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WD: How to Set Up Page with Set Number of Characters Per Line
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When you type a Word document, you may want to have a certain number of characters on each line of text. If the characters are formatted in a monospace font, it is possible to calculate the horizontal printable space between the margins of the document required to produce a desired number of characters per line in the document.
The following formula can be used to calculate the necessary space between margins to produce a certain number of characters (also referred to as columns) per line.
Monospace fonts such as the TrueType Courier New are comprised of characters with equal widths. This attribute allows the creation of documents with specific numbers of characters per line. Proportional fonts contain characters of varying widths that do not facilitate the creation of certain numbers of characters per line.
Desired Characters Per Line (columns) ------------------------------------- = Required Print Area Font Size (expressed in characters per inch) in Inches
NOTE: Characters per line in documents is sometimes referred to as "Columns per line."
The following table lists some commonly used font sizes.
Characters Font size per inch 5 24 7.5 16 10 12 12 10
An Example of How to Apply the FormulaIf you need to create a document with 120 characters per line using a 12- character-per-inch font, use the following formula:
The printable area required for this example is 10 inches. To obtain a 10-inch printable area on a standard 8.5-by-11-inch page, use the following parameters.
120 characters -------------------------- = 10 inches 12 characters per inch (10 points)
Font: Use a monospace font (such as Courier) Orientation: Landscape Left margin: .5 inch Right margin: .5 inch
Article ID: 144501 - Last Review: August 17, 2005 - Revision: 1.1