# Right Bracket Appears Jagged with Matrix or Over/Underscript

**ID: Q84680**

The information in this article applies to:

- Microsoft Equation Editor versions 1.0, 1.0a, 1.0b

## SUMMARY

If you are running Microsoft Equation Editor in the Microsoft Windows
operating system version 3.1, a closing bracket, brace, or parenthesis
character will be displayed incorrectly if the character follows an
underscript, overscript, or matrix template. In this situation, the
character will be displayed in a broken or jagged manner on the screen.

If you print to a Hewlett-Packard (HP) LaserJet printer or a
PostScript printer, the closing character will print correctly;
however, if you print to a dot-matrix printer, the closing character
will be broken or jagged on the printout.

## MORE INFORMATION

Inserting an argument with either an underscript or overscript
template inside a pair of parentheses (()), brackets ([]), or braces
({}) causes the closing parenthesis, bracket, or brace to appear
crooked. This appearance is consistent throughout the Equation Editor
and Word for Windows.

Note: Underscript and overscript templates are used to position one
expression or piece of text over another. Matrix templates are used to
build column vectors, matrices, and other tabular layouts.

### Steps to Reproduce Problem

1. From Microsoft Word for Windows version 2.0 (the client), start the

```
Equation Editor (the server) by choosing Object from the Insert menu.
Select Equation and choose the OK button.
```

2. From the Fence palette, choose the Brackets template (the second
```
choice in the first row).
```

3. With the insertion point inside the brackets, choose the 2-by-2
```
matrix from the Matrix palette (the third choice in the first row).
Note: The closing bracket appears broken, as if the lines composing it
do not fit together correctly.
```

4. From the File menu, choose Exit and Return to Document. Choose the
```
Yes button when prompted to save the equation.
```

Microsoft is researching this problem and will post new information
here as it becomes available.

## REFERENCES

"Microsoft Equation Editor User's Guide," version 1.0, pages 20-21,
54-56, 57-58, 60-61

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Additional reference words: 1.00 2.0 2.0a 2.00 2.00a ole applet eq ed
2.0b 2.0a-CD 2.00b 2.00a-CD 1.00 1.00a 1.00b not wysiwyg right-hand

Last Reviewed: September 10, 1996