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When you format text with a symbol font, such as Wingdings, and then change to a non-symbol font such as Times New Roman, the text is replaced with box characters.
Word displays the box characters after it translates the symbol font to its Unicode equivalent.
This problem occurs when you do the following:
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The following Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications macro converts the symbol characters to non-symbol characters:
NOTE: Select the square characters before you run the following macro.
The following table lists common symbol and non-symbol fonts.
Symbol Fonts Non-Symbol Fonts --------------------------------------------------------- Bookshelf Symbol 3 Arial Marlett Book Antiqua Monotype Sorts Bookman Old Style MS Outlook Century Schoolbook MT Extra Courier New Symbol Garamond Wingdings Times New Roman
UnicodeUnicode is a 16-bit character set designed to cover all the world's major living languages, in addition to scientific symbols and dead languages that are the subject of scholarly interest. It eliminates the complexity of multi-byte character sets that are currently used on UNIX and Windows to support Asian languages. A consortium of companies including Apple, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Digital, and IBM created Unicode. These companies used information from the ISO-10646 standard to produce a single standard in 1993. Unicode is the basis for the Windows NT operating system.
Unicode is a 16-bit character set where all characters occupy the same space. The first 256 values are the same as the ISO-Latin character set, which is also the basis for the ANSI character set used in Windows 3.1 and Windows 95. However, Unicode defines 34,168 distinct coded characters. In most character sets, a single value is often assigned to several characters. For example, in ASCII a "-" is used to represent a hyphen, a minus sign, a dash, and a non-breaking hyphen. In Unicode, each meaning is given its own code; that is, a hyphen is represented by a character different from a minus sign, and so forth. The Unicode standard contains only one instance of each character and assigns it a unique name and code value. It also supports "combining" accent characters, which follow the base character that they are to modify.
For more information about Unicode, visit the Unicode Web site at: