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Old 10-19-2021, 08:09 PM
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Since my Windows/Word 2016 updated several days ago (October of 2021), the appearance of the shape selection box has changed. I opened a document that I made a few weeks ago to edit it.

The shape selection box used to look like a rectangular box of thin black lines around the shape, with "grab" points at the corners and in between. Now, I have little grey squares and little curves arrows surrounding the shapes.

I used to be able to group a bunch of shapes and then move and resize them all together by grabbing a point on the group rectangle and dragging. Now, if I grab a grey spot after grouping the shapes and text boxes, the objects are mixed up and the "bring to front" (layers?) is changed.

Is this a settings problem that I can reset, a corrupted document, or is it a permanent change in Word? Thanks for your help.
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Old 10-20-2021, 10:30 AM
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I would say the image on the left has been saved as a Microsoft Word Document (.docx) & the one with grey squares has been saved as a Microsoft Word 97 - 2003 Document (.doc).
Does the document with the grey squares have 'Compatibility Mode' in the document title? - this would indicate a .doc file.
.doc, documents don't have the same 'qualities' and 'abilities' when it comes to say the resize handles as in your example.

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Old 10-20-2021, 11:19 AM
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You are a genius. Your assistance will save me so much work.
Here is a link for another way to change from Compatibility Mode.

Easy Ways to Get Out of Compatibility Mode in Word: 4 Steps

Thank you again. Gene
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