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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Fonts missing in Word

So you go to change fonts in Word and suddenly they're missing! You get a box that looks like this:

What happened?! What do you do? Well, this is because your default driver selected is a generic/text only driver. This printer driver is helpful as a testing tool, but only provides you a couple of raster fonts - certainly nothing that you want to use for production.

The fix is easy - just change your default driver to your real printer driver. If you don't have one installed, you just install the drivers for you printer. If you don't have a printer, then just install any printer driver (an HP laser jet works nicely) and set it as the default printer.

Word relies heavily on printer drivers for layouts, (obviously) available fonts, etc. This is also why some documents look different on differe computers. Not all printers support the same margins, fonts, etc. If you want real consistency between all computers, go pdf (there are lots of good free pdf "printers" out there too, if you don't have Adobe: try Bullzip, Cute PDF, or Primo PDF).

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