## Q196429: WD97: Can’t Underline Equation Field Below Text Baseline

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Article: Q196429
Product(s): Word 97 for Windows
Version(s): WINDOWS:97
Operating System(s):
Keyword(s): kbdta kbfield word97
Last Modified: 14-NOV-2000
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The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Word 97 for Windows
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SYMPTOMS
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A fraction, such as a/b, that is created by using the following equation field,
does not display or print underline formatting:
{EQ \f(a,b)}
CAUSE
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The field result extends into the baseline.
WORKAROUND
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Use one of the following workarounds to position the equation so that the
underline formatting will be displayed and will print.
Method 1: Use Equation Editor
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Create the equation using Equation Editor, and then underline the Equation Editor
object.
NOTE: If you need to adjust the position of the equation, click to select the
equation object, and then on the Format menu, click Font. Click to select the
Character Spacing tab, change the Position box to Raised, and then click OK.
Method 2: Use an Equation Field
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Create an equation field that places the result above the baseline.
For example, to create the fraction a/b, create the following equation:
{EQ b\d\ba8()\s\up20({EQ _\d\ba8()\s\up5(a)})}
In this equation, EQ represents the field name, Equation. Notice that the second
equation, {EQ _\d\ba8()\s\up5(a)}, is nested inside the first equation. This
second equation creates a fraction, "a" over "_". The "_" is included to provide
the horizontal bar that separates the numerator from the denominator. The
denominator is created in the first equation, {EQ b\d\ba8()\s\up20(<nested
equation>)}.
Within each equation, the \d\ba8() moves the preceding characters, "b" and "_",
respectively, horizontally to the left by 8 points.
The \s\up20(<nested equation>) and \s\up5(a) superscripts the corresponding
nested equation or character by 20 points and 5 points, respectively.
Notice that the numerator and denominator positions are in opposite positions
from their position in the {EQ \f(a,b) equation described in the "Symptoms"
section of this article.
NOTE: The point sizes used here can be adjusted upward or downward to properly
adjust your text.
STATUS
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Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at
the beginning of this article.
This problem has been corrected in Word 2000.
Additional query words: formula underscore doesn't
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Keywords : kbdta kbfield word97
Technology : kbWordSearch kbWord97 kbWord97Search kbZNotKeyword2
Version : WINDOWS:97
Issue type : kbbug
Solution Type : kbpending
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