Hi,I have an intermittent problem with Windows 7. I tend to keep programs up and running for weeks on end because every day instead of shutting down the computer, I put it to sleep. The problem is, after a couple of weeks of going in and out of sleep, the open/save as dialog box stops appearing in programs that have been running for weeks. Here's an example:I open word, excel, firefox on Jan 1. I open random documents via clicking through explorer or just browsing the web. But I never fully close any of the programs. I might open up doc1, doc2, doc3, close doc1, open doc4, close doc2, etc. All programs stay in memory. After a few weeks, say Jan 28, if I select file->open, the dialog box doesn't pop up. I can open documents via the explorer, but not file->open. I also cannot do a file->save as. I can do file->save (saves the document), but nothing that causes the dialog box to appear. This is reproducible in word, excel, firefox, or any other program I leave open for weeks. Here's the second weird problem. Say I've had word, excel, and firefox open for weeks. If I exit excel completely, then restart it, the dialog box continues to work in excel. But it stays broken in word and firefox. Anyone else run into this issue? Any way I can fix it without having to restart the program? The main reason this is an issue for me is because I will frequently not know this issue has occurred. I'll happily open an excel sheet from a web page and start editing it. I try to do a Save As, only to find the pop-up dialog won't appear and I can't save the work I just did. Or say I have a word document open for weeks. I usually just hit the save button, but this time I want to save it under a different name. I can't do it while this problem is there and I have to close microsoft word completely to get the box to work again.Thanks for all your help!
Hello,The bottom line is that every so often you have to restart things programs, windows, the computer itself, in order to clear out all the memory, unload all the handlers, .dlls - in effect clear the cobwebs from the computer.If you don't, you'll continue to run into the problem you describe. For myself, even though I don't turn off my computer, I do restart it every so often to get a fresh start, for me it means being able to have full functionality with drag-and-drop processes; for you, its the Save As dialogue box. Nothing else to be done. Regards,BearPup
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