eponymous doing a Maggie

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Thu Mar 6 09:31:12 UTC 2008

Microsoft Word has some strange quirks. One is that documents in Word
can become corrupt, and by deleting the final paragraph mark, you can
get rid of the corruption.

John McGhie suggested that as a solution to a language switching bug
in Word along with the origin of the name for this technique as below.

If it's only one document, did you try a Maggie?

1)  Create a new blank document

2)  Carefully select all of the text in the bad document EXCEPT the last
paragraph mark

3)  Copy it.

4)  Paste in the new document.

5)  Save under a new file name and close all, then re-open.

This technique for de-corrupting is known as "Doing a 'Maggie'", after
Margaret Secara from the Word PC-L mailing list who first publicised the

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