Why the Word icon changed on just this computer - new Word icon with an area gray at the bottom left with a diagonal bar or a pencil?

Last week, one of our machines (34 bit) Vista has begun to view Word files by an icon which ranges from normal Word icon.  This strange Word icon has the normal Word icon with a gray area at the bottom left.  In the grey area is a diagonal bar or a pencil.  (Too small to see clearly).

It seems to behave like a normal Word document, but the icon is different.  When double click on the file, it opens Word application normally.  It prints as expected.  If I find a Word file on the server, the icon of the file word seems normal.  Once I move the computer, afterwards, the change icon.  For some, it changes shortly after I saved the document on the new computer.  Sometimes, the icon does not immediately change, and sometimes it does.  Sometimes, the icon changes after the updating of the computer.

I was told what happened after an update of Microsoft, but I can't check.  This computer has a Word 2007 (which has been updated to Word 2003 several months ago) and is running on the Vista operating system.

We tried to restore the computer to last week, but he did not.  Message:
"System restore was not entirely successful.  The system files and settings on your computer did not change.
An unspecified error occurred during system restore. »

Hi Super_Ego,

Welcome to the Microsoft Answers site!

I suggest you try the following steps.

1. click on start and then click Control Panel-> click the default programs->, and then select the set Associations tab.
2. locate .doc or another Office Word on extensions and select change program.
3. search for Microsoft Office Word, and then click OK.

Check if the word file is back to normal.

If this does not work, I suggest to create a test user account and check if the settings file for the word files are normal.

Check out this link that talks about How to create a user account in Windows Vista


Let me know if it worked.

Kind regards
Karena R - Microsoft Support

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