Microsoft KB Archive/100956

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Underline Thickens on Some Bold TrueType Fonts PSS ID Number: Q100956 Article last modified on 01-19-1994

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The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b, 2.0c - Microsoft Windows operating system version 3.1


If you apply underline character formatting to bold TrueType text, the underline may print bold, or thicker than it prints on non-bold TrueType text. For example, if you type a line of Times New Roman or Arial text, apply bold character formatting to a portion of the text, and then apply underline formatting to the entire line, the underline beneath the bold text prints thicker.

Microsoft has reproduced this problem on Hewlett-Packard (HP) LaserJet Series II and III printers using the Times New Roman, Courier New and Arial TrueType fonts supplied with Windows version 3.1. The problem has not been reproduced with other TrueType fonts, and it does not occur on the HP LaserJet 4 series printers.


  • Format bold, underlined text for a printer font, such as CG Times or Univers, instead.


  • Format bold, underlined text for a TrueType font other than Times New Roman or Arial.

More Information:

The underline displays correctly in Word in print preview and in normal or page layout view. Furthermore, the problem does not occur in Word version 1.1a.

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