WD: MacWord 4.0 Font Names Convert to Numbers in Word 6.0

ID: q123054

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When you open a Microsoft Word 4.0 for the Macintosh document in Word for Windows version 6.0 and later, or Word 6.0 for the Macintosh, font names appear in as "Fontxxxx" where "xxxx" is a number. For example, Arial from a

Word 4.0 for the Macintosh document might appear in Word 6.0 as:



Word 4.0 for the Macintosh retain fonts based on their Macintosh Font ID numbers. The Font ID for the same font may differ on different Macintosh systems. For example, Chicago may be font 3 on one Macintosh system and font 16 on another. This may occur because the Macintosh system changes a font's ID number if another font already uses that number.

Therefore, the following behavior occurs when you open a Word 4.0 for the Macintosh document into Word versions 6.0 and later:


To replace text formatted in "fontxxxx" with the actual font name, following conversion, use the Replace command in Word. To replace the incorrect font name with the proper font name, follow these steps:

 1.  Determine the appropriate font to replace each of the incorrect font 

 2.  On the Edit menu, click Replace.

 3.  In Word 97 only, if the Format button is not displayed click More.

 4.  Place the cursor in the Find What box.

 5.  Click the Format drop down menu and then click Font.

 6.  Once the Font dialog box appears, type the incorrect font (for 
     example, "Font2001" [without the quotation marks]) in the font name 
     box, making sure it is spelled identically to the way it appears in 
     the Font drop-down menu.

 7.  Click OK. The incorrect font name should appear below the Find What 

 8.  Place the cursor in the Replace With box.

 9.  Click the Format drop down menu and click Font.

10. Select the font you want to replace the incorrect font and then click

11. Click Replace All.

12. Repeat steps 2-11 for each font that is incorrect.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Word 6.0 for the Macintosh. This problem was corrected in Word version 6.0.1 for the Macintosh.

Additional query words: textconv font number numbered

Keywords          : kbinterop macword word6 kbFont 
Version           : MACINTOSH: 6.0, 6 .0.1; WINDOWS: 6.0a, 6.0c, 7.0, 7.0a, 97
Platform          : MACINTOSH WINDOWS
Issue type        : kbbug
Solution Type     : kbfix

Last Reviewed: November 11, 1998