Fixing problems with Microsoft Word

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How to solve problems using ClaroRead and other Claro products with Microsoft Word.


  • “I press play, everything highlights very quickly but no speech is produced.” – try Cure 1 first
  • “I try to scan into Word, it goes through the process but nothing appears in Word at the end.” – try Cure 1 first
  • “I click the Check button and ClaroRead crashes.” – try Cure 2 first


  • Open ClaroRead and Word, open a text document. Press Play: highlighting and reading should proceed from the cursor position, but nothing happens.
  • (Advanced) Download and unzip the Claro Support Toolkit. Close Word. From the toolkit run the program “WordTest.exe”, which will show a diagnostic report. Then start Word, type some text, and go back to the toolkit and double-click to run “WordCOMTest.vbs”, which should display the text in the Word document. If either of these steps indicates a problem, then the fixes on this page should help you. If not, please contact Claro Support for more assistance.

Cure 1: Detect and Repair

Word comes with built-in repair options. Use these to fix Microsoft Word so it works with ClaroRead again. The different instructions for different versions of Word are below.

Cure 1: Detect and Repair – for Microsoft Word XP, 2002 or 2003

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Open the Help menu.
  3. Select “Detect and Repair” and follow the instructions: you may need your Office or Word installation CD or DVD.
    The default options are fine. Click Start to begin.

    Repair may take a few minutes.

    When Repair has finished click OK to return to Word and try using ClaroRead again.

Still not working? Detect and Repair does not work.

Cure 1: Detect and Repair – for Microsoft Word 2007 (Microsoft Office Diagnostics)

  1. Open Microsoft Word 2007.
  2. Click on the Word 2007 Start button and select Word Options
  3. Select “Resources” from the left-hand column and click “Diagnose”.
    You should request that Office runs Diagnostics, and follow the prompts. This may take several minutes, and you may need your Office or Word installation CD or DVD.When Repair has finished click OK to return to Word and try using ClaroRead again.

Cure 1: Detect and Repair – for Microsoft Word 2010 and 2013

Microsoft Word 2010 and Microsoft Word 2013 no longer have “Detect and Repair” or diagnostic options within Word. Instead, go directly to Cure 2 below and Repair the installation.

Cure 2: Repair the Microsoft Office installation

For Office 2010

  • Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features.
  • Select your Microsoft Office version in the programs list:
  • Select “Change” from the options at the top.
  • The Office installation window should now give you an option to repair. Select “Repair” and follow the instructions:

For Office 2013 and Office 2016

  • Select your Microsoft Office version in the programs list:
  • Select “Change” from the options at the top.
  • The Office installation window should now give you an option to repair. First select ‘Quick repair’ and ‘Repair’, then follow the instructions:
  • If this does not resolve the problem, repeat the above procedure but this time perform an ‘Online repair’

If Detect and Repair does not work

If the Detect and Repair process does not work then the next best step is to reinstall Microsoft Office. If you are technical, however, you can try one of the following fixes:

  1. Delete the or normal.dotm document template.
    • Close Word.
    • Open Windows Explorer .
    • Turn on “Show hidden files, folder and drives”.
    • Go to:
      • Windows XP: “C:\Documents and Settings\[your username]\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates”
      • Windows Vista and 7: “C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates”
    • Delete (Word 2003 and earlier) or normal.dotm (Word 2007 and later).
    • Restart Word.
  2. Word may need to re-register with Windows. To do this you will need to open the run command. To do this;
    • On Windows XP: Click Start, then click ‘Run’.
    • On Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8: Click Start and type ‘run’ in the search box, this should bring up the Run shortcut, click on it.

    Depending on your version of office type the following into the run command. If you are using a 64-bit version of Windows, replace “\Program Files\” with “\Program Files (x86)\”

    • Office 2016: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\WINWORD.EXE" /r
    • Office 2013: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 15\root\office\WINWORD.EXE" /r
    • Office 2010: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\Winword.exe" /r
    • Office 2007: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\Winword.exe" /r
    • Office 2003: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office11\Winword.exe" /r
    • Office 2002: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\Winword.exe" /r
    • Office 2000: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Winword.exe" /r
  3. Close ClaroRead. Click on Start, All Programs, Claro Software, and right-click on the ClaroRead shortcut. Select “Run as Administrator”. If this does not work, try doing the same for Microsoft Word, and finally for both. ClaroRead does notneed to be run as an administrator but permissions can be confused on a machine so one or both of ClaroRead and Word need to be run elevated. If you find this is the case, try the following steps:
    • Navigate to Microsoft Word, usually in Program Files, Microsoft Office, Office14, and called winword.exe. Right-click on winword.exe and select Properties. Open the Security tab.
    • Navigate to ClaroRead, usually in Program Files, Claro Software, ClaroRead, and called ClaroRead.exe. Right-click on ClaroRead.exe and select Properties. Open the Security tab.
    • Check that the “Group or User names” list is the same for each program. For each entry in the list check that the Permissions list has the same settings for Allow and Deny.
    • Change the “Read” and “Read & Execute” entries for ClaroRead (or Word) so they are the same.
  4. Check your network administrator, if you have one: has anything in Microsoft Word been disabled, for example in the Group Policy Editor or Group Policy Management Console?
  5. The Windows Registry contains keys that must all correctly reference your installation of Microsoft Word. Repairing Microsoft Word may fix your installation of Word but may leave intact erroneous keys – for example, keys from a different version of Word that are not referenced by your current version. One key we have discovered is HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > TypeLib > {00020905-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}. Child keys of this key reference a special file in Word, the MSWORD.OLB file. If you have any child keys in here that reference a wrong or missing MSWORD.OLB file, then ClaroRead will not speak correctly in Word. You can do two things to fix these MSWORD.OLB references:
    1. Search through the child keys of {00020905-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} for any references to an MSWORD.OLB file that is not part of your current installation, or is not actually where it says it is on the computer. For example, if you find a child key that references C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Root\Office16\MSWORD.OLB (the Word 2016 file) but you have Word 2013 installed, then you should delete the child key.
    2. You may also need to add back in the correct reference to the current MSWORD.OLB. You are probably best to use the Office repair operations detailed above. Alternatively, visit the Microsoft Support website to get additional information/support how to fix this issue.
  6. Run Word in Safe Mode so Add-ins and Extensions are disabled. If it then works this may be indicative of a conflict with an Add-in. Disable Add-ins in Word.
  7. Use Task Manager to check for instances of winword.exe – when ClaroRead is running there should be two. Close Word and ClaroRead and then check in Task Manager and terminate any other instances. Restart ClaroRead and Word and see if the problem is solved.
  8. Try deleting Word add-ins (WLLs), Startup templates and COM Add-ins. Reset user options in Word.

Other Issues

If you have a problem with the Microsoft Office Clipboard appearing when you do not want it to, then click the Options button at the bottom of the Clipboard pane at the right of the Word document and makes sure “Show Office Clipboard when Ctrl+C Pressed Twice” is not checked. This works on Office 2003 and later: contact us if you have an earlier version of Word or Office.

This page was last updated on 29th April 2021.