Fixing Word Crashes with "Smart" Copy and Paste

I vented my spleen a bit on a recent Mac Power Users episode about instability in Microsoft Word on the Mac. I received a lot of email about that and it appears I'm not alone. I did, however, also receive a very nice email from listener Don that explained how he made Word crashes go away by unchecking Word's "Use smart cut and paste" feature. I'll try anything once so I went ahead and unchecked it a week ago. I've got a big "thing" at the day job starting Monday so I've been working in Word most of this week. Guess what? No crashes. Now if you'll excuse me I'll be knocking on a lot of wood.