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WD97: Text Not Visible, Even When Selected

Article ID: 170686

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q170686


Text in a document is not discernible from the background even when the text is selected (highlighted). When the text is selected, you see large blocks of highlighted text, but you are unable to see the text.


This behavior occurs when the text is formatted with the same color as the page background color.


In order to view the text in the document, the text color must differ from the page background color. To change the text color, follow these steps:

  1. Select the text.
  2. On the Format menu, click Font or Character (depending on your version of Word).
  3. Change the font color to Auto or to any color other than the current page background color.

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