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help my word equation editor seems corrupt

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by msuser, Oct 7, 2008.

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  1. msuser

    msuser Thread Starter

    Oct 7, 2008

    New here. For some reason, whenever I try to use the equation editor in word, it works for the equation symbol box symbols, but when I try to add basic signs like = or -, it inserts blank boxes (reads documents the same way). BTW I click on the symbol editor symbols to insert the symbols, then use my keyboard for the basic signs like =.


    Oddly the * and / signs are ok. I tried to reinstall the app from the control panel and still have the same problem. Does anyone have any idea what's going on here?? Thanks so much.

    OS XP
    WORD 2003 SP3
    Microsoft equation 3.0
  2. msuser

    msuser Thread Starter

    Oct 7, 2008

    I found out that my working computer has a font called symbol installed, that the equation editor uses.
    My faulty version only has bookshelf symbol. I looked in the windows/fonts directory and it is not there either.
    Any help on how to get the symbol fonts? Even though I can't find a font explicitly called symbol, the insert symbol function
    does work properly. It is however, set to normal text.

    I looked at the symbol font list on my other computer and it does not include = signs either, just some greek symbols.
    Still confused.

    I used the repair reinstall office disk and the problem still exists!
    It works fine on my other computer.

    I may have played with the font styles sometime before.:confused:
    Does anyone have a photo of what the default styles should look like?

    I also have programs like mathematica and mathcad installed.
    There should be some way to compare correct font lists somewhere.
    This is really annoying as the blank boxes render the program useless.

    One other point is that I was going to reinstall word (from office disk), but when you get to the
    menu option, it only gives you the choice to "uninstall non selected applications."

    I don't want to uninstall the other apps, just replace word.
    Do they literally mean the only choice is override or uninstall other applications?
    Does anyone suggest just reinstalling the entire program office?
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