Real Connected Cursive Fonts!
The following instructions address issues related to the
vLetter Toolbar for Microsoft Word in Windows. The vLetter
Toolbar is used to make the Sig*Connect fonts connect
together like real handwriting.
If you get an “expired certificate” warning when you start Word, or if the toolbar is missing from your latest version of Word, you can download the updated toolbar here.
NOTE: This is an update for 4.6 vLetter software for Windows. This is NOT a demo of the toolbar, nor will it work with versions 3 or earlier, nor with OpenType fonts, nor with any demo versions or Mac versions. You must already own the version 4.6 software for Windows. Still on version 4.5 or earlier? Learn how to upgrade.
SAVE this file to your hard drive, then follow the installation instructions below.
1. Quit ALL Office applications first.
2. Locate the file named vLetter_Toolbar2010.exe, then double-click it.
3. Choose “Accept” to begin the installation, or “Cancel” to Quit.
4. Choose “Install” to install the new Toolbar. The installer may give an error message, but it will correctly install the Toolbar to the correct location in Microsoft Office. Just click OK on the error message.
5. Click “OK” to finish installation.
6. Start your Microsoft Word program. When asked to enable macros, be sure to check the option that says to always trust this source, then click Enable Macros.
1. Click the Settings button on the Toolbar.
2. Pick a Connect font from the Settings window, set the font size, and click OK.
3. Type in plain text first, like Times New Roman
(do a spell check at this point).
4. Highlight the text.
5. Click the Handwriting button to convert the plain text to connected writing.
6. To go from connected writing back to plain text, highlight the connected text and click the Plain Text button on the Toolbar.
The vLetter Toolbar is now located on the Add Ins tab inside Word 2007–2010. If you obtained your vLetter software prior to January 2007, you will need to download the vLetter Toolbar update in order to install it for Word 2007 (or to update software obtained prior to July 2010 for Word 2010).
Once it is installed, follow these steps to enable the toolbar:
1. Start Word, and then go to the Add Ins tab.
2. Click on the Security Warning that is beneath the vLetter Toolbar, at the top of the blank document.
3. Click the option to “Trust all documents from this publisher,” then click OK.
Alternate method to enable the Toolbar:
1. Word 2007: Click on the Office Button, then choose Word Options at the bottom.
Word 2010: Click on the File tab (top left), then choose Options (down by Exit).
2. Click on Trust Center at left, then click Trust Center Settings at right.
3. Under Macro Settings, choose the option to “Enable all macros,” then click OK. Quit Word, then restart it. The vLetter Toolbar should now be functioning.
You can try the Toolbar at this point. It is located on the Add Ins tab. Follow steps 1- 6 above for Word 2000–2003 to use the Toolbar.
The Toolbar should already be installed in the folder inside Microsoft Office on your hard drive. You can check for it by right-clicking on the My Computer icon on your desktop, then clicking Explore from the drop-down menu. Go to the C: drive, then to Program Files, then to Microsoft Office, then Office (or Office 10 or Office 11 or Office12, depending on what version you have), then Startup. Inside that Startup folder you should see the vLetter.dot file. That is the Toolbar. If you have installed an upgraded or modified font, and you see a file named Handwri7.dot or Handwri8.dot in addition to vLetter.dot, delete the “Handwri” file, so it will not conflict with the new vLetter Toolbar.
NOTE: If there is no “Startup” folder, then the Toolbar cannot be installed. You can create a new folder and name it “Startup”; however, it is best to repair your installation of Microsoft Office to make sure everything works correctly (insert your Office installation CD and choose “Repair installation”). If you have more than one version of Office installed, but do not use all those versions, it is best to uninstall the version(s) you don’t need.
Run the vLetter install file again, and then check that the Toolbar was installed correctly. For more help, download this PDF guide for Toolbar Help in Word and follow the steps. If you still need help with the Toolbar, contact us by email.
1. Start your Microsoft Word program. When asked to enable macros, check the option that says to always trust this source, then click Enable. If you do not enable macros, the Toolbar will not work.
2. In Word, go to the Tools menu, then select Templates and Add-ins from the menu. In the Templates and Add-ins window, check the box for vLetter.dot, which is the vLetter Toolbar. If it is not listed, click the Add… button. Find the Startup folder (see “The Toolbar wasn’t installed” above) and select the vLetter.dot file, then click OK. Make sure this file is checked in the Templates and Add-ins window. Click OK when finished.
3. If the vLetter Handwriting Toolbar is listed and checked, but not visible, it may be active but hidden by other Toolbars. Go to View > Toolbars and uncheck all Toolbars except vLetter. It will then appear on a Toolbar line by itself. Move it all the way to the left of the Toolbar line, then go back to View > Toolbars and re-check the other Toolbars you want visible.
Read the section above named “The Toolbar wasn’t installed in my MS Word.”
1. If you are installing this software at your work location, you may not have “installation” privileges. You need to check with your IT or computer services department to have a technician install the software for you.
2. Be sure you are installing vLetter on the same drive that Microsoft Office is installed on (normally the C: drive). If you attempt to install vLetter to a different drive that does not also have Microsoft Office, the installer will not be able to find the Office folder in order to install the toolbar.
3. Be sure you really do have Microsoft Word installed (included with Microsoft Office). Some people actually have WordPerfect, which is not Microsoft Word, and is made by a completely different company (not Microsoft). WordPerfect versions later than 8.0 are incompatible with vLetter software. Also, there is no toolbar for WordPerfect. Finally, Microsoft Works is NOT Microsoft Office, and does not have Word.
4. If you do indeed have Microsoft Word (or Office), and it is installed correctly, or the installation has been repaired correctly, please keep trying to install the toolbar and go through the steps above to check the “Startup” folder and the toolbar options in Word. If the toolbar will not install, you can still use the SigSoft Handwriter and vLetterWriter to convert text to your handwriting font.
– You can see the vLetter Toolbar for Word in action near the top of this page.
– The Handwriting button converts highlighted text into handwriting.
– The Plain Text button changes highlighted handwriting back to ordinary text in a regular font such as Arial.
– The Signature button inserts your signature into a document (must have vLetter Pro / Print / Sig with your signature, or an Historic Handwriting Font to use historic signature).
– The Settings button allows you to select from the Sig*Connect fonts or other handwriting styles available, and to select the size of the font. You can also select which font to use for Plain Text (do not select a handwriting font for the Plain Text option).