WD98: Word Compatibility Options Described

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This article describes the Compatibility Options that are available in Microsoft Word 98 Macintosh Edition.

NOTE: To change the Compatibility Options, on the Tools menu, click Preferences, and then click the Compatibility tab.


Font Substitution

Displays fonts used in the active document that are not available on your system by using fonts that are available on your system.

Recommended Options For

Selects the word-processing program you want to set options for. Selected options affect only the display of the document while you work with it in Word. The document is not changed permanently.


Selects the options you want to appear in the active document. Selected options affect only the display of the document while you work with it in Word. The document is not changed permanently.
   Option                             Option Description

   Combine table borders              If a table contains two contiguous
   like Word 5.x for                  cells whose border is formatted
   the Macintosh                      differently, the left-most cell is
                                      displayed with the border width of
                                      the right-most cell.

   Do full justification              To achieve full justification,
   like WordPerfect 6.x               WordPerfect compresses the spaces
   for Windows                        between words while Word expands
                                      them. This often results in different
                                      line breaks and leads to different
                                      page breaks. To implement the
                                      WordPerfect justification method,
                                      select "Do full justification like
                                      WordPerfect 6.x for Windows" in the
                                      Options list.

   Don't add automatic tab            Ignores the automatic tab stop that
   stop for hanging indent            Word 6.0 uses when creating a hanging

   Don't add extra space              Prevents Word from inserting
   for raised/lowered                 additional space between lines to
   characters                         accommodate raised or lowered

   Don't add leading                  Displays text without leading between
   (extra space) between              the lines. This is the same
   rows of text                       functionality that exists in Word
                                      versions 5.x for the Macintosh.

   Don't add space for                Word doesn't add extra space for
   underlines                         underlines.

   Don't balance columns              Prevents Word from balancing
   for Continuous section             columns at the end of a section or
   starts                             document.

   Don't balance SBCS                 Not used in U.S. English Word.
   characters and DBCS

   Don't blank the area               Prevents Word from obscuring any text
   behind pictures                    or graphics surrounding an inserted
                                      metafile. Selecting this option
                                      decreases editing speed.

   Don't center "exact                Changes the vertical position of text
   line height" lines                 between the top of the line space and
                                      the bottom of the line space.
                                      With the option off, any extra space
                                      is split between the ascender and
                                      descender. With the option on, all
                                      the extra space goes to the

   Don't convert                      Not used in U.S. English Word.
   backslash characters
   into yen signs

   Don't draw underline               Not used in U.S. English Word.
   on trailing spaces

   Expand character                   Justifies the line ending with
   spaces on the line                 SHIFT+ENTER when the paragraph
   ending SHIFT-RETURN                is formatted as justified.

   Expand/condense by                 Rounds the measurement of the
   whole number of points             spacing for characters with
                                      condensed or expanded spacing to
                                      the nearest whole number.

   Lines wrap like Word 6.0           Not used in U.S. English Word.

   Print body text before             Prints the main text layer before the
   header/footer                      Header/Footer layer, which allows for
                                      the process of PostScript codes in
                                      the text layer the same way Word 5.x
                                      for the Macintosh does. (This
                                      functionality is the reverse of the
                                      default order.)

   Print colors as black              Prints all colors as black, instead
   on noncolor printers               of using grayscale (different shades
                                      of gray) when you use a printer that
                                      does not print color.

   Set the width of a                 WordPerfect calculates the width of a
   space like WordPerfect 5.x         space in a proportional font
                                      differently than Word does. In the
                                      WordPerfect interface, this default
                                      word spacing is named WordPerfect
                                      Optimal. The Word 97 text converters
                                      can use the WordPerfect formula for

   Show hard page or                  If a frame contains a manual, or hard
   column breaks in frames            page break or column break, Word
                                      displays it.

   Substitute fonts based             Option used by the WordPerfect 6.x
   on font size                       converter to make a font request
                                      based on font size first, and if a
                                      match is not found, to actually map
                                      the font.

   Suppress extra line                WordPerfect suppresses any extra line
   spacing at bottom                  spacing from the last line on a page.
   of page                            For example, if line spacing is set
                                      to double, the final line on the page
                                      does not show White space below it.
                                      To implement the line-spacing
                                      feature, select "Suppress extra line
                                      spacing at bottom of page" in the
                                      Options list.

   Suppress extra line                Prevents Word from adding extra line
   spacing at top of page             spacing at the top of a page. If the
                                      line spacing for the line at the top
                                      of a page is set for more than single
                                      spacing, Word ignores the extra
                                      spacing so that the top margin will
                                      not increase.

   Suppress extra line                Prevents Word from adding extra line
   spacing at the top of              spacing at the top of a page. If the
   page like Word 5.x                 line spacing for the line at the top
   for the Macintosh                  of a page is set for more than single
                                      line spacing, Word ignores the extra
                                      spacing so that the top margin will
                                      not increase.

   Suppress extra line                This ensures that the layout of
   spacing like WordPerfect           converted WordPerfect documents
   5.x                                formatted with Automatic line height
                                      closely matches that of the original

   Suppress Space Before              Word suppresses the space in a
   after a hard page or               paragraph formatted with the Space
   column break                       Before option that follows a hard
                                      page break or column break.

   Swap left and right                If a paragraph has a left border
   borders on odd facing              (not a box) and the "Different
   pages                              Odd/Even Headers" or "Mirror Margins"
                                      check box is selected, Word prints
                                      the border on the right on odd
                                      numbered pages.

   Treat \" as " " in                 In a data source, converts a
   mail merge data sources            delimiter composed of a backslash and
                                      quotation mark (\") to two quotation
                                      marks (" "), so that Word can
                                      recognize quotation marks.

   Truncate font height               Word rounds the font size up or down
                                      as in WordPerfect 6.x for Windows.

   Use larger small caps              Applies small caps formatting in Word
   like Word 5.x for the              version 6.0 for the Macintosh the
   Macintosh                          same way as Word version 5.x for the
                                      Macintosh, which produces slightly
                                      larger smaller capital letters.

   Use printer metrics                If this option is enabled, Word will
   to lay out document                use the information from the printer
                                      driver that is installed as in some
                                      earlier versions of Word.

                                      If this option is disabled (default),
                                      Word will use build-in metrics to lay
                                      out the document. This means your
                                      document will look the same no matter
                                      what printer driver is installed.

   Use Word 6.x/95 Border             Word suppresses paragraph borders
   Rules                              when paragraph is intersected by
                                      frames or wrapped drawing objects.

   Wrap Trailing Spaces               Automatically moves any spaces that
   To Next Line                       trail into the margin after a word at
                                      the end of a line to the beginning of
                                      the next line.


Saves the compatibility options you selected as the new default in the active template. Word will display every new document based on the active template with the new compatibility options you select.


Article ID: 192635 - Last Review: October 10, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
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