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    Spacing dots (Wd97 SR-1)

    I am trying to help my cousin with a Wd97 problem.
    Recently, Word started adding a middle dot between each word in a document. The dot now appears in every .doc file saved. The dots are not in the document when she sent it to me as an e-mail attachment. The dots appear to be an Unicode 2027 middle dot
    <www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U2000.pdf>. She does not remember changing the Normal.dot or Global .dot.
    How can she get rid of her dots? I have had her check the information on the Font tabs. Everything seems to be correct.
    Thanks for help.
    Jack <img src=/S/surrender.gif border=0 alt=surrender width=31 height=23>

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    Re: Spacing dots (Wd97 SR-1)

    Here's something to check on your cousin's computer:
    Is the Show/Hide button (Standard toolbar) - usually next to the zoom level - toggled to ON? If so, click the button again to toggle OFF.
    - OR -
    Go to the Tools menu, select Options.
    Select the View tab.
    In the second grouping (Formatting Marks), is there a check next to spaces?
    If so, take the check out.

    Hope this is helpful!

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    Re: Spacing dots (Wd97 SR-1)

    Quick follow-up to M.M. Morrow's excellent answer--more of an explanation, really. The "dots" are used to represent space characters when the formatting marks are shown. That's why toggling off the Show/Hide button will make them disappear.

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    Re: Spacing dots (Wd97 SR-1)

    Jack,

    Assuming the dots are what the other responses indicated (the spaces between words bcs Show Non-Printing characters is on), you may want to advise your cousin to leave them on. While they may seem annoying, I work with all non-printing characters showing. This allows one to easily see why there is white space (tab vs 10 spaces, for example) that may cause misalignments and other problems. I believe many power Word users work with these on.

    Of course, they don't print, as I'm sure you've found out by now.

    Fred

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    Re: Spacing dots (Wd97 SR-1)

    Thank you for the help. That took care of the problem.
    I, like my cousin would like to know how something gets changed when you didn't even know it was there!!! Thanks also to Anne and Fred for their input.

    Jack

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    Re: Spacing dots (Wd97 SR-1)

    You might want to refer your cousin to <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.mvps.org/word/FAQs/Formatting/NonPrintChars.htm> What do all those funny marks, like the dots between the words in my document, and the square bullets in the left margin, mean?</A> on the MVP site.
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
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