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David Axt, AIA, CCS, CSI
Senior Member
Username: david_axt

Post Number: 279
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 01:07 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

When you open up MicroSoft Word in the upper left hand corner there is the MS Word icon and then the file name. Is there anyway to get the path to show up there?
Alan Mays, AIA
Senior Member
Username: amays

Post Number: 35
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 01:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

A quick easy answer:
Folder Options/View/check "Display full path in title bar".

Hope that helps.
David E Lorenzini
Senior Member
Username: deloren

Post Number: 32
Registered: 04-2000
Posted on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 01:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post


Right click on the tool bar area or go to Tools>Customize. Under Categories, select Web. The first item on the list should be Address. Drag this to the tool bar area. Since it is a long item, I suggest dragging it to the top line where the menu items are located. When you open a document, this box will show not only the name of the file, but also the path. It comes in handy when you have both the job section and the master section of the same section open at the same time.
David Axt, AIA, CCS, CSI
Senior Member
Username: david_axt

Post Number: 280
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 02:17 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Thanks Alan and David!

I have gotten into trouble by working on the master spec file instead of the project spec file. Thus the need for this tool.
Sheldon Wolfe
Senior Member
Username: sheldon_wolfe

Post Number: 72
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 03:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

David: Never heard of that happening before! ;-)

Try setting all of your master specification files to "read only" and you won't have that problem again. The disadvantage is that when you really do want to edit the section you have to remember to change that attribute.
John Bunzick, CCS, CCCA
Senior Member
Username: bunzick

Post Number: 221
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - 08:44 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

To avoid the problem described by David I often open the individual file as "read only", which is a drop down box in the Word File Open dialog. It take a split second longer, but at least I avoid accidental damage. I do this when I'm borrowing specially written language from another project as well. One nice thing about this is that the file name has "(read only)" appended to the name, so it's quick to identify in the title bar.
G. Wade Bevier, CSI, CCS, LEED
Username: wadeb

Post Number: 3
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - 09:13 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

What I have done is to make my office masters into word template files and then opening them through explorer. It is not difficult to make master changes and it does make it hard to inadvertently open and modify an office master in the flurry of a working project.
David Combs, CSI, CCS, CCCA (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - 02:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Sounds like y'all have an office full of spec-writer wanna-bes, what with all this fear of unauthorized tampering and editing! How do I find me one of them thar eager beavers??
John Bunzick, CCS, CCCA
Senior Member
Username: bunzick

Post Number: 222
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - 03:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

It's not the others--it's me, when I'm not paying attention! Suddenly I've deleted half the text from my master and saved it, thinking I'm working on the project spec. However, it is true that our office masters are in a read-only protected directory on the network level. But since I maintain them, I always have full access.
Don Harris AIA, CCS, CCCA, CSI
Senior Member
Username: don_harris

Post Number: 16
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 - 03:52 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

If the files are set to "read only" and you make any edits and try to save it, Word prompts you to save it under a different name. Hence, it doesn't allow you to overwrite a "read only" file. However, I don't have enough fingers to count the times I've messed up a "non read only" file. I can only thank our IT guy for his nightly incremental backups. Saved me countless times.

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