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Having MS Word crash on your Mac?
Delete some preference files and see if that helps!
In your home directory, nuke this one:
/Users/[username]/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Word.plist

There are more plist files in:
/Users/[username]/Library/Preferences/Microsoft

Check them with this utility:
plutil -s *.plist
(or a whole home directory with this):
plutil `find . -iname '[a-z]*.plist'` | grep -v OK | grep -v "regular file"

uncompress (if binary format) and look at them:
plutil -convert xml1 file.plist

Another couple of files to delete are:
OLE Registration Database 11
Office Registration Cache 11


another issue, this time Firefox
~/Library/Preferences/org.mozilla.firefox.plist
Sometimes this gets corrupted (not sure how yet)
but causes ff 3.5.2 to crash
Here is a link to look up submitted crash reports:
http://support.mozilla.com/is/kb/Firefox+crashes+when+you+open+it
Short story, just append the crash id at the end:
http://crash-stats.mozilla.com/report/index/
find them in:
~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Crash Reports/submitted



Here is a great reference for plutil (aside from a badly written man page):
http://www.askdavetaylor.com/can_i_check_my_plist_files_in_mac_os_x_for_problems.html


More on corruption of MS Office preference files:
http://sos-rob.blogspot.com/2009/03/solutions-for-microsoft-word-2004-and.html


Even more:
http://www.macos.utah.edu/documentation/administration/poorly-made_apps/the_list/microsoft_office.html


Wow, nice find here:
https://pirlwww.lpl.arizona.edu/wiki/MacDesktopProblems


More info on file creation date confusion on OS X here:
http://blog.sudosu.net/2009/file-created-date-under-os-x/


Best write up yet - as to why MS cranks out poo!
http://www.macos.utah.edu/documentation/administration/poorly-made_apps/the_list/microsoft_office.html




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