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Article ID: 171264

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Word 95 Standard Edition, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
  • Microsoft Word 95a, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q171264


When you create an equation field, the top part of the field result may be cut off when viewing the equation on the screen or when printing it.

For example, when you type in the following equation field

{EQ \i \in \su(1,5,x)}

and then turn the field codes off to display the field result, the top of the summation character may be cut off.

NOTE: This problem does not occur when running Word 7.0 or 97 under Windows 95.


This problem occurs when you use Microsoft Word 7.0 or 97 and print using the Hewlett Packard LaserJet 4 printer driver version 3.37 for Windows NT 4.0.


To work around this problem, use any of the following workarounds.

Method 1: Change the Line Spacing

  1. Select the paragraph containing the equation field that is cut off.
  2. On the Format menu, click Paragraph.
  3. On the Indents and Spacing tab, change Line spacing to Exactly, and then change the At box to a height that will allow the top of the equation to be displayed fully.

NOTE: The greater the At spacing, the farther the equation will be moved down. This effect may cause more white space between the equation and the preceding line of text. If you have any additional text on the same line as the equation, the text will also be moved down.

Method 2: Use Equation Editor

Instead of using the equation field to create the equation, use the Equation Editor.


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.


For more information about using Equation Editor, click the Office Assistant, type Equation Editor, click Search, and then click "Insert an equation."

For more information about "EQ fields," click the Office Assistant, type EQ field, click Search, and then click "Field Codes: EQ (Equation) 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

Additional query words: 8.0 cutoff missing chopped cropped

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