Word 2013 Bug: “Not available for reading” error on opening a document

February 22, 2013

The more people use Word 2013, the more changes and problems are bubbling to the surface. Again, this one was brought to the world’s attention in the Word for Developers forum. “Reading mode” was introduced a few years ago to provide a more efficient way to read documents on-screen. By default, documents opened from an […]


Word 2013 Bug: DocumentBeforeSave event triggering when user chooses “Don’t save”

February 20, 2013

EDIT: There’s an update to this in a new blog entry. To summarize: this behavior is by design and there is a workaround for the problem. A new bug was reported in the Word for Developers forum this week. I also received an email about the same behavior. Microsoft confirms the behavior but isn’t yet […]


Word 2013: Templates location and File/New

February 6, 2013

When you create a new document in Word, it automatically bases on a template. By default, this will be the built-in┬áNormal.dotm, but it can be any *.dotx or *.dotm file. This document will maintain a link back to the template, enabling it to use Building Blocks, Ribbon customization and macros in the template. Users and […]


Word 2013: Where are the layout options?

February 4, 2013

The way Word lays out a page has changed with almost every version. Depending on what you do, you may like the new or prefer the old. For this reason, and for backwards compatibility, all the accumulated changes have been kept as growing list of “compatibility layout options”. The user can activate/de-activate these for each […]