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Microsoft KB Archive/106650

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Contents of Word Assistant READ.ME file

Article ID: Q106650

The information in this article applies to:

  • Word Assistant version 1.0
  • Microsoft Word for Windows, version 6.0
  • Microsoft Windows operating system version 3.1


Below are the contents of the Word Assistant WAREADME.TXT file. This file is installed into the Word 6.0 for Windows program directory. This file is located in the Install Disk 1 and is not compressed.

                          Release Notes for
          Microsoft Word Assistant for Windows Version 1.0

This document contains information that supplements the Word Assistant online documentation. If you open this document in Notepad, the text will print with correct line breaks if you first set both the left and right margins to .5 inch.


1. Tips and Known Problems for Word Assistant Components

2. Tips for Users

3. Manually Decompressing the Files

4. Tips for Network Administrators

Tips and Known Problems for Word Assistant Components

Templates: Tips

  • If you customize the look of a Word Assistant template by changing the point size of a predefined style, adjust line spacing to match the new point size or select "single" to let Word set line spacing automatically. If you don't adjust line spacing, both the insertion point and the affected text will look clipped (if you increased point size) or widely spaced (if you decreased point size).
  • When you insert a clip-art image in a Word Assistant template, apply the "Picture" style to it, or choose the Paragraph command from the Format menu to set the picture's line spacing to "single." Either approach will make the image display correctly.

Forms: Known Problems

  • Changing the International Windows settings in Control Panel does not automatically change the settings in Word forms. You must unprotect the form, change the format of the field, then reprotect the form.
  • Tabbing through a field that contains a negative number disrupts the formatting. As a result, Word won't recognize the field as a valid numeric entry and won't add the number into totals. To correct this, you will have to manually adjust the formatting of the field.

Font Selector: Tips

  • Font Selector builds its database file, FONTTOOL.DBF, when you install Word Assistant. If the file becomes corrupted or is accidentally deleted, follow these steps to rebuild it: 1) exit Word, 2) delete FONTTOOL.DBF from your Windows directory, and 3) restart Word. The next time you start Font Selector, it will automatically rebuild its database.
  • You can customize Font Selector by changing its initialization file, FONTSEL.INI:

        - To put the Font Selector button on the Standard toolbar, add
          the following lines after the [Settings] section:
          After making this adjustment, exit Word and restart it to
          see the changes take effect.
        - You also can customize the point size of fonts displayed in
          the As Font and Normal views by changing these values in the
          [Settings] section:
           - To set the size of fonts displayed in As Font view, type
             "AsFontSize=18". (Note: some video drivers limit AsFontSize
             to 16 points.)
           - To set the size of fonts displayed in Normal view, type
          In these examples, substitute the point sizes you want for
          "18" and "10." For these settings to take effect, you must
          exit Word,delete FONTTOOL.DBF, then restart Word.
  • If you want to assign Font Selector to a toolbar button, menu, or shortcut key, create a macro that looks like the following:

          Sub MAIN
          End Sub
       Then assign the macro to the button, menu, or key using the
       procedures in the Word Help topic, "Customizing and Optimizing
  • If you are running Adobe Type Manager(r) (ATM), you can stop Font Selector from rebuilding its database every time you start it. Just remove all ATM fonts whose names match exactly the names of TrueType fonts installed on your system.

Font Selector: Known Problems

  • If you change button sizes in Word, the changes won't take effect until you exit, and then restart Font Selector.

Special Paper: Tips

  • If you want to assign Special Paper to a toolbar button, menu, or shortcut key, create a macro that looks like the following:

          Sub MAIN
          End Sub
       Then assign the macro to the button, menu, or key using the
       procedures in the Word Help topic, "Customizing and Optimizing
  • If you insert a Special Paper design into a template, copy the FilePrint and FilePrintDefault macros from file SPECPPR.DOT to your template. To do this, choose the Macros command from the Tools menu, and then choose the Organizer button. For details on using the Organizer, see the Word Help topic, "Copying Styles from a Document or Template."

Special Paper: Known Problems

  • If you insert a Special Paper design before Word creates NORMAL.DOT (that is, the very first time you run Word), you will see this error: "C:\<WinWord path>\ does not exist," where <WinWord path> is the location of WINWORD.EXE. Special Paper's macros won't be copied to the Special Paper template and Special Paper won't work properly. To force Word to create NORMAL.DOT, exit and restart Word.
  • With some display drivers, Special Paper may cause Word to freeze after you insert a Special Paper design in page layout view with the zoom level set to 50% or greater. To prevent a freeze, modify the WINWORD6.INI file by setting BITMAPMEMORY=0 (for details on this setting, see the Special Paper online Help topic, "Drawing Special Paper Designs Faster").
  • Double-clicking the Special Paper design can affect functionality. You won't lose text, but Special Paper might not give you the option of printing a proof copy. To restore this option, choose Close Picture on the Picture toolbar, delete the design, and then reinsert it.
  • The file SPECPPR.DOT must reside in the SPCLPPR subdirectory of Word. If you move SPECPPR.DOT to a different directory, selecting a Special Paper design will give this error: "Word Error=1084."

Setup: Tips

  • You cannot launch any of Word Assistant's .WLL files from MS-DOS using Word's /l startup switch.

Setup: Known Problems

  • If you select the Custom/Complete option and specify a directory for Font Assistant, you may see this warning message: "Setup has detected an older version of Microsoft Word Assistant in the destination directory." Ignore this warning. The Setup program will install Font Assistant in the directory you specified.
  • If Setup incorrectly reports that Word version 6 is not installed, exit Setup, and then add the following statement to the [Microsoft Word] section of WINWORD6.INI: PROGRAMDIR=<WinWord path>. Here, <WinWord path> is the location of WINWORD.EXE. Then run the Setup program again.
  • If you've changed the Startup directory listed on the File Locations tab when you choose the Options command from the Tools menu (and in the STARTUP-PATH variable in WINWORD6.INI), Word Assistant will not install its .WLL files correctly. To resolve this, set Startup to <WinWord path>\STARTUP where <WinWord path> is the location of WINWORD.EXE. Next, run the Setup program again, and choose Remove All. Finally, run the Setup program one more time to install Word Assistant correctly.

Tips for Users

If your system has many fonts

  • If your system has many installed fonts, fonts may begin to appear in the Arial typeface. This substitution probably indicates a lack of Windows GDI resource. To eliminate the substitution, use Font Assistant to deactivate fonts you are not using or use Control Panel to remove unused fonts.

If you're using the new Microsoft Mouse

  • If you're using the new, ergonomic Microsoft Mouse, be sure to upgrade to version 9.01 of the Mouse software.

Manually Decompressing the Files

  • All files on the Word Assistant disks are compressed. The Setup program will decompress the files during installation. You can, however, decompress them manually using the DECOMP.EXE program that comes on Disk 1. DECOMP.EXE can decompress all Word Assistant files except those used only by the Setup program itself.

    To use DECOMP.EXE, insert Disk 1 into drive A (or B), and then copy DECOMP.EXE to c:\. Remove Disk 1, and then insert the disk containing the file you want to decompress. Next, at a DOS prompt, type the following:

          c:\DECOMP a:\filename.ex_ c:\dir_name\filename.ext

    Here filename.ex_ is the name of the file you want to decompress, and c:\dir_name\filename.ext is the full name of the decompressed file on your hard disk.

Tips for Network Administrators

Creating a Network Setup

  • Create a directory (for example, WA10) from which to install Word Assistant. Within that directory, create a DISK1 directory and a DISK2 directory, and then copy the contents of Disk 1 and Disk 2 into their respective directories. Tell the users to run the Setup program from the DISK1 directory. Every user must either have a legal copy of Word Assistant or must be covered by a site license for it.

Installing to Windows on a Network

  • When running the Word Assistant Setup program, set the Windows system directory to read/write so the Setup program installs the .TTF and .FIF files correctly. If the directory is set to read-only, the Setup program will fail.

Installing to Word on a Network

  • The Word Assistant Setup program will install all components properly except for the .WLL files: BANNER.WLL, FONTTOOL.WLL, SPCLPPR.WLL, and WASSTHLP.WLL. Users must manually copy the .WLL files to their local Word startup directories before starting Word Assistant.

Additional Copyright Information

Adobe Type Manager is a registered trademark of Adobe Systems, Inc.

KBCategory: kbreadme KBSubCategory: Additional query words: 6.0 readme word6 winword

Keywords          : kbreadme
Version           : 6.0
Platform          : WINDOWS

Last Reviewed: October 15, 1997
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