Limitations when you save a Word document as a Web page

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SUMMARY

When you save a Microsoft Word document as a Web page (on the File menu, click Save as Web Page), Word automatically converts the page to HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), the language used by Web browsers to read Web pages.

Because Word displays the Web page similar to the way the page would be displayed in a Web browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer), certain types of formatting and other items that are not supported by HTML or by the Web page authoring environment, are not displayed in Word (or in Web browsers).

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When you save a Word 2000 document as a Web page, Word warns you with the message "Some of the features in this document aren't supported by Web browsers" and shows you a summary of the features that are not supported and how they appear in a Web browser.

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, the features listed in the following tables also behave the same as listed if you do either of the following:
  • In Word 6.0 or Word 95, you open a Web page document that was created (saved as Web page) in Word 2007, Word 2003, Word 2002, or Word 2000. You resave it as HTML (*.htm, *.html, *.htx), and then reopen the file in one of these later versions of Word.

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  • In Word 2007, Word 2003, Word 2002, and Word 2000, you open a Web page document that was created in Word 2000 and saved as a Web page.
The following tables list the elements that Word changes or removes when it saves a file as a Web page.

Character Formatting

This formatting in Word

Looks like this in a Web browser

Text with character border

No character borders on Web pages.

Text with In-margin drop caps

Text with In-margin drop caps becomes text with initial capital letters.

NOTE: This feature is incorrectly documented in Word Help. Please see the article listed in the "References" section of this article.

Text is animated

Animated text becomes italic on Web pages.

Text is Double strikethrough

Double strikethrough text becomes single strikethrough on Web pages.

Text with Emboss effect

Embossed text becomes gray text on Web pages.

Text with Engrave effect

Engraved text becomes gray text on Web pages.

Text with Outline effect

Outlined text becomes bold text on Web pages.

Text with Shadow effect

Shadow text becomes bold text on Web pages.

Text with character underline style

Character underline style becomes single underline on Web pages.

Horizontally scaled characters

Horizontally scaled characters become regular text on Web pages.

NOTE: This does not affect text that has spacing applied between characters. On the Format menu, click Font. On the Character Spacing tab, change the Spacing setting from Normal to either Expanded or Condensed.

Raised and lowered text

Raised and lowered text becomes superscript and subscript text on Web pages.

Text with underline color different from text

Underline color becomes the same as the text color on Web pages.

Small caps

Small caps become All caps on Web pages.

Kerned text

Kerned text becomes regular text on Web pages.

Paragraph Formatting

This formatting in Word

Looks like this in a Web browser

Text with patterned character shading

Patterned character shading becomes solid color on Web pages.

At least line height

At least line height becomes exactly on Web pages.

Decorative border styles

Decorative border styles become single-line border styles on Web pages.

NOTE: This feature is incorrectly documented in Word Help.
Please see the article listed in the "References" section of this
article.

Paragraphs with negative left indent

Paragraph indent is set to zero on Web pages.

Page Layout

This formatting in Word

Looks like this in a Web browser

Framed text

Framed text becomes right-aligned or left-aligned text with wrapping on Web pages.

Margins

Margins do not appear or print on Web pages.

Columns

Columns become a single column on Web pages.

Headers and footers

Headers and footers do not appear or print on Web pages.

Fields

Fields (for example, MACROBUTTON or EQ fields) do not appear or print in a Web browser.

Footnotes

Footnotes are moved to the end of the page on Web pages.

Page numbers

Page numbers do not appear or print on Web pages.

Page border

Page borders do not appear on Web pages.

Tabs

Tabs may not align correctly on Web pages.

Editing

This formatting in Word

Looks like this in a Web browser

Versioning

No versions on Web pages.

Password protection

Password is lost on Web pages.

Document protection

Password is lost on Web pages.

Double underline change marks

Double underline change marks become single underline change marks on Web pages.

Graphic Formatting

This formatting in Word

Looks like this in a Web browser

Floating graphic

Floating graphic becomes right-aligned or left-aligned with wrapping on Web pages.

Asian Text Formatting

This formatting in Word

Looks like this in a Web browser

Combined characters

Combined characters become regular text on Web pages.

Enclosed characters

Enclosed characters become regular text on Web pages.

Horizontal in Vertical

Horizontal in Vertical becomes horizontal text on Web pages.

Phonetic Guide

Phonetic Guide becomes regular text on Web pages (Internet Explorer 4.0 only).

Two lines in one

Two lines in one becomes one regular line on Web pages.

Emphasis dot

Emphasis dot is removed, and text is underlined on Web pages.

Document Grid (vertical and horizontal)

Document Grid (vertical and horizontal) becomes regular text on Web pages (Internet Explorer 4.0 only).

Compress leading punctuation

Compress leading punctuation becomes full width on Web pages.

Hanging punctuation

Hanging punctuation is removed. Last word in line wraps to next line on Web pages.

First and last line break control characters

Line breaks do not respect these character settings on Web pages.

Distributed text

Distributed text is ignored on Web pages.

Table Formatting

This formatting in Word

Looks like this in a Web browser

Automatically resize to fit contents turned off

Automatically resize to fit contents is turned on, on Web pages.

Absolute row height

At least row height on Web pages.

Diagonal cell borders

No diagonal cell borders on Web pages.

Decorative cell borders

Decorative border styles become box border styles.

Text-wrapped table

Text-wrapped table becomes left-aligned on Web pages.

Vertical text direction

Vertical text direction becomes horizontal text direction on Web pages.

Indent from left

Table with a negative indent from left appears cut off or cropped.

NOTE: Please see the article listed in the References section of this article.

Web Page Formatting

This formatting in Word

Looks like this in a Web browser

Don't use HTML paragraph spacing

Use HTML paragraph spacing on Web pages.

REFERENCES

For additional information about incorrectly documented features that describe saving as a Web page, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
216692 WD2000: Doc Err: Save a Word 2000 Document as a Web Page
For additional information about the "Indent from left" setting causing the table to be cut off or cropped, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
253968 WD2000: Table Appears Cropped or Cut Off When Displayed or Printed

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Article ID: 212270 - Last Review: October 22, 2008 - Revision: 2.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Word 2000
  • Microsoft Office Word 2007
  • Microsoft Word 2002
  • Microsoft Office Word 2003
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