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    Suddenly, line breaks are Zoom-level dependent!

    So I load up a document containing a table into Word 2000 on Windows 2000, a table that I update every week, and suddenly the paragraphs in each cell -- which are carefully set to fit on one line -- are breaking into two lines.

    Not only that, but the place where the line breaks is now dependent, not on the default printer driver (as it usually is), but on the Zoom level, of all things! That is, lines seem to break correctly at 95% zoom (actually, they're not exact), but they break too early on 100% zoom, or higher.

    Naturally, everything prints exactly as before (small consolation).

    So, somehow, Word's font metrics have become disconnected from the printer driver.

    Before I try reinstalling Office (a monumental head-ache), anyone have any other suggestions?

    For the record, this happens with all documents, including old ones and new, it's not restricted to any particular font size, although smaller fonts are less affected(?). I've tried reinstalling my core fonts, and my printer driver (since it crashed Explorer when I tried to see its Properties). My application log was corrupted, but was telling me: "WMI ADAP was unable to load the winspool.drv performance library due to an unknown problem within the library: 0x0" with event ID 37 (and had been, undetected, for a number of months). But that file is identical to that in the I386 directory (once expanded).

    Finally, looking for a trigger, yesterday: IE launched a Word document directly from the Intranet (without prompting me, the <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=[censored] border=0>!) and displayed my customised toolbar without the standard toolbars (is this normal?), then later I tried to edit a message in Outlook (mainly to convert it to plain text), and Outlook unexpectedly launched Word to edit it (I turned off Word as the email editor a long time ago, so I was very surprised by this!). Finally, I tried to install a piece of software called Kannel, which said it couldn't set up the uninstall sequence, then proceeded to install anyway, but without tracking its own install. I suspect the latter is a red herring, but the error means I can't check that.

    Again, any help would be a life-saver!

    Paulius

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    Re: Suddenly, line breaks are Zoom-level dependent!

    The file may have originally been created in Word 97, or any earlier version.

    If that is the case (or even if it isn't just try this for fun!), go to Tools|Options|Compatibility (Tab) and check the box against "Use printer metrics to lay out documents" (you may need to scroll down the options to locate this one). See if the problem disappears.

    If it does, Cheers!

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    Re: Suddenly, line breaks are Zoom-level dependent!

    I've been meaning to ask for ages - where can I found out what all those compatibility options mean - do they publish something about them anywhere? Help doesn't seem to go into detail.

    Ian

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    Re: Suddenly, line breaks are Zoom-level dependent!

    From Word97's help:

    <blockquote><hr>Text that I print looks different from text on the screen.

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    Re: Suddenly, line breaks are Zoom-level dependent!

    > where can I found out what all those compatibility options mean

    I just found a KB-article a few days ago (I was wondering, too):

    "Wd2000: Word Compatibility Options Described"

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?id=KB>http://support.microsoft.com/directo...icle.asp?id=KB</A>;EN-US;Q193266

    <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21> Greetings, Klaus

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    Re: Suddenly, line breaks are Zoom-level dependent!

    I tried the Draft setting (it was off) and the compatibility setting (it was on; and although the document was once in Word 97 format, it's long been in Word 2000, anyway). Sadly, neither made any difference.

    I'll hold off on a reinstall of Office until next week, in the hope someone else might have an idea. Please?

    Thanks,

    Paulius

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    Re: Suddenly, line breaks are Zoom-level dependent!

    Is this a problem when you print the document - or just viewing it on the screen?

    Which view option are you using?
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
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    Re: Suddenly, line breaks are Zoom-level dependent!

    Charles Kenyon asked:
    >Is this a problem when you print the document - or just viewing it on the screen?
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    >Which view option are you using?

    It's only a problem when I view the document on the screen; it prints the same way it always has.

    I do nearly all my editing (certainly for short documents) in Normal View, as it reduces graphical clutter and gives me more space. However, this turns out to be a very salient point.

    It seems the problem only occurs in Normal View. In Print Layout View (when did they change the name?), the display accurately reflects the printed output. This suggestion is, hence, an excellent work-around, even if it doesn't solve the problem.

    Thanks, Charles,

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    Re: Suddenly, line breaks are Zoom-level dependent!

    Check out the article at

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q193/2/66.ASP>http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/ar...s/Q193/2/66.ASP</A>

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    Re: Suddenly, line breaks are Zoom-level dependent!

    Thanks, Klaus, though the link doesn't seem to work. I'll look for it.

    Ian

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    Re: Suddenly, line breaks are Zoom-level dependent!

    Hi Paulius,

    Go to Tools/Options/View and see if you have "Wrap to window" turned on.
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    Re: Suddenly, line breaks are Zoom-level dependent!

    Thanks, Rajesh.

    The article doesn't tell you all you might like to know, though. 'Use Word 97 line breaking rules for Asian text', for instance is explained as 'Word 2000 uses Word 97 line-breaking rules for Asian text' which leaves me none the wiser as to what the Word 97 line breaking rules are. Hopefully I'll never need to know.

    I especially liked the bit about small capitals, with its reference to 'slightly larger smaller capital letters'. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Suddenly, line breaks are Zoom-level dependent!

    <<I especially liked the bit about small capitals, with its reference to 'slightly larger smaller capital letters'. >>
    <img src=/S/salute.gif border=0 alt=salute width=15 height=20> <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Suddenly, line breaks are Zoom-level dependent!

    BAM wrote:
    >Go to Tools/Options/View and see if you have "Wrap to window" turned on.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!

    That was exactly the problem!

    I guess Word somehow spontaneously turned on this option, which I didn't even know existed. Now it's back off, everything's back to normal.

    Thank you for helping me avoid a reinstall, and restoring some general faith in my system!

    Paulius

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    Re: Suddenly, line breaks are Zoom-level dependent!

    Hi Paulius,
    Glad you have it resolved.

    FWIW, reinstalling wouldn't have solved this problem since the majority of Tools/Options are considered personal preferences and are preserved.
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