Solved

Grayed out square brackets in Word XP

Posted on 2006-06-22
3
608 Views
Last Modified: 2006-11-18
I have a client who uses Word XP for writing financial planning documents. The final document is generated from a specialist application using a plug-in called Word Writer. Basically the data is entered in the specialist application, and then the Word Writer plug-in is started. This plug-in starts Word, inserts a set piece of text, including many fields, and then the fields are filled in automatically by the other application. The user then just has to check and print the document. This document clearly needs to be error free, as it contains financial advice, and it has to look professional.

In this case, when using the application and plug-in the user gets the correct document and data, but on a number of headings there are grayed out square brackets either side of the heading. The funny thing is that this does not happen on other workstations, so I doubt the template is to blame.

I have looked at the style of the headings and can't see anything in there that may cause this. Two different heading styles have the same problem.

The user says that he thought he had seen these grayed out characters on a printed copy of the document. Testing it today we could not repeat this printing of the greyed out brackets.


The headings where this appear are all numbered headings.
Not all numbered headings have this issue.
The end brackets is selectable text.
When an end bracket is selected, copied and then pasted into a new document, a square bracket doesn't appear, but a numbered heading does, ie just the number, not any words.

Q1. Does being greyed out mean that this text is non-printing text?
Q2. Any thoughts on why they appear just on this workstation.
Q3. Ideally we need to get rid of the brackets, or at least ensure that they don't print out, ever.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
0
Comment
Question by:ThinkandBuild
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
3 Comments
 
LVL 76

Accepted Solution

by:
GrahamSkan earned 500 total points
ID: 16966982
They are Bookmarks. They shouldn't be printable. You can hide them again - Tools/Options, View tab.
0
 

Author Comment

by:ThinkandBuild
ID: 16999833
Graham,

Man of few words, but great insight. Thank you for answering my simple question.

May your camels be free of fleas.

Thanks,

Simon.
0
 
LVL 76

Expert Comment

by:GrahamSkan
ID: 16999935
Thanks, ThinkandBuild. Hopefully my son's cat will benefit from that wish (and us from the reduced fallout).
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

When creating Microsoft Word-based forms there may be a need to have a form field repeated throughout the whole document. For instance, with a company name, you may want this information repeated automatically throughout the document rather than man…
This is written from a 'VBA for MS Word' perspective, but I am sure it applies to most other MS Office components where VBA is used.  One thing that really bugs me is slow code, ESPECIALLY when it's mine!  In programming there are so many ways to…
The viewer will learn how to make their project stand out over others by learning how to change colors and shapes, add spaces, change directions, and add bullets to their charts.
This video shows where to find templates, what they are used for, and how to create and save a custom template using Microsoft Word.

733 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question