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I created a document in Word 2007 and saved it as a 1997-2003 document for compatibility.  In this document I created numerous small boxes (to be used as check boxes) and they appear in the document as boxes.

When I open this file on another computer on our network using Word 2007, the boxes do not appear. What appears instead is two tine vertical lines (|) one above the other.  The Word heading bar on this computer says "filename (Compatibility Mode)" the same as it shows on my computer for this file.

Is there a setting or an import feature that I need to use to get each of the boxes to appear as boxes?

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Question by:vdaigle
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by:IKtech
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open the original and save as docx file.  Then try the newly saved file on another machine.  If you are worried about compatibility, make sure the office 2003 boxes have the microsoft compatibility pack installed and office 2003 will work with docx files
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It isn't clear how you have tried to implement the 'boxes'. Can you give a fuller explanation, and/or provide a sample, please.
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by:vdaigle
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First, my machine is Win7 OS and the others are WinXP if that matters.
All machines are running MS Office 2007.
We have generally saved all work in the Word 1997-2003 compatibility mode so if we had to share a document outside the office it could be opened (doc files vice docx files).

I took the first suggestion to save it as a docx file but that threw off that formatting. On a 1-3 page document that probably isn't a bad idea but we have a 15 page document! The formatting does change and we don't have the time to edit/redo it.

Implementation: In Word 2007, we have created a list of questions and with Yes/No boxes for the client to check. Attached is a sample two pages in the Word 1997-2003 compatible format.

Thanks for any help
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My guess is that the document uses a font that is unavailabe on the other computers, how did you insert the boxes - Insert > Symbol?  What font did you use?

I noticed that you are inviting people to complete this as a form... why not use the form control check boxes?  These are available as legacy tools in Word 2007 and are originally from earlier versions of Word...
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The boxes look OK on my system (Win 7, Word 2007).

However, you could change them all to a different symbol which looks identical with this macro,
Sub ChangeBoxes()
    With ActiveDocument.Range.Find
        .Text = ChrW(61450)
        .Replacement.Text = ChrW(61680)
        .Execute Replace:=wdReplaceAll 
    End With
End Sub

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Nice job Mr Skan :-)
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Thanks Steve. I hope that it works for vdaigle
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