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Word 2007/2010 blinks/flashes in taskbar when opening another document from within Internet Explorer

We migrated from Office 2003 to Office 2007.

Now we are experiencing some troubles with alot of users complaining.
When there is a winword.exe open and want to open another Word document
from our Intranet website which they browse with Internet Explorer,
it looks like winword.exe freezes for a second, then the one already
open starts blinking and the newly opened IE stays blank until the user
clicks on the taskbar of the already opened winword instance.

Steps te reproduce:
1) open winword.exe
2) browse to http://med.hro.nl/arerr/office2007/ (with IE)
3) clik on either test.doc or test.docx
4) notice the behavior described above

This happens only with Word, so Excel etc is not affected, and it
happens with both Office 2007 and Office 2010 versions of word.
(On Windows XP SP3)

The "funny" thing about this is that we had the same problem a while
back with Word from Office 2003, this was caused by winword.exe
(11.0.8227.0) that came with KB954464, but that was later resolved with
another update of winword.exe for Office 2003 that came later.

So i hope we can solve this issue for Office 2007/2010 with a new
hotfix aswel.



In my VB.NET 2005 windows winforms application, I use process.start (filename)  to open a Word 2007 document.  On some computers, the document opens in Internet Explorer instead of Word.  These computers have Word 2007 installed.  If I double-click a .docx document in Windows Explorer, it opens in Word 2007, not IE, this only happens with process.start. 

I already tried unchecking the "Browse in same window" checkbox in Folder Options - File Types - Advanced.

How can I make the document open in Word 2007, not IE?





In my application we have created a add-in which get loaded perfect for all kind of document readonly and non readonly document. But when I open read only doc with explorer by right click on the document and open with explorer the addin is not getting loaded. This issue is only with read only document. The version of word doc is 2007. Can anyone please help me on this issue?

Thanks & Regards,

Shyam Sohane



I am building a Facebook Application (or IFrame Application).


Facebook load my application into the IFrame at runtime when the user wants to use my application.  My application allows end users to view their Facebook videos, upload videos and so on.  The end users videos are stored on the Facebook CDN (Content Delivery Network).



Currently this is working, in Chrome 8.0 and 9.0, Firefox 3 and Safari but not IE 8 or IE 9. I keep getting the error message in my flash media player inside the iframe inside facebook that says:


"We are unable to connect to the content you've requested. We apologize for the inconvenience"


When I examine IE 9 Debugger and look at the network traffic the caputres in there say:


Initiator: Flash

Method: Get

Result: 404

Type: Text/Html


Now when i create a standard html page with the flash player not inside of facebook but on my own server and run it again.  The video plays fine in IE.  So I'm presuming that IE is not liking the fact that my app is inside of the facebook domain that is doing a call out to the facebook cdn or indeed any cdn and is preventing this transfer from happening.


The question obviously is then is how do I go about getting around this problem so that I can offer customers my service on IE ...


I've uploaded several videos to facebook to test against they in turn convert them to MP4.  Here is one that you can see for yourself.




There is a crossdomain.xml policy file at the root:




So there are no problems with permissions.  What else could be the problem here as to why IE refuses to load the cdn videos from within my application that is inside the facebook domain?

Or better yet how do I fix this problem, or is this a bug in IE????







The following bit of code is used to populated data from a Word document to Excel - it worked fine under Office 2003 where it was developed.  It first looked to work fine in Office 2007, however it only works with the original documents created in Word 2003.  It does not work when the source file is created in Word 2007 (created using a .dot template and saving in .doc format) - it throws an error an the document open line "Set wdDoc = wdApp.Documents.Open(filename:=pname & fname)"

Any ideas as to what might be going wrong here? Could it be the use of the Word 2003 .doc template in Word 2007?

Sub GetInvoiceDetail()
  If ActiveSheet.Name <> "Receipts (Jobs)" Then
    MsgBox "This function cam only be used in the Receipts (Jobs) sheet", vbOKOnly, "Error"
    Exit Sub
  End If
  Dim wdApp As Object
  Dim wdDoc As Object
  Dim pname, fname
  Dim t1, t3, t4, t5, t8
  Dim choice
  pname = ActiveWorkbook.Sheets("Tables").Range("K5").Value
  fname = "I-" & ActiveCell
  Set wdApp = CreateObject("Word.application")
  On Error GoTo Err_Handler
  Set wdDoc = wdApp.Documents.Open(filename:=pname & fname)
  On Error GoTo 0
  t1 = wdDoc.formfields("Text1").result
  t3 = wdDoc.formfields("Text3").result
  t4 = wdDoc.formfields("Text4").result
  t5 = wdDoc.formfields("Text5").result
  t8 = wdDoc.formfields("Text8").result
  choice = MsgBox("Invoice Number: " & ActiveCell & vbCr & _
        "Dated: " & t1 & vbCr & _
        "For: " & t8 & vbCr & vbCr & _
        "To:" & vbCr & t3 & vbCr & vbCr & _
        "Location:" & vbCr & t4 & vbCr & vbCr & _
        "Description:" & vbCr & t5 & _
        vbCr & vbCr & "DO YOU WANT TO COPY INVOICE DATA ?", _
        vbYesNoCancel, "Get Invoice Data")
  If choice = vbYes Then
    ActiveCell.Offset(0, 1).Value = CDbl(t8)
    ActiveCell.Offset(0, 3).Value = CDate(t1)
  End If
  wdDoc.Close savechanges:=False
  Set wdDoc = Nothing
  Set wdApp = Nothing
Exit Sub
  MsgBox ("Invoice file not found - have you created this invoice yet?")
  Set wdApp = Nothing
End Sub


The first time a document is opened it's fine, opens in just a few seconds.

Subsequently, there is a long delay (about 20 seconds) in the "Contacting server for information..." step.

This happens to all users and all documents, each one will open fast the first time then slowly the second and subsequent times (until, we think, the app pool is recycled - there is no schedules iisreset/reboot).

This does not happen when using Office 2007.

IE6 and 7 exhibit the same behaviour.


I created a MS Word 2003 Template VSTO project using VS 2008. Then I open created by VSTO dot file using MS Word 2003 or 2007 and then click Save As (save as dot file) in the same folder. Now if I double click on the dot file to generate corresponding doc using Word 2003 it opens fine without any problems, but if the same file I open using Word 2007, Word will be closed with error. This is not an error that appears when something is wrong in the code that is executed during the opening of the VSTO document file. In my case, MS Word 2007 just closes with a proposal to send a report to Microsoft with information about the configuration of my system.

The problem occurs regardless of which version of the Word (2003 or 2007) I use to Save As dot file. Just want to point out that the problem does not occur if I use "Save" the template, the error only occurs when using the Save As.

I tried to do all the above steps with an empty method ThisDocument_Startup, but the error still occurs.

Word 2003 and 2007 are installed on different machines. OS is Windows XP SP3. I use Office Word 2007 SP2.

If I use Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word to create new document with specified template (after template was saved as in ms word), in the method Documents.Add occurs exception with message "The server threw an exception. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80010105 (RPC_E_SERVERFAULT))".

Does anyone have any idea about all this?

Hi guys,

One of my colleague found that can't open sharepoint document from internet explorer and show "res://ieframe.dll/acr_error.htm#". 

He is using IE8 + XP w/ SP3

Any idea to fix it? thanks.

Best regards,


I have a Intranet portal with sharedocuments on it and one of my users uploaded some xps documents to it. If you try to open the documents from the portal i get a "XPSViewer.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close we are sorry for the inconvenience." but if i download the file from the portal to my desktop and open it from their it opens up fine.

Any ideas why this is? and any fixes?


Hi all;

Any idea what's going on here? We have some cases where the 64-bit Word 2010 calls the new document event when opening an existing document. On other systems the open document event is called.

??? - thanks - dave


In my current project, i am using a template (block.dot - word 97 - 2003 format) which contains the basic template along with the styles (heading.. x y z..)

The scenario is, I am opening this block.dot using the below code

Object template = (Object)(Application.StartupPath + "\\Templates\\block.dot");
Word.Document adoc = wordApp.Documents.Add(ref template, ref missing, ref missing, ref missing);

A new Word window opens up with the template document beautifully! I added images.. tables..  etc., and Onclose, i have a function which does document.WordOpenXML.toString() which gives me an XML output with the binary data of the image. I store it inside another main XML which will be used later to generate this document again.

Now, when i try to reconstruct a document from the WordOpenXML (Above), the binary data does not get displayed...

Word.Range rng = adoc.Range(ref start, ref end);
rng.InsertXML(userData.description, ref missing);

All the data tables, sentences, formatting everything was rendered as it is except for the binary data. I get a 'X' mark in place of the inserted image.


If i try the above scenario without any word 97-2003 template (block.dot) i.e.,(ref missing in the template field), i could get the image rendered back perfectly.

Is there anything i can do ? is this a bug ? how can i tackle this situation 


Thanks in advance.


my internet explorer will not load web page it comes up with box stating :-   Runtme error!       Program C:|  program files | internet explorer| 

                                                                                                                                IEXPLORE.EXE           Abnormal program termination

Also when i go to internet options it wont open....
Computer is xp   ,,,.,,,,,,,,,,,,    im not very good with computers so any help would be great thanks......

I know it's a known issue and there are few reasons for it; (here are some:






Just wanted to note, that there is something that seems to me as bug in IE DOM implementation that can cause it as well. In my application I have following code on the client side:

while (body && body.hasChildNodes()) {

var node = body.firstChild;

// ... app logic



while body content is created by Response.Write on the server side (I write down context in <p>...</p> paragraphs sections ).

Occasionally I was getting "Internet Explorer cannot open the Internet site - Operation aborted" in IE. In Firefox it was never happen.

After some research I found that it was related to the fact that on the server side I was writing:

1) '<p>'

2) content

3) '</p>

so - sometimes on the client side the code was running while paragraph wasn't fully formed (e.g. only <p> was written).

In this case body.hasChildNodes() still returns true (bug #1) and body.removeChild(node) will cause "operation aborted" (bug #2).

Hope it may help someone.

Alex Pinsker



In the following code the method Documents.Open returns null when running under ASP.NET, while running it in a console the code works fine. The computer is installed with Vista OS and Office 2007. The code works under ASP.NET on a windows 2000 server with Office 2003. (The website is configured with identity impersonate="true")

Does anyone have any idea what is causing this?

        Object missing = Type.Missing;

        Application app = new Application();

        Object name = @"C:\a.doc";
        Object confirmConversions = false;

        Document doc = app.Documents.Open(
            ref name, ref confirmConversions,
            ref missing, ref missing, ref missing, ref missing,
            ref missing, ref missing, ref missing, ref missing,
            ref missing, ref missing, ref missing, ref missing,
            ref missing, ref missing

        Object saveas = @"C:\b.doc";
        object fileFormat = 1;

        doc.SaveAs(ref saveas, ref fileFormat, ref missing,
            ref missing, ref missing, ref missing, ref missing,
            ref missing, ref missing, ref missing, ref missing,
            ref missing, ref missing, ref missing, ref missing,
            ref missing);

        app.Quit(ref missing, ref missing, ref missing);


I'm looking for any suggestions because this one is baffling me.

The deskop computer is running Windows XP SP3, the browser is Internet Explorer 7, Microsoft Office 2007 is installed.

I have a document library that contains Word documents.

I have no problems opening the documents from the document library web part. However, I need to provide access to them via a Dataview web part. I used SharePoint Designer to mark the file name as a hyperlink field (using @FileRef as the URL).

If I click on the link in the dataview web part and then choose Open from the Open/Save/Cancel dialog box, the browser hangs and Microsoft Word is not openend.

I can click on the Save option and download the file without any issue.

Using Fiddler, it looks like the document has been downloaded to the client.

We are experiencing the same issue when trying to open the same documents via a SQL Reporting Services report. This used to work before.

Any ideas? This is happening from 3 different machines that I have tested on. However, I cannot recreate the issue on my VM environment (using Win 7, IE 8 and Office 2007)



We are current having word documents on Sharepoint 2007 and they are accessed through sharepoint shortcuts(.aspx) embedded as hyperlinks in a word document. With Office 2003 (XP, IE 7), we are able to open the sharepoint document when we click on the .aspx hyperlink. But the same hyperlink fails to open in Office 2007 / 2010.

In Office 2010, a blank document opens. When we navigate to the file location, the sharepoint shortcut page opens : it fails to redirect it further to the document. However, before opening the document, it gives the MS Office warning message - 'Opening https:\\sharepoint.......doc. Some files contain virus or be harmful to.... Would you like to open this file?'

Is there any specific setting that was missed out? Would appreciate any input on the above issue.


I have a Sharepoint Services 3.0 site that contains shared documents, Word, Excel, PDF, etc.  I cannot open Word documents directly from the shared documents portal.  Other file types like Excel adn PDF open fine.  It's only Word that has the issue.  I'm using Word 2007 and it doesn't matter if it is a .docx or a .doc, both act the same.  Word tries tro open, then just sits there....no error message or anything.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

I am trying to open docx document using following code ,



Application app = newApplicationClass();


string TempleteFilePath ="C:\\TestDoc.docx";

 Document doc = null;


object o = System.Reflection.Missing.Value;



object path = TempleteFilePath;

doc = app.Documents.Open(

ref path, ref o, ref o,


ref o, ref o, ref o, ref o, ref o, ref o, ref o, ref o, ref


ref o, ref o, ref o, ref o);

I want to perform some actions with wordDocument after it was opened, but wordApp.Documents.Open always returns null.

It i working fine on local machine .But when i deploy it on sharepoint then it returns null.

 anyone know how to resolve this problem?



I have created a Word add-in which would load data in custom ribbon from external web service. I need to have that add-in in a document so that It can populate the data only on that document. I don't want to have application level add-in because It will try to load data for any other word document user might create. I want to do this as this document would serve as a template for other documents. Is this possible? 

If the above is not possible, how do you actually install the word-2007 add-in.  I see this link. Is this the way one should do it? 



When any of our Windows 7 Pro computers that run Office 2007 Pro attempt to open a Word document that resides in a WSS 2.0 document library by using the drop down menu and selecting "Edit with MS Word", the documents open in read-only.  Our work-around is to save the document locally, modify it, and then save it back to the document library.

We have some Windows XP and Vista systems that run Office 2007 and they are fine and can simply edit the document and save it.  We also have a handful of pc's that run Office 2003 and they are not having any issues either.

Things I've tried:

Office 2007 Repair - no luck Office Reinstall - no luck Some registry mod HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\12\Internet\OpenDocumentReadWrite=1 (noted on a MSKB article) - no luck and after re-reading the article it clearly states that this will not address content hosted on WSS or SPS sites Clearing IE temp files, resttting IE to defaults - no luck

Once again, this only seems to happen to Win7Pro pc's that run Office 2007.  Honestly, I can't tell if IE8 has anything to do with this.

Any thoughts or help would be extrememly appreciated.



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