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    We sometimes receive documents from clients who use an Asian version of Word, in which measurements such as paragraph indents are shown in "ch" (character) units even when the measurement units are set as cm or inches in our system. (We have support for Asian languages enabled, so that we can view Asian fonts and use the document grid, but there is no option to set or un-set "ch" units in our system). Is it possible to set Word so that in Format > Paragraph it shows indents in the units that we have set instead of in "ch" units?

    We found the following procedure, but this only seems to apply to Word 2002/3 and only to affect the ruler (which does not show "ch" units on our system) and does not affect the units shown in Format > Paragraph for indents.
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;299339
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    Are you saying you cant type 'cm' in the units shown for first line indent or do you want this to automatically show as cm regardless of what was typed there?

    I can define the first line indent on one paragraph in ch and another paragraph in cm. When I revisit the paragraph dialog the units I typed both show and don't get converted to a standard unit automatically.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    I'm using Word 2003 and see the same as Andrew: if I enter an indent in inches, centimetres, millimetres, points or picas, next time I open the dialog it'll be displayed in the unit specified in the Options dialog for Word. But if I enter the value in characters, it'll be displayed as characters again next time.

    I think this is by design, because there is no fixed conversion from characters to inches etc. - it depends on the font in use. So if Word converted 3.5 ch to, say, 1.5 cm because that's the current equivalent, it wouldn't be correct any more if you changed the font size.

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    Thanks for your replies.

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