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  • Subject: [mg68779] Re: [mg68709] word problem
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2006 03:12:36 -0400 (EDT)
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I strongly suspect the problem that you're seeing is that the metafiles 
copied into Word are using the Mathematica fonts.  If so, then it's not an 
issue of having all of Mathematica present, but only of the fonts...or of 
removing the dependence upon those fonts.  Here are some possibilities...

* Copy as bitmap and paste (using the Copy As submenu).  Because this uses 
bitmaps, there will be no references to the fonts.  On the downside, the 
bitmap will look great on screen, but really crummy when you print the Word 

* Don't use the Mathematica fonts.  If you have typeset equations in the 
graphic, this may be hard to avoid.  But if the only things that are messed 
up are regular characters like parentheses, braces, or brackets, then you 
can work around the problem by evaluating the following...

SetOptions[$FrontEnd, PrivateFontOptions->{"OperatorSubstitution"->False}]

Then re-evaluate the affected graphics.  To restore the old behavior, do...


This can be done through the Option Inspector, as well...just search for 

* Install the Mathematica fonts on the system where the Word file is being 
viewed.  See this web page for a convenient way to download fonts...

and just drag the resulting .ttf files to the Fonts control panel.


John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

On Thu, 17 Aug 2006 04:18:15 -0400 (EDT), corrallia81 at wrote:
> Hello,
> I have a big problem.
> I have prepared a lot of graphs (more specifically plots of some
> functions I am interested in.)
> I copy and paste these graphs in a word file and everything seems okay.
> The graphs are presented in full detail how I wish.
> However, when I open the same word file from a p.c. in which is not
> installed the Mathematica, the graphs look destroyed. The situation
> becomes even worse if I try to print this file from the same p.c.
> Is it a way to fix this problem; Word to depicts normally pasted
> Mathematica graphs regardless if Mathematica is installed?
> I need this, because my professor wants this word file to write some
> notes for a presentation/publication and after to convert to pdf and
> PowerPoint. And he does not want to installed in his p.c. Mathematica
> or MathReader. I try to persuade him that we can send a copy of
> MathReader to the editors of the journal but he denies. He just wants a
> normal word file with the plots. If I cannot follow his proposed way, I
> must work
> with other graph programs, which I want to avoid since I have prepared
> many plots and I prefer the graphical capabilities of Mathematica.
> Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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