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Bullets from Word are appearing as rectangles

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Jan 26, 2021 Jan 26, 2021

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I am placing a long, heavily formatted Word doc in InDesign and everything looks great except the bullets are showing up as rectangles. When I highlight the bullets in Word it says "Symbol" as the font which I can also see is available in InDesign.

 

Does anyone have any idea why it's not working? Thanks

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 26, 2021 Jan 26, 2021
The Symbol font used in the MS Word document is different from the one you have on your computer. If the file came from MS Word / Windows, the default bullet character is character #186 on the TrueType Symbol font.  Your computer or InDesign probably uses an OpenType version of the Symbol font where the default bullet character is Unicode #2022. Just change your paragraph style that is formatting the bullets in InDesign to use InDesign's default bullet (it has a little red U on it, meaning it'...

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The Symbol font used in the MS Word document is different from the one you have on your computer.

If the file came from MS Word / Windows, the default bullet character is character #186 on the TrueType Symbol font. 

Your computer or InDesign probably uses an OpenType version of the Symbol font where the default bullet character is Unicode #2022.

 

Just change your paragraph style that is formatting the bullets in InDesign to use InDesign's default bullet (it has a little red U on it, meaning it's Unicode, the one you want.

 

Or Find Fonts and replace the original Symbol with your Unicode Symbol font. Either method will clear up the problem.

 

Bevi Chagnon | Designer & Technologist for Accessible InDesign + PDFs |
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