This article was previously published under Q238149
This article describes how to add a carriage return to the Legal Notice text in Windows NT.
You can configure Windows NT to display a Legal Notice message to users before they can log on to the system. At the end of the message, users must click OK before the logon dialog box is displayed.
If the message contains more than one paragraph, you can add a carriage return so that the message is displayed as intended (even if the display resolution on the computer changes). For additional information about the Legal Notice banner in Windows NT, please click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
101063 Windows Logon Welcome, Displaying Warning Message
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
To add a carriage return to the Legal Notice text of a logon dialog box, follow these steps:
Locate and double-click the LegalNoticeText value.
Type the text that you want displayed in the Legal Notice message, and then click OK.
On the Edit menu, click Binary. This opens the text of the message in the binary editor. Each letter of the message (including spaces) is represented in hexadecimal, with four characters in the binary editor representing one letter of text in the message.
To insert a carriage return after a line of text, click the space just after the last character in the message where you want to put the first carriage return, type 0D00, and then click OK.
Remember that one letter of normal text is equal to four characters in the binary editor. Count the number of characters before the next location where you want to put a carriage return, and multiply this by four. Move over this number of spaces in binary mode, and then type 0D00 again.
Repeat this process for each carriage return that is needed. You can put two carriage returns next to each other to simulate a new paragraph.
NOTE: The Windows 2000 Registry Editor dialog box that is used for the Windows 2000 Legal Notice text (LegalNoticeText) does not recognize the character 0x0D. Instead, you must insert both the carriage return (0x0D) and line feed (0x0A) characters in that order, for example, 0D000A00.