I was typing in a Word document that was renamed and saved from another document. As I was typing a paragraph in a long-used formatted style, a curious thing happened. I could no longer add spaces using the spacebar at the end of the last sentence of a paragraph.
I could add spaces in the middle or end of a sentence in a paragraph, but not at the end of the last sentence, which is followed by a hard return.
Oddly enough, if I copied the exact sentence/paragraph and pasted it into, say, Stickies, the space bar had no problem adding spaces.
To skip over all my efforts at figuring this out (including cleaning the Mac keyboard of the iMac), I finally just clicked on “Select All” parts of the report that were formatted in the corrupted style, changed to the Normal style, thereby deleting the old style (the system asked me), and then reformatted and renamed to a new style. Everything now works fine.
Have anyone ever heard of such an odd corruption with a style format?