Sunday, October 9, 2011

[Fixed] Can't Insert Page Number Microsoft Word

A customer of mine experienced a weird issue where they were unable to insert a page number in Microsoft Word 2007. When they went to insert page number in Word they received "Save Selection to Page Number Gallery".

After using system internals process monitor I discovered that Word references a file called "Building Blocks.dotx" to create the page number.

On Windows XP/Server 2003 this file is located under:

C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Document Building Blocks\1033

In Vista/7/2008 this file is located under:

C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Document Building Blocks\1033

I copied Building Blocks.dotx from another computer with Word 2007 installed replacing the file in my user profile. This resolved my issue.

Note: I believe that this resolution will also work for Word 2010.


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  3. I'm not sure if it is just my computer or if anyone else's is the same as mine... but I just experience this problem as well and could not find any help online at all. I had a hard time searching for the Building Blocks file because mine wasn't in the same file location as the one above. To find mine, I had to go C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office 12\Document Parts\1033. After all that, I deleted the file that was in there (Building Blocks template file), then restarted Word. Everything seems to be normal now, thank goodness. Hopefully this will help someone else out...

    1. I might add that I am using Windows 7 operating system.

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