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Error in Word Header/Footer autotext - Can you help?

Posted on 2003-11-24
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When I enter Page X of Y in my header/footer from the autotext button this is what I get:

Page   PAGE   of   NUMPAGES  

with square either side of the PAGE and NUMPAGES, as if the values for these items has somehow become distorted. Is there a way I can fix this?

Thanks.
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by:Dreamboat
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Hit Alt+F9

You're viewing field codes.
Alt+F9 turns that off/on and it sounds like you have it on.
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by:jl202
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Hi, I entered this and it made no difference. Didn't seem to change anything!
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by:Dreamboat
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"entered it"?

Is this exactly what you see?
PAGE {PAGE} OF {NUMPAGES}

If not, then what you're describing sounds like what I've seen when I have an odd font chosen.

If it's a bad font it might look something like this:

PAGE W OF W

Where the Ws are little boxes.


If it's a non-TrueType font, it might look something like this:

PAGE BXB OF BYB

Where the Bs are very skinny boxes, but they do not show in print preview or when printing.
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by:jl202
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Pressing alt+f9 seemed to make no difference!

If I enter page into the header from autotext I get - W  PAGE W  - where the W are square boxes. Pressing alt+f9 does nothing whether before or after I enter the header. If I press the button for page number it works??
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by:jl202
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Its like the autotext drop down box is not loading these standard values, even though the buttons are. It won't do titles or filenames either, for instance.
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Dreamboat earned 200 total points
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OH!
Why dintcha say so? ;)

Better do Word troubleshooting, beginning with Step 3:
www.theofficeexperts.com/word.htm
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by:jl202
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Cheers! :-)
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by:Dreamboat
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Cool!
And thanks for the grade!
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