Microsoft KB Archive/105845

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Formula-Based Box or Line Displays Unexpectedly

PSS ID Number: Q105845 Article last modified on 02-02-1998

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The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Word for Macintosh, versions 4.0, 5.0, 5.1


A box created using Word’s formula typesetting commands does not display or print correctly. The problem occurs with a full box or with a box set so only the top and/or bottom edges appear.


The box formula does not display correctly if the boxed text in the formula contains a right-aligned tab set further than 2.5 inches to the right of the start of the formula.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Word for the Macintosh. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.


  • Change the right-aligned tab to a left-aligned tab and adjust it as needed to produce the desired appearance.


  • Use an alternate technique, such as underlines, tables, or borders, to achieve the same visual effect offered by the box formula.


“Reference to Microsoft Word,” version 4.0, pages 98-105

“Microsoft Word User’s Guide,” version 5.0/5.1, Appendix H

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