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Microsoft KB Archive/106241

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Article ID: 106241

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Word 6.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 6.0a
  • Microsoft Word 6.0c
  • Microsoft Word 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 95a
  • Microsoft Word 6.0 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Word 6.01 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Word 6.01 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Word 98 for Macintosh

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Microsoft Word cannot display all aspects of true WYSIWYG ("what you see is what you get") all the time, because the screen resolution is much lower than the printer resolution. Words may appear compressed in certain views due to the difference in resolution.

NOTE: This is a display problem only. The text is printed correctly.


Word 6.x and Later

Positions of words on the page and line lengths are exactly preserved in Microsoft Word.

In addition, Word does smooth letter spacing rather than strictly positioning every character according to its exact position on the printer.

Word 2.x

Word 2.x for Windows spaces the text appropriately, but line breaks and word position are not accurately represented on the screen. In certain views, text appears to flow outside of the right margin. This occurs because Word 2.x prioritizes the character spacing over word position and line length.


"Microsoft Word User's Guide," version 6.0, Chapter 23, "Printing," "Printing a Draft of a Document," "WYSIWYG in Word for Windows"

Additional query words: scrunched truncated truncate garbled fixed width preportional

Keywords: kbprb KB106241