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Microsoft KB Archive/101837

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Text Color in Graphics Mode Is Not Bright White

PSS ID Number: Q101837 Article last modified on 11-03-1994

====================================================================== 6.00 MS-DOS kbother

The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Word for MS-DOS, version 6.0


In graphics mode in Word 6.0 for MS-DOS, text color (instead of being bright white) is gray or low white on a color display adapter such as VGA or EGA.

In previous versions of Word, text color in graphics mode is high (bright) white. By contrast, on monochrome or 2-color displays, the text color in graphics mode is still bright white, as in previous versions of Word.


  • Select a different window background color that provides greater contrast with the low white text color. To change colors, choose Preferences from the View menu and then choose the Colors button.


  • Use the Cool_Colors.mac macro, supplied with Word in the MACRO.GLY file, to change the screen color settings to black text and white window background.


  • If you have a VGA or EGA video display, text appears in bright white in graphics mode if you switch to the Monochrome Color Set setting in the View Preferences Colors dialog box. The drawback to this workaround is that Word runs in only two colors on a system that is capable of more colors.


  • Modify the Word program file (WORD.EXE) using the BYTEFIX utility so Word automatically displays text color in graphics mode as bright white. To use BYTEFIX, follow the instructions in the following section or obtain the Application Note “DW0892: Switching to Bright White Text Color in Graphics Mode,” which contains an MS-DOS batch file that performs this procedure for you. For more information on how to obtain this Application Note, query on the word DW0892 in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.

Using the BYTEFIX Utility to Modify WORD.EXE

The following procedure uses the BYTEFIX utility to modify WORD.EXE so Word automatically displays text color in graphics mode as bright white:

  1. Copy the following files file from the Word Setup disk to the Word program directory on your hard disk (for example, C:6DOS).

    Note: If you are using the 360K disk set, WDBF.EX$ is on the Program 1 disk.


  2. At the MS-DOS command prompt, change to the Word program directory by typing the following and then pressing ENTER

    cd <destination>

    where <destination> is the path to your Word program directory. For example, if your Word program directory is C:6DOS, type the following command:

    cd 6dos

  3. To decompress the Word BYTEFIX utility, type the following at the MS-DOS command prompt and then press ENTER:


  4. To run the BYTEFIX utility, type the following commands at the MS-DOS command prompt. Press ENTER after each line.

    WDBF WORD.EXE 880 10 “38 55” WDBF WORD.EXE 4104 145 “61 249 198 195” WDBF WORD.EXE 72333 64 “0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0” WDBF WORD.EXE 190914 196 “113 108” WDBF WORD.EXE 559908 67 “0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0” WDBF WORD.EXE 998037 118 “165 147”

The WORD.EXE file is now patched so the text color in graphics mode is bright white.


“Using Microsoft Word,” version 6.0, pages 58-59, 84, 91-92

KBCategory: kbother kbhw KBSubcategory: Additional reference words: 6.00 appnote update upgrade fix ====================================================================== ============================================================================= Copyright Microsoft Corporation 1994.