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    WinXP Font Substitution (WinXP 5.1.2600 (SR-1))

    I recently uninstalled a bunch of fonts (moving them to another folder), partly as a general housekeeping effort, but also so that Access 2002 would provide a list of available fonts in its Options dialog (too many fonts was the diagonosis given in the Access Lounge for why the list was empty). That list is now populated with the available fonts -- that problem is fixed, but...

    After uninstalling the fonts, various symbols on various WIndows XP menus and Dialog Boxes are garbled with other symbols (e.g., the triangle symbol used on the Start menu to indicate a submenu is now the little mouse symbol (the Wingdings 0x38 symbol)). I must have inadvertently uninstalled one or more fonts that Windows (and/or Office XP) uses. I've reinstalled all the fonts that I uninstalled, but I'm still getting the wrong symbols on the Windows XP menus and Dialog Boxes.

    Any ideas on how to repair this?

    TIA,

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    Re: WinXP Font Substitution (WinXP 5.1.2600 (SR-1)

    Never had this happen. If you have TweakUI for XP installed, you might try its Repair Icons menu to see if that clears out the junk. I don't know if the symbol you used as an example is part of the "iconic" kluge or not, but it's worth a try - quick and easy.

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    Re: WinXP Font Substitution (WinXP 5.1.2600 (SR-1))

    The link below will give you the default fonts for Win98 - I'm afraid I can't find an equivalent for XP but I'm fairly sure they are the same:

    195708 - List of Default Fonts Included in Windows 98

    Otherwise you may pick up a tip or two from this thread at Experts Exchange.

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    Re: WinXP Font Substitution (WinXP 5.1.2600 (SR-1))

    Windows uses the Marlett font for these symbols; make sure that Marlett.ttf has been installed. I found one post in the MS Newsgroups that suggested that it is essential that it has its Hidden attribute set; it is hidden on my system. See if making it hidden on your PC helps.

    If that doesn't help, move Marlett.ttf out of the fonts folder and use the System File Checker (Star | Run..., type sfc.exe) to restore it.

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    Re: WinXP Font Substitution (WinXP 5.1.2600 (SR-1))

    Hans,

    Missing Marlett was the culprit!!!

    As I mentioned in the original post, I had previously reinstalled "all" the fonts (by using the Add Fonts menu option on the Fonts directory) that I had uninstalled (by moving to another folder) so I was puzzled why I still got the goofy symbols.

    Here's what happened: I have my default folder options set to show hidden files. So Marlett (which was "hidden") was uninstalled along with all the others. The Add Fonts utility, when you browse to the folder containing the font(s) you want to install, shows ONLY the UNhidden files, so I never reinstalled Marlett... hence WIndows/Office found some other font (apparently Wingdings) to use instead. With your tip that Marlett is the font needed and that it is typically hidden, I went to my unused fonts folder, unhid Marlett, installed it, and then hid it again in the Fonts folder, rebooted, and -- voila -- life is again good.

    Much thanks Hans. I follow many of your posts over on the Access lounge and I never cease to be AMAZED at how knowledgeable, helpful, and responsive you are. A good guy AND a know-it-all (in the best sense of the phrase) -- a great combination!

    Regards,

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    Re: WinXP Font Substitution (WinXP 5.1.2600 (SR-1))

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