Microsoft KB Archive/194388

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WD98: Text Changed to Unreadable or Incorrect Characters

Article ID: 194388

Article Last Modified on 5/14/2007


  • Microsoft Word 98 for Macintosh

This article was previously published under Q194388


When you edit text in your document, the text may be changed into unreadable or incorrect characters. For example the text may be changed into characters such as the lowercase umlaut "Y" (the ASCII character 255).

This problem occurs when the following conditions are true:

  • You are editing a long document.
  • The document contains multiple floating images.
  • The Allow Fast Saves check box is selected on the Save tab of the Preferences dialog box (on the Tools menu, click Preferences).


To correct this problem, obtain the Office 98 Update for Mac OS 8.5. For more information about the Office 98 Update for Mac OS 8.5, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

194430 OFF98: How to Obtain and Install Office 98 Update for Mac OS 8.5

To temporarily work around this problem, follow these steps:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Preferences, and click the Save tab.
  2. Click to clear the Allow Fast Saves and Save AutoRecover Info Every check boxes.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Word 98 Macintosh Edition. This problem has been corrected in the Office 98 Update for Mac OS 8.5.

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