Schoolhouse Fonts Support - SmartFonts 6.x for MS Word

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This page addresses issues with using SmartFonts (OpenType® format)

in Microsoft Word.

Using Advanced OpenType features

Advanced OpenType features need to be enabled in each document within Microsoft Word. These features are not enabled by default.

Starting with Word 2010 for Mac or Windows, Microsoft requires that older Word documents be converted to the new Word format in order to enable advanced OpenType features for that document. (This includes Word 2008, 2011 and newer for Mac, and Word 2010, 2013, and newer versions for Windows.)

If you see the words “Compatibility Mode” in the document title bar, then you will need to convert the document to the new format before enabling OpenType features.

Convert documents from Compatibility Mode:

To convert older documents opened in Compatibility Mode, follow the steps below.

Word 2010 and newer for Windows: Go to the File menu/tab, then click the big Convert button on the Info menu.

convert file in Word 2010

Word 2008 for Mac: Go to the File menu, then choose Save As… to save the file in the new format. Select “Word Document (.docx)” as the Format in the Save As dialog box.

Word 2011 and newer for Mac: Go to the File menu, then select Convert Document (below the Save options), then click the OK button in the dialog box that appears.

convert document in Word 2011 convert dialog box for Word 2011

Enabling Advanced OpenType Features

To enable advanced features in Microsoft Word for Mac documents, follow the steps below.

Word 2008 for Mac

To make the letters connect as you type (or to use contextual variations), press Cmd-D to open the Font dialog box. In the Advanced section (above the Preview at bottom), check the box labeled “Enable all ligatures in document,” then click OK.

Font dialog box in Word 2008 for Mac

Word 2011 and newer for Mac

To make the letters connect as you type (or to use contextual variations), press Cmd-D to open the Font dialog box. In the dialog box, click on the Advanced tab. Check the option to “Use Contextual Alternates,” then set Ligatures to “All,” then click OK.

Font dialog box in Word 2011 for Mac

Word 2010 and newer for Windows

To make the letters connect as you type (or to use contextual variations), press Ctrl-D to open the Font dialog box. In the dialog box, click on the Advanced tab. Check the option to “Use Contextual Alternates,” then set Ligatures to “All,” then click OK.

Font dialog box in Word 2010

Some letters appear cut off on screen

Word does not display parts of characters that extend beyond the allotted line space; however, these characters should print intact to a printer or to a PDF file.