Support for the new Euro currency symbol in Office

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This article contains information about how you can enable support for the Euro currency symbol in the programs listed at the beginning of this article.

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In Europe, a new currency called the Euro has been created. As of June 1998, the Euro does not exist as legal tender, but as a tradable commodity. In a few years, Euro notes and coins will be used as legal tender in several countries of Europe.

Like the United States dollar, the British pound sterling, and the Japanese yen, the Euro has a distinct symbol. The new Euro symbol resembles the capital letter "C" with two horizontal lines through the center of the "C".

None of the programs listed at the beginning of this article include native support for the Euro symbol. Also, none of the codepages and fonts included with Microsoft Windows 95 and Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 include support for the Euro symbol. However, it is possible to download codepages and fonts that will allow you to use the Euro symbol in these programs.

NOTE: Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 include native support for the Euro symbol. However, you should still download the new Tahoma font (see the "Euro-Compatible Tahoma Font" section, below) if you want to use the Euro symbol in any of the programs listed at the beginning of this article.

Euro Currency Support for Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows 2000

Windows 98 and Windows 2000 include native support for the Euro symbol using the following fonts:
  • Arial
  • Courier New
  • MS Sans Serif
  • Times New Roman

Euro Currency Support for Microsoft Windows 95

If you want to use the Euro symbol in any of the programs listed at the beginning of this article, you should download and install an updated Tahoma font. The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
Tahoma32.exe
For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file. Save the program to your hard disk drive. When you run Tahoma32.exe, it will install new Tahoma and Tahoma Bold fonts, and it will prompt you to restart your computer. Tahoma32.exe installs the files that are listed in the following table.
   File           Font
   ---------------------------------------

   Tahoma.ttf     Updated Tahoma font
   Tahomabd.ttf   Updated Tahoma Bold font
				

Typing a Euro Symbol

To type a Euro symbol, make sure that you are using a font that supports the Euro symbol, and then follow these steps:
  1. Hold down the ALT key.
  2. Using the numeric keypad, type 0128.
  3. Release the ALT key.
The Euro symbol should appear on the screen.

Printing the Euro Symbol

To print the Euro symbol, your printer must be able to print text as graphics, or print TrueType fonts as bitmap soft fonts.

For more information about printing text as graphics and printing TrueType fonts as bitmap soft fonts, consult the printed documentation provided with your printer.

For more information about printing the Euro symbol, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
195041 The Euro symbol is not printed

REFERENCES

For more information about the Euro, please use your Web browser to go to the following address:
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/1998/Apr98/Eurocrpr.mspx
This Web page contains information about Euro support and links to other relevant Web pages, including the official European Union Web site.

You can also download additional Euro-compatible fonts from the following address:
http://www.microsoft.com/truetype/fontpack/win.htm

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Article ID: 188081 - Last Review: May 28, 2007 - Revision: 5.3
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