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WD97: Symbol Dialog Different from Previous Versions

Article ID: 160070

Article Last Modified on 1/19/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q160070


This article describes how the Symbol dialog box in Microsoft Word 97 is different from the Symbol dialog box in previous versions of Word.


Microsoft Word 97 supports the Unicode character set. As a result of this new functionality, the Symbol dialog box in Word 97 has the following characteristics:

  • International fonts do not appear in the Font list in Word. The international font sets previously available included the following:

    Arial CE
    Arial Cyr
    Arial Greek
    Courier New CE
    Courier New Cyr
    Courier Greek
    Times New Roman CE
    Times New Roman Cyr
    Times New Roman Greek

    Although these fonts are installed on your computer, Word does not make them available for use.

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

    159341 Word 97: International Fonts Don't Appear in Font List

  • Fonts are separated into different subsets. The subset list is unavailable if the currently selected font does not contain subcategories.

    NOTE: Symbol fonts do not contain subcategories.

    Subsets that may be available include the following:

    Alphabetic Presentation Forms
    Basic Greek
    Basic Latin
    Block Elements
    Box Drawing
    Currency Symbols
    General Punctuation
    Geometric Shapes
    Latin Extended Additional
    Latin Extended-A
    Latin Extended-B
    Letterlike Symbols
    Mathematical Operators
    Miscellaneous Dingbats
    Miscellaneous Technical
    Number Forms
    Private Use Area
    Spacing Modifier Letters
    Superscripts and Subscripts

    NOTE: The Symbol character map expands based on the font selected. You can scroll through the list of displayed characters or by selecting a subset. When you do this, the selection will jump to the start of the subset.

    To make the Subset list available, do the following:

    1. On the Insert menu, click Symbol.
    2. In the Symbol dialog box, select (normal text) in the Font list.

      The Subset list appears to the right of the Font list.

For more information about unicode, visit the Unicode Web site at:

Keywords: KB160070