It had me puzzled for a while, but then I remembered Word's 'fast saves' option that extends a file rather than saving the whole thing. Turning this off (Tools/Options/Save) solved the problem.

Fast Saves are a typical MS bad idea, but sometimes turned on by mistake.
  Posted by Robert Smith  on Friday, August 20, 2004 at 9:45:31 AM (EST)
Good tip! What exactly happened when you tried to read the file in 602Text?
  Posted by James Pickett  on Friday, August 20, 2004 at 1:21:05 PM (EST)
Garbage, mostly.

It threw me completely, because I was expecting to see a normal document! I don't really know how Word structures 'fast saved' documents, but was warned off them long ago, because a) it makes files longer every time you edit them, b) it increases the likelihood of a crash with each edit, and c) it is possible to reconstruct the original, unedited document from such a file (and has already embarrassed government agencies as a result!)

I wouldn't expect 602 to handle them, and it's probably better that it doesn't, but maybe a line in the FAQ for those who encounter the problem?

I can't say for sure that it always happens, but it certainly does sometimes...
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