Fix – Page Numbering in Word 2007 Fails / Broken and gives MERGEDOCUMENT gibberish
I just ran past a strange error in Microsoft Word 2007 on windows. A colleague and I tried to insert page numbers at the bottom of the document and got some strange text.
We were opening a microsoft word .doc file (word 97-2003) with microsoft word 2007 in compatability mode. The solution appears to me that you need to get out of compatability mode.
Here’s the fix:
- Revert back to before you put in the page numbers (IE don’t save it – just close the file and re-open or hit undo)
- Save the file as a .docx file (word 2007 document)
- Close Word
- Open the .docx file
- Add Page Numbers and continue editing
- If you need to go back to the .doc format, save the file as a .doc file (word 97-2003) format after you’ve made your changes.
Hope that helps you.
(no sources, just trial and error here)