TexasBarBooks FAQs

What if the Word Version of a Form Won't Open?

 

If the file you are trying to open is named for both the form number and the form title (e.g., "Form 2-1 Fee Agreement for Initial Consultation") instead on only the form number (e.g., "Form2-1"), odds are that the file is a shortcut to the word-processing file rather than the file itself.

Three problems could prevent the shortcut files from opening the targeted word-processing files:

  • The digital download's folders or files have been renamed, or its file structure has been altered. If you suspect this is the source of the trouble, try installing the digital download again.

  • The digital download was installed to a location so deep within the drive's folder hierarchy that the shortcut's path and file name, or its target file's path and file name, exceed Windows' maximum character limit. If you suspect this is the source of the trouble, you may reinstall the digital download at its default location (the root drive, usually C:\), or you may open one of the forms index files (see below) to find and launch the desired word-processing file.

  • The digital download is installed on a network, and the network settings are preventing the shortcuts from working. If you suspect this is the source of the trouble, you may open one of the forms index files (see below) to find and launch the desired word-processing file.

Forms index files: Included with all digital downloads that use shortcuts are a "Forms Index by Chapter" file and a "Forms Index by Title" file, which list all forms by chapter and alphabetically by form title, respectively, and contain links to launch the forms word-processing files. These two forms index files should enable you to browse for the desired form by number or title and click a link to launch the desired form, whether the shortcuts work in the installed digital download's environment or not. Forms index files in Word reside inside the "Forms" folder and should be compatible with both Windows and Macintosh systems.

Although the digital download for the Texas Probate System does not include shortcut files, it does include the equivalent of forms index files for some documents. These are named "_list_of_forms.doc," which resides inside the "Texas Probate System <year>\Word documents\Forms\" folder; "_list_of_letters.doc," which resides inside the "Texas Probate System <year>\Word documents\Letters\" folder; and "_list_of_worksheets.doc," which resides inside the "Texas Probate System <year>\Word documents\Worksheets\" folder.

Note: The shortcut files and their folder hierarchy are installed by the "Windows" EXE file but are not included in the "Mac" ZIP file because the type of shortcut files included with the digital downloads are compatible with only Windows systems. The forms index files, however, are included in both "Windows" and "Mac" versions and should be compatible with both.


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