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Feb 16, 2001, 12:59 AM

This is a question from a newbie: i use an iMac OS 9.0.4 with 320 MB of RAM
I have a persistant problem when using AppleWorks. Some time ago I selected Apple Chancery as my default font. Eventually I wanted to make Palatino my default and selected it via>edit>preferences>make default.. No matter what I do it always reverts back to Apple Chancery when I set tabs Also, anything I cut and paste while in AppleWorks is pasted in Apple Chancery font

I have reset the font many times via edit>preferences>text>default.
I have tried trashing the AppleWorks preference file and re-entering the information, then re-starting the computer.

Apart from being irritating it is a real time waster, continually having to select and change fonts in documents. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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Feb 19, 2001, 08:42 PM
I would run Disk First Aid on my startup disk. If that checks out, cool. If not, click on repair as DFA suggests. Open some other disk utility (if needed) like TechTool, Norton, Disk Warrior, etc. Run a file check first then check your fragmentation, and you may consider rebuilding the desktop.
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Feb 19, 2001, 09:33 PM

Assuming you're using AppleWorks 6:

Open AW.

Click on the Basic tab click on Word Processing to create a new document.

With the new document in the window - go to Preferences in the File menu and
select General - in the window that opens, make sure the Topic is Text.

Now choose your font and size - and while you're there, put a check mark in
Fractional Character Widths - it's usually unchecked by default - more about this
in a minute.

Now click on Make Default and then Save in the window that comes up.

To ensure it's locked in - close all windows/quit all apps - shut down, wait a few
seconds for the memory to completely clear - now start up and you should see
the font you selected in any documents you create.

Now about Fractional Character Widths - by enabling this feature it gives a very
professional look to anything you print. If you want to see the difference, print a
document with this feature off, then print the same document with it on.

It's amazing how many people never use this feature (even professional writers)
and you can spot the difference when you're reading their work.

Palatino is my most used/favourite font by the way, and was the font of choice
for my book at 12 point - but for addressing labels, envelopes etc I use Avant Garde
bold at 14 points because it's a little smaller.

Good writing/printing.

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Feb 19, 2001, 11:48 PM
How does the Fractional Character Width look with an inkjet printer?

Help recommends this feature for lazer printers but states not to select this feature for dot-matrix or impact printers.

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Feb 20, 2001, 12:24 AM
Works just as well on ink jets as lasers.

Can't work on impact printers because they're accomplishing
printing by mechanical means.

By the way, your printing will be a little harder to read on the
screen, so for that reason, some of those who use it turn it off
while they're preparing a document, then turn it on when they're
ready to print. This was unsatisfactory for me because I made a
lot of wasted prints when I forgot to turn it on.

I leave it on permanently, and have become accustomed to the
screen. Believe me, it's worth the effort if you want professional
results. You'll never go back.

Try it and see for yourself.

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