The instructions for Windows 7 are the same as for Vista (and even for
Windows XP). The only difference depends on what version of Office is
involved, not the Windows version.
- Shut down Word.
- Back up the registry. See steps 5 and 6 at the end of
- In the Windows Start menu's Search box, type regedit. You should see a
"regedit.exe" item at the top of the menu -- click it, and enter
administrator name and password if you're prompted for them.
- Expand the entries in the left column (by clicking the plus signs) to
reach the key (folder icon)
- Right-click the Data icon and choose Delete. When prompted, agree to
delete the key.
- Close regedit.
- Restart Word. It will build a new Data key, and that should get the mouse
Microsoft Word MVP FAQ: http://word.mvps.org
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Joe Design wrote:
> I have seen solutions for this problem in Vista but can't seem to
> find and specific instructions on how to fix this problem in Windows
> The problem - Wod worked fin for about three months then suddenly I
> can no longer use the mouse to edit text in word. I still have the
> ability to select items on the menu at the top, but not in some of
> the submenus. I cannot select of edit text in any way with the mouse.
> I am running Windows 7 with Microsoft 2007 student edition on a Dell
> desktop with a Dell mouse.
> Any help would be appreciated!!!!