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This article describes the Compatibility options that are available in in the Options dialog box Microsoft Word 97 for Windows.
NOTE: To change the Compatibility Options, on the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Compatibility tab.
Font SubstitutionDisplays fonts used in the active document that are not available on your system by using fonts that are available on your system.
Recommended Options ForSelects the word-processing program you want to set options for. Selected options affect only the display of the document while you work with it in Word. The document is not changed permanently.
OptionsSelects the options you want to appear in the active document. Selected options affect only the display of the document while you work with it in Word. The document is not changed permanently.
Option Option Description ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Combine table borders If a table contains two contiguous like Word 5.x for cells whose border is formatted the Macintosh differently, the left-most cell is displayed with the border width of the right-most cell. Do full justification To achieve full justification, like WordPerfect 6.x WordPerfect compresses the spaces for Windows between words while Word expands them. This often results in different line breaks and leads to different page breaks. To implement the WordPerfect justification method, select "Do full justification like WordPerfect 6.x for Windows" in the Options list. Don't add automatic tab Ignores the automatic tab stop that stop for hanging indent Word 6.0 uses when creating a hanging indent. Don't add extra space Prevents Word from inserting for raised/lowered additional space between lines to characters accommodate raised or lowered characters. Don't add leading Displays text without leading between (extra space) between the lines. This is the same rows of text functionality that exists in Word versions 5.x for the Macintosh. Don't add space for Word doesn't add extra space for underlines underlines. Don't balance columns Prevents Word from balancing for continuous section columns at the end of a section or starts document. Don't balance SBCS Not used in U.S. English Word. characters and DBCS characters Don't blank the area Prevents Word from obscuring any text behind metafile or graphics surrounding an inserted pictures metafile. Selecting this option decreases editing speed. Don't center "exact Changes the vertical position of text line height" lines between the top of the line space and the bottom of the line space. With the option off, any extra space is split between the ascender and descender. With the option on, all the extra space goes to the descender. Don't convert Not used in U.S. English Word. backslash characters into yen signs Don't draw underline Not used in U.S. English Word. on trailing spaces Expand character Justifies the line ending with spaces on the line SHIFT+ENTER when the paragraph ending SHIFT+RETURN is formatted as justified. Expand/condense by Rounds the measurement of the whole number of points spacing for characters with condensed or expanded spacing to the nearest whole number. Lines wrap like Not used in U.S. English Word. Word 6.0 Print body text before Prints the main text layer before the header/footer Header/Footer layer, which allows for the process of PostScript codes in the text layer the same way Word 5.x for the Macintosh does. (This functionality is the reverse of the default order.) Print colors as black Prints all colors as black, instead on noncolor printers of using grayscale (different shades of gray) when you use a printer that does not print color. Set the width of a WordPerfect calculates the width of a space like WordPerfect 5.x space in a proportional font differently than Word does. In the WordPerfect interface, this default word spacing is named WordPerfect Optimal. The Word 97 text converters can use the WordPerfect formula for spacing. Show hard page or If a frame contains a manual, or hard column breaks in frames page break or column break, Word displays it. Substitute fonts based Option used by the WordPerfect 6.x on font size converter to make a font request based on font size first, and if a match is not found, to actually map the font. Suppress extra line WordPerfect suppresses any extra line spacing at bottom spacing from the last line on a page. of page For example, if line spacing is set to double, the final line on the page does not show White space below it. To implement the line-spacing feature, select "Suppress extra line spacing at bottom of page" in the Options list. Suppress extra line Prevents Word from adding extra line spacing at top of page spacing at the top of a page. If the line spacing for the line at the top of a page is set for more than single spacing, Word ignores the extra spacing so that the top margin will not increase. Suppress extra line Prevents Word from adding extra line spacing at the top of spacing at the top of a page. If the page like Word 5.x line spacing for the line at the top for the Macintosh of a page is set for more than single line spacing, Word ignores the extra spacing so that the top margin will not increase. Suppress extra line This ensures that the layout of spacing like WordPerfect 5.x converted WordPerfect documents formatted with Automatic line height closely matches that of the original document. Suppress space before Word suppresses the space in a after a hard page or paragraph formatted with the Space column break Before option that follows a hard page break or column break. Swap left and right If a paragraph has a left border borders on odd facing (not a box) and the "Different pages Odd/Even Headers" or "Mirror Margins" check box is selected, Word prints the border on the right on odd numbered pages. Treat \" as " " in In a data source, converts a mail merge data sources delimiter composed of a backslash and quotation mark (\") to two quotation marks (" "), so that Word can recognize quotation marks. Truncate font height Word rounds the font size up or down as in WordPerfect 6.x for Windows. Use larger small caps Applies small caps formatting in Word like Word 5.x for the version 6.0 for the Macintosh the Macintosh same way as Word version 5.x for the Macintosh, which produces slightly larger smaller capital letters. Use printer metrics If this option is enabled, Word will to lay out document use the information from the printer driver that is installed as in some earlier versions of Word. If this option is disabled (default), Word will use build-in metrics to lay out the document. This means your document will look the same no matter what printer driver is installed. Use Word 6.x/95 Border Word suppresses paragraph borders Rules when paragraph is intersected by frames or wrapped drawing objects. Wrap Trailing Spaces Automatically moves any spaces that To Next Line trail into the margin after a word at the end of a line to the beginning of the next line.
DefaultSaves the compatibility options you selected as the new default in the active template. Word will display every new document based on the active template with the new compatibility options you select.