Wrong Characters Printed in Equations

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 2, 2016)

Jakob uses the Equation Editor in one of his documents, and he's having problems printing the equation correctly. Instead of printing a Delta character in the equation, a picture of a small house is printed on his HP DeskJet. (It shows correctly on the screen, but prints incorrectly in the document.)

There are a couple of things to check. First of all, you'll want to make sure that the proper font definitions are set up in the Equation Editor:

  1. Start the Equation Editor (insert a new equation or double-click an existing equation).
  2. Choose Define from the Style menu. The Equation Editor displays the Styles dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Styles dialog box in the Equation Editor.

  4. Make sure that the L.C. Greek, U.C. Greek, and Symbol drop-downs are all set to Symbol.
  5. Click OK.

If this doesn't fix the printing problem, there is a good chance that something is messed up with your printer driver; either the driver is not installed fully or the driver is performing some inappropriate font substitutions. To test if this is the case, take the document to a different system, preferably one that uses a different printer. If the document prints correctly on that system, then you might try removing the printer driver and reinstalling it on your system.

If the problem persists, contact the good folks at Design Science. They are the creators of the Equation Editor, and they assure WordTips readers that they will be very responsive to any technical support issues such as this. Send your problem to support@dessci.com for the fastest response.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (243) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Defining Default Printers on a Document Level

If you use multiple printers, you may wonder how to set each document in Word to remember which printer to use for that ...

Discover More

Generating Unique Sequential Numbers

Using Excel to generate unique sequential numbers for invoices or company statements can be a challenge. Here's information ...

Discover More

Symbols Convert to Numbers in Excel

Insert a symbol into a cell, and it should stay there, right? What if the symbol changes to another character, such as a ...

Discover More

Comprehensive VBA Guide Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is the language used for writing macros in all Office programs. This complete guide shows both professionals and novices how to master VBA in order to customize the entire Office suite for their needs. Check out Mastering VBA for Office 2010 today!

MORE WORDTIPS (MENU)

Entering a Measurement in the Equation Editor

The Equation Editor is a handy tool, particularly for those who must include mathematical equations in their documents. ...

Discover More

Setting Superscript Height in the Equation Editor

The Equation Editor makes it easy to create and add equations to your documents. Here's how to adjust where the equation's ...

Discover More

Setting a Spacing Adjustment in the Equation Editor

The Equation Editor is a handy tool when you are creating documents that rely on mathematical formulas. If you want to adjust ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments for this tip:

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)

This Site

Got a version of Word that uses the menu interface (Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.

Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.

Links and Sharing
Share