Thanks, Computerchic. Your suggestions did work, however, I really miss my conversion table. I like to know what kind of document is being opened in Word so I can know whether I need to use edit/paste special/unformatted text to prepare a document that will not become corrupt! Again, my thanks.
jdesktop, if you are comfortable in regedit I would clean up the strange keys in there. You should be able to distinguish the junk from a real key pretty easily. Its always a good idea to back up your registry before making any edits, so you can restore back to original if needed. Good luck.