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Hello Experts,

Any one heard of Plus Symbols (+) being printed out unexpectedly on Word? I have a document where I have not put any plus symbols and when I print out it shows up (printed and PDF) but not on the print preview. I checked the header and nothings there.

Can someone help?

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Question by:katredrum
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by:Steve
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Have you tried saving the document as a different format?

Also if you copy/paste the text into something like notepad, create a new word document then copy paste it back into word does the problem remain ?
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by:katredrum
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Good one. I just copied and pasted in new word doc and still shows +++++++ when print. I also pasted same text in wordpad and the ++++++++ shows up too! How do i see the +++++++ in the word doc if i cannot see it?
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by:GrahamSkan
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Can you post a copy of the document, redacted, but leaving the relevant part?
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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Hi katredrum,
In the image of the Word file you posted, there's a solid gray line above TRAFFIC MANAGER. In the image of the PDF file you posted, it seems that this gray line was converted into plus signs (the gray line is not there above TRAFFIC MANAGER). Do you know what characters created the gray line? This could be a font substitution issue when printing and when creating a PDF. Regards, Joe
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by:katredrum
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Here is the document
TEST.doc
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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The doc you just posted doesn't seem to be the same doc as in your first screenshot. When I load it in Word 2007, I don't see the gray line as in your screenshot. Here's what [TEST.doc] looks like in Word:
test doc in Word 2007Here's what your first screenshot looks like:
first screenshotAre you sure you posted the same doc? Regards, Joe
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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Back to my earlier idea...font substitution problem. Word says this document is using Helvetica 24pt Bold (on my system, it substituted Arial):
helvetica font - arial substitutedMaybe the character that is making the gray bar in Helvetica translates into a plus sign when you print or create a PDF. Regards, Joe
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The symbols cannot always be seen because the line spacing for the paragraph is set to "Exactly" 2.15 points.

Set it to Single (or anything else) and the symbols will be seen normally, and deleted if unwanted.
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by:katredrum
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Thanks! Now I can see it!
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