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Enable Wide Text Printing in Microsoft Word (All Windows)

When you print a document that contains extended characters, such as Greek symbols, to certain printers that do not support Unicode characters, the extended characters may be printed as square boxes. This tweak should resolve the problem on most printers.

This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager.
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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new String value, or modify the existing value, called "NoWideTextPrinting" and set it according to the value data below.

Exit your registry; you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Note: Due to the method required the printing quality may be lower than when using direct Unicode support.

Registry Editor Example
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\[office version]...|
Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\[office version]\Word\
Value Name: NoWideTextPrinting
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
Value Data: (0 = default, 1 = enabled)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: November 28, 2002