Microsoft KB Archive/104934
WD: Comparison of WinWord 2.0 and 6.0 Operating Limitations
The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b, 2.0c, 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c
This article lists the operating limits for Word version 6.0 for Windows and, where applicable, compares them with those for Word version 2.x for Windows. ?? indicates that the information is unavailable.
Feature Word 6.0 Word 2.x ------- -------- -------- Number of open windows Limited only 9 by memory Maximum number of paths 200 200 in Find File Maximum file size 32 megabytes (MB) 16 MB Color palette size 256 colors 16 colors Maximum characters per line 768 256 Maximum number of bookmarks 16,379 450 Maximum number of fields in a document 32,000 2000 Maximum number of characters 255 n/a in a field of mail merge Data Form Maximum number of nested fields 20 20 Number of tabs set in a paragraph 50 50 Number of icon buttons included 245 Maximum number of characters in Fillin fields 255 ?? Length of Recently Used File list (MRU) 9 4 List of Recently Used Fonts (Font MRU list) 9 n/a Cache Size 512K 64K Bitmap Cache (bitmapmemory WINWORD6.INI setting) default is 1 MB default is 256K* * In Word 2.x, the bitmapmemory setting is stored in the WIN.INI file. AutoText (glossary) entries 150 150 (more, based in template or global template on available memory) Maximum Number of Table Columns 31 31
Number of fonts 32,000* 256 Maximum font size 1637 points 128 points (22 inches) Maximum condensed character spacing 1637 points 1.75 points Maximum expanded character spacing 1637 points 14 points Maximum Super/Subscript 1637 points 63.5 points * This is the number of fonts Word will accept however the WIN.INI contains the list of these fonts and is limited to 64k. This effectively limits the number of fonts in Word to about 1500. Large font lists will also affect the operating speed of Windows.
Maximum number of styles 4093 220 Maximum length of style name 256 characters 24 characters
Maximum number of columns 45 100 Minimum column width .5 inch limited by default tab setting
Maximum section number Word can display in status bar 999 (3 digits) n/a
Maximum size of macro larger than 64K 64K Maximum number of global macros 150 150 Maximum number of nesting levels in macros 150 16 Maximum length for a macro name 80 characters 80 characters Maximum length of string variables 65,280 Maximum length for a variable name 80 characters 39 characters Maximum number of arguments that can be passed to a subroutine 20 20 Highest number 1.7976931348623 x 10308 Maximum number of controls in a Custom Dialog Box 255
Maximum number user dictionaries 10 4 Maximum custom dictionary size 366,590 bytes 10,000 words Main dictionary 106,000 104,000 (U.S. English) words words Thesaurus 44,000 24,000 (U.S. English) key words key words Thesaurus 458,000 200,000 (U.S. English) synonyms synonyms
Maximum number of sorting criteria 3 1 Date formats recognized any limited
FOOTNOTES AND ENDNOTES
Footnotes and endnotes in same document yes no
Note: In Word 6.0, the Symbol command on the Insert menu inserts an actual symbol character, whereas Word 2.x inserts a SYMBOL field. By using the symbol character, the display time in Word 6.0 is shorter, and you can insert many symbols on a line without drastically slowing the operation of your computer.
PICTURES AND OBJECTS
Maximum number of colors 256 16 Maximum size of picture limited to limited by Windows 16 MB system configuration
Note: OLE objects in Word 6.0 use approximately one-third less disk space than in Word 2.x, so file sizes are smaller.
TOC AND INDEX
Maximum length of entry unlimited 256 characters Uses document character formatting in TOC or index yes no Page numbers based on printed output instead of current view yes no Number of repaginations needed to generate TOC 1 2 Uses symbols and pictures as entries yes no
Number of items in Drop Down FORM field list 25 n/a
OBJECT LINKING AND EMBEDDING (OLE)
Supports OLE version 2.0 yes no Ole Links/Objects 564 ??
For information on the operating limitations for Word for Windows 95, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Q142339 WD95: Operating Parameter Limitations and Specifications
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Last Reviewed: November 4, 2000