Monday, 26 September 2016

Desktop icons flicker when starting an MS Office application e.g. Word. [Anwsered]

Desktop icons flicker when starting an MS Office application e.g. Word.

This is not a huge problem, it is just irritating, but I would like to know the answer to it if possible.  I am running Windows 7 Home Premium on a new PC and after running up my PC, the first time I start an MS Office 2010 application the desktop icons
flicker or turn white and then re-establish themselves in a second or two; working isn't affected and the shortcuts still work.  This only happens the first time you start any one of the MS Office 2010 applications; Word; XL; Powerpoint, or Publisher.  Once
any one of those applications has been run, for example Word, it doesn't happen again when you start another MS Office application, for example XL.  This doesn't happen when I start any of my other installed software applications, only the MS Office 2010 ones. 
I upgraded to 2010 from 2007 trial version which was pre-installed on the PC and don't recall it happening when I was running the earlier version, could it be something to do with having upgraded to 2010?

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Hi Amrita,
               The following may be of interest.  Further to my August 11, 2010 message timed at 5.11pm.  I forgot that the Click to Run bootstrapper was already in my Downloads folder so, for the sake of experiment, I re-ran it to re-install Office Home
and Student 2010 (English) alongside the MS Office folder in which my disc installed applications are kept.  Click to Run and Office Home and Student 2010 are now re-installed as well as the disc copy which I installed on August 11th.
As I have already said in the August 11th reply the applications in the MS Office folder start with no problems and there is no turning white of the icons on the desktop.  However, when you start any of the applications from the Office Home and Student 2010
folder downloaded today the desktop icons flicker, turn white and then re-establish.  As you will be aware Click and Run is designed to install Office Home and Student 2010 alongside other installed copies of Office, so I think this clearly shows that the
flicker and turning white of the desktop icons is directly related to Click and Run downloaded Office software.
I will continue to use the disc installed software on a daily basis and retain the Click to Run downloaded Office Home and Student 2010 because it will be continually updated and be there should I ever need to use it in the future.  I think my issue is now
resolved but it would be interesting to hear your thoughts.

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