Tools: Weird Word spacing problem solved

Subject: Tools: Weird Word spacing problem solved
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2004 22:26:49 -0400

A while back, I reported a problem editing occasional documents created using the Japanese version of Word using Word X (under OS X) on my Mac: the onscreen display of the type didn't match the actual position of the cursor, and there were weird gaps occuring within and between words. Needless to say, this made editing using revision tracking a nightmare--finding the actual cursor position required typing something to see where the new text would actually appear.

Thanks to Marj Tiefert, I found the solution. The problem was that although I had installed the necessary Japanese fonts, I'd neglected to configure Word to use them properly. On the Mac, doing so is, shall we charitably say, "inobvious"--simple when you know what you're looking for, but you have to know what to look for. (Ain't that always the case!) Here's how:

- Close all open applications.
- Copy the Utilities folder from your Office installation disk into your Microsoft Office folder.
- Open the Utilities folder, then open the Microsoft Language Register folder.
- Open a new window and navigate to the folder containing the Word icon.
- Drag the Word icon from the new window onto the Microsoft Language Register icon.
- A configuration utility launches: select Japanese language support. (The window then closes and provides no further feedback about what is happening. D'oh!)
- Launch Word. Under the Format menu, select Document. In that dialog box, you'll discover a whole new Tab called "Grid" that never existed before.
- Turn off the document grid and close the dialog box. (There are various other options you can play with, but this is the biggie.)

Voila! Problem solved. Now wasn't that obvious? Boy do I feel dim for not instantly seeing that this was the solution to my problems. <g>

In any event, this solution needs a bit of testing before I'll be confident using it, since a cursory inspection has already revealed some oddnesses that made me glad I'd created a new test account on which to test this process rather than using the account I use to earn a living--such as the fact that a few dialog box entries appear to be in Japanese, which I can't read. Oh well--at least I can now edit the problem documents!

--Geoff Hart ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca
(try geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com if you don't get a reply)


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