Microsoft KB Archive/166942

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Article ID: 166942

Article Last Modified on 1/19/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q166942


When you create a document in Word 97 containing text formatted for bullets or numbering, when you open the document in Word 6.0 or Word 7.0 (95), the "Distance from text" for the bulleted or numbered text has changed from the original distance from text created in Word 97.

For example, the following bulleted list

   * Line one
     * Line two
       * Line three

will result with an increased bullet-to-text indent when the file is opened in Word 6.0 or Word 7.0 as follows:

   * Line one.
     *       Line two
       *             Line three

NOTE: This problem occurs regardless of whether you save the document as Word 6.0/95 or if you open the Word 97 document in either Word 6.0 or Word 7.0.


The bulleted or numbered text has been formatted using any of the List Bullet or List Number styles.


Instead of using the List Bullet or List Number styles, format your text using the bullets and numbering commands (on the Format menu or the Formatting toolbar). Then, apply indentation using the Increase Indent or Decrease Indent toolbar buttons.


In order to open a Word 97 document in an earlier version of Word (6.x and 7.x), you must use a converter.

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

162214 WD: How to Obtain the Word 97 Converter

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