May 23, 2007 4:13 PM Subscribe
Fonts Filter: In MS Word 2002, I'm trying to type a "combining diaresis" (umlaut applied to the preceding character). Sometimes it actually works; sometimes i get a square box. I have no idea why it works when it does, or why it doesnt work when it doesnt.
posted by jak68 to Computers & Internet (9 answers total)
It does work consistently in Word 2007 on a different computer, so the easy answer is to upgrade Word. However, 2002 is supposed to be unicode compatible, and it DOES work on 2002 -- sometimes. I just dont know why it works when it does, or doesnt when it doesnt.
When it doesnt work, I get a square box, and the font changes to "Tahoma" (from the previous arial or arial unicode). When it does work, I get the combining diaresis correctly applied to the previous character, and the font remains what it was (I've seen it work with times new roman, tahoma, arial, etc).
To type in the diaresis (aka umlaut), i'm using a temporary custom key assignment that I created using MKLC (microsoft keyboard layout creator). Using MKLC, you can assign any unicode character (in this case, the unicode for the combining diaresis) to any key combination.
Any advice? I'd rather not shell out 300 bucks for Office 2007, especially when i dont really know why it sometimes DOES work with 2002.
I havent done anything differently as far as I can tell, to the computer, between the times when it does work and the times when it doesnt.