Microsoft KB Archive/169256

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Article ID: 169256

Article Last Modified on 1/19/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q169256


When you scroll through your document, some of the text may seem to disappear. Turning on field codes for viewing by pressing ALT+F9 allows you to see all of the text.


You may have an ADVANCE field in your document. To view the field, turn on field codes for viewing by pressing ALT+F9.


To work around this problem, use the following steps to remove the ADVANCE field from the document:

  1. Turn on field codes for viewing by pressing ALT+F9.
  2. On the Edit menu, click Replace.
  3. Click in the Find What box and then click More.
  4. Click the Special tab and then click Field.

The Find What box will contain the text "^d."

  1. Press the SPACEBAR once and then type "advance" (without the quotation marks).
  2. Leave the Replace With box blank.
  3. Click Find Next, and then click either Replace or Replace All.

To adjust text placement, try using the Font, Paragraph, or Tabs command (on the Format menu) instead of using the Advance field.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.


ADVANCE fields first appeared in Microsoft Word 6.0 and will most commonly appear in documents that are converted from WordPerfect to Microsoft Word. When field codes on are turned on for viewing, this field would appear as follows

{ADVANCE [Switches ]}

The ADVANCE field offsets the starting point of text that follows the ADVANCE field to the right or left, up or down, or to a specific horizontal or vertical position.

For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

118637 WD: Using the ADVANCE Field in Word

For more information about the ADVANCED Field, click the Office Assistant, type "advance field," click Search, and then click "Field codes: Advance field."

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If Word Help is not installed on your computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component

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