WD97: MS LineDraw Font Not Usable in Word

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In Microsoft Word 97, if you open a document from an earlier version ofWord or from another word processing program that uses the MS LineDrawFont, you cannot use this font to draw lines or boxes.
The MS LineDraw font is included in earlier versions of Microsoft Word,MS-DOS, and Microsoft Windows 3.0, and is not intended as a drawing tool.

This font is intended for importing documents that contain line drawingsfrom MS-DOS based programs, such as WordPerfect. Word 97 identifies the MSLineDraw font as a symbol font, and interprets text in the MS LineDrawfontas a series of symbols. Therefore, many formatting and proofing featuresofWord ignore this text.
To draw lines or boxes within Word, use the drawing tools and featuresthatship with Word to create lines, outlines, boxes and other shapes. To dothis, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on the Drawing toolbar by pointing to Toolbars on the View menu, and clicking Drawing.
  2. Use the Drawing toolbar buttons to draw the shapes you want.
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The Courier New font contains the exact same character set as MS LineDraw.Word 97 should map the MS LineDraw font to Courier New; however, becausethere are several versions of the Courier New font, Word may or may notmapit correctly. The Courier New version 2.0 font should allow the correctmapping of the MS LineDraw font.

To access the line drawing characters that used to be available in MSLineDraw, click Symbol on the Insert menu, and then click (Normal Text) inthe Font list.

For additional information about the MS LineDraw font, please see thefollowing article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
163059 WD97: Some Fonts Are Not Available in Word
For more information about drawing tools in Word 97, click the OfficeAssistant, type "drawing tools," click Search, and then click one of thetopics.

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on theStandard toolbar. If Word Help is not installed on your computer, pleasesee the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component
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Article ID: 179422 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 14:57:00 - Revision: 2.0

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