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Microsoft KB Archive/172918

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Article ID: 172918

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q172918


When you open a Microsoft Word 6.x or 7.x document in Word 97, dot or dash borders on inline (non-floating) objects are lost.

NOTE: This problem does not occur with borders on floating objects.

Inline objects include paragraphs, tables, frames, and inline pictures.

Floating objects include drawing objects and text boxes.


To resolve the problem described in this article, obtain and install the latest Microsoft Word 97 update from the following Microsoft Web site:

IMPORTANT NOTE: Microsoft Word 97 post-service release fixes are cumulative. The latest update contains all of the fixes since Service Release 2. If you install the latest update for Word 97, you do not need to install any other updates after Service Release 2.

For additional information about the fixes included in the latest update for Word 97, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

265374 WD97: Post Service Release Fixes for Word 97


After opening the document in Word 97, reapply the dot or dash border. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Select the text or table you want to apply the dot or dash border to.
  2. On the Format menu, click Borders and Shading.
  3. On the Borders tab, under Setting, click to select the type of border you want. Under Style, click to select either the dot or dash style, and then click OK.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


For more information about floating and inline objects, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

ARTICLE ID: 167738
TITLE : WD97: Can't See or Manipulate Objects (and Other Odd Behavior)

For more information about applying a border, click the Office Assistant, type "How do I border text?" (without the quotation marks), click Search, and then click to view the "Add a border" topic.

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

ARTICLE-ID: 120802
TITLE : Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component

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