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TechNote #18: Last modified: 10/20/99
Last reviewed: 10/20/99

TrueType Fonts Not Installed by Microsoft Word 2.0x for Windows

The information in this document applies to:

Microsoft Equation 1.0 (Win)

Windows 3.1


Running Equation Editor, after installing it from Word 2.0x under Windows 3.1, sometimes results in messages stating that “Fences” and “MT Extra” fonts are not available on your default printer. This is because the Word 2.0x installation does not install TrueType fonts properly. Currently the following work-around will solve the problem for Word 2.0x users.

  1. If you have not done so already, reinstall Equation Editor under Windows 3.1. Run “Word Setup” and choose “Custom Installation”. Unselect all items except “Draw, Graph, Equation Editor, WordArt”. Click on the “Tools” button. Unselect all items except Equation Editor. Click on “OK”, then “Setup.”
  2. Open the Windows Control Panel and then double click on “Fonts.”
  3. Remove “Fences (TrueType)” and “MT Extra (TrueType)” making sure that “Delete font file from disk” is NOT checked.
  4. Click on “Add...” and move to the WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory. A list of fonts will be displayed.
  5. Hold the CTRL key while clicking on “Fences Plain (TrueType)” and “MT Extra Plain (TrueType)”.
  6. Now click OK. The Control Panel will properly install the fonts. You may now close the Control Panel, and exit and restart Windows.

Issues regarding Windows 3.1

Unfortunately, the “Symbol” bitmap screen fonts that Microsoft supplies with Windows 3.1 do not match the TrueType “Symbol” font. In the “Symbol” bitmap screen font the lower-case Greek letters are italic, and the upper-case are plain. To avoid confusion, it is best to remove any “Symbol 8,10,12,14,18,24 (<resolution>)” entries from the ‘fonts’ section of the control panel (you may have more than one for different screen resolutions). The TrueType “Symbol” font will now be used for all point sizes and lower-case Greek will be properly rendered and printed.

Note to PostScript printer users: Due to current limitations of Microsoft’s PostScript driver (version 3.5), italicized and bold characters from the “Symbol” font will print only as plain “Symbol”.

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