I have a recurring problem with map files. In Layout view, when I select multiple elements by dragging a box, I get the dialog 'ArcMap has stopped working'. Sometimes this happens when selecting a single element or resizing an element.
I've had limited success in fixing it, usually by re-creating the map from scratch, and copying the layers and elements from the bad map file.
Any ideas why this happens, and what can be done to prevent or remedy it?