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    New Lounger
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    Symbol sets (Any/all)

    Okay, this may be a dumb question, but where does the specific set of symbols that come up in Word, PowerPoint, etc. come from ... the specific version (OEM?) of Office, the specific version of Windows, or from the computer hardware itself? My computer at home does not seem to have the same bullets in Word and PowerPoint that my computer at work does, even though I used the same discs to install Office 2000 on my home computer (WinXP) as were used to install Office 2000 on my work computer (Win98). We're getting new computers at work, and I want everyone's bullets to be the same. However, only 2 computers will come with Office 2003, and all of the computers will have Office 2000 installed on them (because that's what we will continue to use).

    This has always been a mystery to me! <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15>

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    Re: Symbol sets (Any/all)

    Characters are organized in fonts such as Arial, Times New Roman, Symbol and Wingdings. These fonts are stored in C:WindowsFonts. Many of them are installed with Windows, some applications store additional fonts, and the user can add/remove fonts too. You can inspect which fonts are installed by looking at C:WindowsFonts, or through the Fonts control panel

    Bullets, however, can be characters in a font, but they can also be pictures. In the attached screenshot (from Word 2002), the bullet in the lower left corner is a picture, not a character in a font.

    The situation in Word is especially complicated, because information about the bullets used is stored in the user's Normal.dot template, so each user can have his/her own settings for bullets. The Bulleted tab of the Bullets and Numbering dialog might look quite different from the screenshot below even if the user has the same fonts installed as I have.
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    Re: Symbol sets (Any/all)

    Thanks (I think! <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> . I guess it makes sense that more of them are from Windows ... I'll have to take a look at my folder. I use the same normal.dot at work as I do at home (love the customization ... and I somehow managed to keep a table feature from Word 97 that was dropped with Word 2000, and I still have it in XP!), but the bullets are still different.

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