OFFXP: Arrowheads in Drawing Line in Embedded Object Appear Much Larger Than Expected

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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
When you use the Drawing toolbar to draw a line with arrowheads in an embedded object in a Microsoft Office document, the arrowheads may appear much larger than expected.
This problem may occur after you install the fix described in the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
814020 XL2002: Excel Data Changes Font Format After You Edit the Excel Data in Word

How to Obtain the Hotfix

This issue is fixed in the Office XP Post-Service Pack 2 Hotfix Package August 10, 2003. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
823975 Availability of the Office XP Post-Service Pack 2 Hotfix Package: August 10, 2003
After you install this hotfix, follow the steps that are listed in the "More Information" section of this article to set the QFE_ArrowheadSize registry key and to activate the hotfix.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
To activate this fix, follow these steps:
  1. Quit your Office programs.
  2. Click Start, and then click Run.
  3. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
  4. Locate, and then click to select the following registry key:
  5. With the preceding key selected, on the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD.
  6. Type QFE_ArrowheadSize, and then press ENTER.
  7. Right-click QFE_ArrowheadSize, and then click Modify.
  8. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
  9. On the File menu, click Exit to quit Registry Editor.

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