How to fix the cursor click in Microsoft Word 2007

Having upgraded to Office 2007 a fair while ago, I found that for some reason I couldn’t click anywhere in a Word document, but instead had to use the arrow and/or page up and down keys – very annoying when working throughout a 90 page document!

Was surprised that it took a while to resolve this problem via Google, but eventually found a solution which worked perfectly:

  1. Open the “Start” menu in Windows (bottom left of screen on your desktop) and click Run (think for some people this will be Start > Accessories > Run)
  2. Type in regedit and hit the Enter button. This will bring up a folder structure similar to a typical windows folder – I think it’s the registry information for all the software on your PC.
  3. Click down through down the folder structure per this path:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word
  4. In the Word folder there will be a folder called “Data” – rename this to “Old-Data”
  5. Close down Word (if you had it open) then restart – problem should be all fixed.

3 thoughts on “How to fix the cursor click in Microsoft Word 2007

  • June 7, 2009 at 6:30 am
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    A similar problem occurs on the Mac. If your MS Office software turns on you, go to Library->Preferences and delete the MS Office plist files and restart Word or Excel or whatever you’re unlucky enough to be using… Inputs should now work.

  • July 24, 2009 at 12:36 am
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    Many many thanks for this tip which has been such a great help to me !
    it was a nightmare as I use Word quite a lot and couldn’t move the cursor anymore (or only with the arrows).
    now it works perfectly!

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