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    System Fonts (2000 SBE SR-1)

    I have some fonts which are available in some Windows programs (i.e. Notepad) but I can't find them in Word. For example "System", "MS Sans Serif". I know these are not TrueType fonts but does anyone know if they can be used inside of Word? Thanks.

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    Re: System Fonts (2000 SBE SR-1)

    MS Sans Serif (file name sserife.fon) and MS Serif (file name serife.fon) are used by any Windows application including Word for displaying the text in dialog boxes etc. and are stored in the WindowsFonts Directory. You're right, they are not TrueType fonts. They are proprietary Microsoft fonts. Their diplay is suppressed in the fonts dropdown boxes within Word. They are screen-optimised and do not print very well. So why would you want to use them within Word?

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    Re: System Fonts (2000 SBE SR-1)

    Thanks. I thought the MS Sans Serif, System, Fixedsys fonts might provide an alternative to the Courier font. I have a printout generated by a Visual Basic for DOS program and it is set up to use the Courier font. I thought there might be another font that looked better but that was not proportional (was a fixed width for each letter like Courier).

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    Re: System Fonts (2000 SBE SR-1)

    Lucida Console, and Lucida Sans Typewriter are a fixed-width fonts. I'm not sure if they came installed or if I picked them up somewhere else.
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    Re: System Fonts (2000 SBE SR-1)

    Hi SB1,

    I see you have an answer to what you want, but for the answer to "why", <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> as of Word 97, system fonts, vector fonts (such as Roman), and some of the TT symbol fonts are no longer available by design.

    However, you can force Word to use MS Sans Serif or Fixedsys, etc. by typing the name in the Font name text box or dropdown list.

    Although, as others have pointed out it looks great on screen, but in printing the font may be substituted and you lose the WYSIWYG aspect and it will not print correctly.

    I have also found that depending on the printer that is currently in use, some of these fonts will appear in the font list even though they are not "supposed" to.
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    Re: System Fonts (2000 SBE SR-1)

    Thanks! That helps. I'm looking for something that will look okay on a printout so I guess I'll have to stick with Courier.

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