Microsoft Word error message…

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Hi, I have two question: 1-When I open a document in Word it says:"Insufficiant memory,there is not enought disk memory or disk space to update the display" and I should close the word!!!??? 2-Some times in word it wants to recover files how can I deactive this option? Could you please help me? Thank you. Regards Mahnaz
ASKED: November 7, 2005  3:11 AM
UPDATED: June 26, 2012  10:37 AM

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Dear Mahnaz,

Being an experienced Word user, I’m pretty sure there is no way to disable automatic document recovery. Word has a feature called autosave that saves a copy of the current document to a temporary file every X minutes (you can tell Word what X is; it defaults to 10 minutes). If Word crashes or becomes non-responsive, this file will be presented as a recovered file the next time you open Word. You can, I suppose, set X to something like 600 minutes, so that Word never writes a recovery file. To do this, use the Tools/Options/Save menu.

Since you also say that Word sometimes won’t start due to memory problems, I suspect that the files it wants to recover are the ones you tried to open. If that is the case, then Word generates an autorecover file when it starts up, before it tries to display the document. And if this is true, then my suggestion to set X to a high value is useless, since the recovery file is generated as soon as you open a file.

The basic issue, then, is fixing your system so that there are no memory problems. Since this appears to be an intermitent problem, my guess is that the Word program is corrupted, or possibly the operating system itself.
I’ve experienced the display memory problem myself, though not for 10 years or so. As I recall, I had to remove and reinstall Word, and possibly also Windows.

Hopefully someone else will have more helpful answers.

Good luck,
Phil

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  • DaveInAZ
    Have you checked to see if you are actually out of disk space on the C: drive and/or the drive your documents are on? Do you do regular disk maintenance, such as emptying your recycle bin and deleting orphaned Word tmp files? Have you ever defragged your hard drive(s)? If the answer to any or all of those questions is no, start there. Beyond that, it sounds like someone may have "tuned up" your Windows installation so that it has insufficient Virtual Memory (which is really just disk space set aside for this purpose). Some people feel that Windows defaults to grabbing more than its fair share of a hard drive, so they adjust those parameters. Sometimes they don't leave enough Virtual Memory, and you get error messages like the one you're getting. It's easy enough to change, but exactly how you get to those settings varies, depending on which version of Windows you're running.
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  • JacobLnConsulting
    "Insufficiant memory,there is not enought disk memory or disk space to update the display" is issued by Windows, not Word. When virtual memory is full - the swap file (hence the "disk memory or disk space" text) has no more room to write data. This file is a limited sized, albeit large to accomodate running several apps simultaneously (each uses a portion of the swap file for it's virtual memory, what Windows (DOS) cannot allocate real memory for). Forget these details if you're just learning this now. The sensible, least risky way to correct the condition is to stop some of the apps: use the app "Exit", close the window, shutdown/restart, the three-finger-salute (ctrl-alt-del)) or any other way you know of (unplugging the PC works if desperate). Do one at a time and retry There are several free virtual memory managers available that you can run when the condition occurs to trim back the working sets (the amt of virtual mem (read: disk space) an app uses) without stopping an app or the CPU. Google for them. The long term solution is - as always - buy more memory. Or you can offload apps to another machine. About recovering Word files. The option to use is "Save AutoRecovery info every X mins" NOT "Save the file every X mins". Autorecovery info is maintained separate from the .doc for a very good reason. If you save the .doc file every X mins, You've lost the previous version (from the last Save or Save as ...) You may not be prepared to save your work at that time, preferring to back out of the changes and cancel out of Word. Had Word applied the changes, your previous working copy would have been overwritten unknown by you until you edit the .doc again. An Autorecover file saves DIRECTIONS/Keystrokes as they are applied. Hence, you can open a .doc using a recover file and have it apply the keystrokes and leave you where the last autorecover was performed. Saving every X mins means the worst case of lost work would be the last X mins. Look into versioning if you want more control over changes and retaining previous saved copies. There. Did that help?
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  • GinoDenis
    Resolution for given trouble can be doc recovery. The tool owns easy to use, intuitive interface. Works under low system requirements, tool is able to recover corrupted and deleted documents after power failures, malicious software, ...
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  • sampatrik
    Hi, Large word files get corrupt very easily, above written methods can be helpful to fix your problem but if these not able to resolve your problem then contact to Microsoft support or use word repair tool.
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  • David25
    Very likely it's word document crashing in this case you need to next tool to restore word doc http://www.word.repairtoolbox.com
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