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    Word shows and prints dots under baseline (2002)

    Dots are visible on the screen and they print. I have identified the source of the dot - it is generated by a code that is not visible, but is present. I have tried showing the Show/Hide, fields, anchors and every possible 'show code' concept that Word offers. The code just doesn't want to show itself. You can use the cursor keys to move the insertion point around this code. You will not see the insertion point move, but the movement can be noted on the status bar Col count.

    I have attached a document that demonstrates the problem. I have searched high and low for an answer to this problem, as they are appearing in a myriad of documents. I can find no help. Please help!

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    Re: Word shows and prints dots under baseline (2002)

    Donna,

    It's actually a fourth character on the line.

    Change the font to Arial or Comics and you will see a square box.

    If you check the ASCII value of the character, it says it's 63, a question mark. Quite weird actually.

    Just did a bit more looking, It looks like it's specific to Times New Roman, and if you look at the Insert Symbol Dialog box, switch to Times New Roman, and the Combining Diacritical Marks Subset, and you should find it there. It will be in the second Row, 5th from the right in the W2K dialog.

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    Re: Word shows and prints dots under baseline (2002)

    This looks very like the hidden character that is used to signify a change of direction when you have Right-to-Left language support installed.

    My system is not currently configured with this support, so I can't check this, but I have noticed in the past that this character has an ASC value of 63, which is what I get from Asc(ActiveDocument.Characters(4)).

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    Re: Word shows and prints dots under baseline (2002)

    Thank you so much! This did the trick. Must have had a brain cramp to not try changing the font. The client is very happy. Merci beaucoup.

    Donna

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    Re: Word shows and prints dots under baseline (2002)

    You're quite welcome Donna.

    I have a quick question that you don't have to answer if you don't want to. Do you freelance instruct for the CBC in Toronto? The only reason I ask, is that we use an instructor named Donna Sparkes. You can reply in a PM if you'd prefer, or not at all. It's up to you.
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    Re: Word shows and prints dots under baseline (2002)

    Seems to be a character U+F021, which isn't defined in Unicode, so it seems MS created that funny dot for it's own dark purposes.

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