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    Odd Pixel in Text (2003)

    Greetings,

    I'm hoping perhaps one of you can assist me. I have this odd pixel in several places within my text. See attached. I'd like to remove it, but I can't determine why it's there.

    Any ideas?

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    Re: Odd Pixel in Text (2003)

    Could you attach a small sample document that demonstrates the problem? You can replace the text with dummy text.

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    Re: Odd Pixel in Text (2003)

    Certainly, here it is. [img]/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

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    Re: Odd Pixel in Text (2003)

    It's a "private use character" Hex F020 (Unicode), inserted either using Insert | Symbol or by typing F020 then pressing Alt+X.
    Apparently, this character tells Windows that it has zero width, and the dot is shifted to the left of its "official" position.

    You can get rid of one instance as follows:
    - Click just to the right of the dot.
    - Press Shift+left arrow to select it. You won't see anything selected, but the insertion point should disappear.
    - Press Delete.

    To get rid of all instances at once:
    - Select Edit | Replace...
    - Enter F020 in the 'Find what' box, then press Alt+X.
    - Leave the 'Replace with' box empty.
    - Click 'Replace All'.

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    Re: Odd Pixel in Text (2003)

    After reading Hans's analysis, I remembered a similar "dot" showed up in another thread last month: Unicode by-product? (Word XP/2003). Perhaps it's going around?

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    Re: Odd Pixel in Text (2003)

    How do you know this stuff? [img]/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

    Thanks millions, that fixed it for me.

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    Re: Odd Pixel in Text (2003)

    I don't "know" it - I'm inquisitive. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    This one had me baffled for a while - I initially thought it wasn't a character in the text but eventually it dawned on me that it had to be a symbol. Then it was a simple matter of selecting the character and pointing to Insert | Symbol to see which one it was.

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