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    Re: Bold lists sending me batty (Office XP (Upgrade from 2000))

    The font used in these windows is usually set in the Display Preferences box in Windows - the one you get by rightclicking anywhere on your desktop and choosing Properties, Appearance.

    They've probably changed which setting it picks this up from - try changing various fonts in this box until you find the one that affects it.

    If you have installed themes of any sort they can also change this setting.

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    Not a setting I can change

    Hi Beryl, Thanks for your reply.

    I have tried changing all of the settings in Display Properties with no luck. All my settings are really boring and I don't use any themes. I set all the fonts to Verdana years ago because it is easy on the eyes. I even tried grubbing around in the registry and found that all these settings are stored as hexadecimal valuse in HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktopWindow Metrics. This problem only affects Office applications (old and new) but not other Windows apps. It is even affecting the Status Bar and Task Pane in Word.

    I notice that there is a property I can't set in Display Properties. Window Text appears in a large bold font and I can't change it. It is the same for every available desktop theme. Perhaps this is the font that Office adopts for its menus and stuff.

    Perhaps this is punishment from Microsoft for sticking with NT 4.0 for the moment.

    Happy New Year!

    Rob

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    Problem solved

    Thanks Mate! You Are a Legend!

    My Tahoma font had been corrupted to a zero length file, and I was getting Tahoma Bold instead. Replacing it took seconds and my eyes are already starting to forgive me for the upgrade.

    Happy New Year!

    Rob

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    Bold lists sending me batty (Office XP (Upgrade from 2000))

    Hi All,

    I upgraded from Office 2000 Premium to XP a few days ago. On balance, I like the new features and appreciate the removal of some 2000 annoyances. My PC even worked properly again after I disabled the Search service under NT. I was never a fan of FindFast.

    Everything is going great but for one problem that is slowly sending me mad. The font for some dialog boxes and controls, such as the directory tree in Open File and the properties window in the VBA editor are all a hideous clunky bold font. It is barely readable at the screen resolution I use. Nothing I can do in the Windows Control Panel will fix it. The attached .jpg shows the problem font. The problem only shows up in Office but it has also changed the appearance of the Office 2000 apps left on my PC.

    Can anyone please suggest a way of changing the way Office displays this information.

    Thanks in advance,

    Rob

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    Correcting corrupted fonts

    Sometimes fonts become corrupted for various reasons. If any font used by Windows--such as those appearing in the Menus or Title bar--becomes corrupted the next available font will be subsitituted in its place.

    I had some font corruption problems in Windows 95 long ago. I eventually deleted the offending fonts and reinstalled "clean" copies from another machine. (You can also do this from the Cab/Source files.) This resolved the problem.

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