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Old October 17th 05, 10:29 PM
Suzanne S. Barnhill
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Default Word 97 in Windows XP to maintain formatting

I suspect there really was a change in metrics somewhere along the line. I
don't remember whether it was between 97 and 2002 or earlier that I saw
this, but I know that I had a complex lease form that, when opened in a
newer version, was actually cutting text off at the edge. I forget whether
the problem was with table cells that weren't quite wide enough any more or
right-aligned tab stops that had to be moved a hair in from the margin or
what, but it was very annoying.

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"Charlie''s Word VBA questions"
m wrote in message
...
Thanks, Suzanne. Unfortunately, that didn't help.
Maybe it is helpful if I point out that (I'm rough estimating, not

counting)
about 60 % or so of the paragraphs are not a problem. This is probably
because they are left justified and each line ends a sufficient distance

from
the margin. I guess that about 30% or so of the paragraphs have one or

more
words that flow to the next line. Probably only 2 or 3% of the paragraphs
have (usually) only one or two words that flow to the preceding line in

the
paragraph. This is rare.
Frankly, none of this makes any sense to me, since I verified that the

font,
font size and margins did not change.
Is there any possibility that Word calculates space between words or from
the end of a line to the margin, even if the paragraph is left-justified?

If
so, could their algorithms have changed? I'm really clutching at straws,

I
know.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

You might also try selecting "Do full justification like WordPerfect" in
Tools | Options | Compatibility. This usually compresses justified lines

a
bit.

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"Charlie''s Word VBA questions"
m wrote in message
...
Thank you, Graham.
In fact, the old printer driver (HP) is installed on the XP machine as

well
as a new (Canon) printer driver. I have switched back and forth

between
printers, with "Use printer metrics" both On and Off. While I could
sometimes see very minor differences in the display, that did not

resolve
the
problem. And yet, a very small difference such as right indenting a

test
paragraph by -.05" solved the problem for that one paragraph. I guess

I
don't really understand how Word uses the printer to format the

display
and
print.
I also tried to install the old Arial font after renaming it

"OldArial",
but
Windows was smart enough to prevent it. I also took a snapshot of a

test
paragraph on both machines and viewed them at 10x zoom. I didn't see

any
differences in the pixels for each letter nor for spacing between

letters.
It was just a guess on my part.

"Graham Mayor" wrote:

This is nothing to do with any difference between the file formats

of
Word
97 and Word 2003 (which are effectively the same) but with the fact

that
different printer drivers (and possibly different releases of the

font
files) were used to create the documents. Word formats according to

the
current printer driver. You would have to have the same printer

driver
(and
I mean the driver not the printer) and font outlines present as

when
you
created the document in Word 97. Adding Word 97 to your current

installation
will not affect the issue.
http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/Formatting/TextReflow.htm

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Charlie''s Word VBA questions wrote:
Can I install Word 97 in Windows XP? I have Office 2003 with Word
2003 already installed.
However, I have many 97 documents that, when opened on 2003, line
spacing and text formatting is sufficiently changed to cause many,
many problems. These are student workbooks with font sizes of 12

and
14 points. Words on a line flow to the next line causing
paragraph/page overflow. Sometimes a word actually fits on the

line
above. These documents contain a lot of formulas and programming
code examples so formatting and spacing is very precise and

critical.
Even text forming formulas and program code in a table may

overflow
resulting in misalignment of lines that must be precisely aligned.

I
have tried every option I can think of including all compatibility
options as Word 6.0, 97 and 2003, with printer metrics turned on

and
off. The only fixes I have come up with are doing things like
reducing font size by .5 point, setting paragraph right indent by
even as little as negative .05 inches. But I would have to do

this
line by line or paragraph by paragraph. I spent nearly a week just
finding (But not yet correcting) problems in ten documents.
I am considering installing Word 97 to solve this problem

(although I
am not sure it will). What conflicts will I encounter? Can I

keep
2003 and 97? Is there any other way to "freeze" spacing?






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