Words get smushed together with Word for Mac 2016, compatibility issues?
Thread poster: David Jessop

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Aug 22

Hello fellow translators:

In 2012, I bought my first Mac and began editing documents in Word for Mac 2011 instead of in Word 2007 for Windows (opened in Parallels Desktop). Soon I had my first client complaint, who informed me that the words got smushed together when opened in Word for Windows (e.g. thewordsgotsmushedtogether). Even after downloading the latest compatibility packs and service pack updates, this seemed to occur at random. There was some compatibility issue between Word 2011 for Mac and Word for Windows. Way too big a risk to take to keep working with Word for Mac 2011! I searched the web and if I remember correctly, I posted this issue here, finding that several others had the same problem. I immediately switched over to do all my editing in Word for Windows opened in Parallels and have been doing that ever since with a recurrence of the issue.

Microsoft recently updated Office for Mac, releasing a 2016 version. I would like to use it for editing instead of the Windows version but I am scared! I am wondering if anyone has had this issue in Word for Mac 2016 or I am safe.

Thanks for your feedback.

Best Wishes,
David


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Never had any problem with Word:mac Aug 22

David Jessop wrote:

Microsoft recently updated Office for Mac, releasing a 2016 version. I would like to use it for editing instead of the Windows version but I am scared! I am wondering if anyone has had this issue in Word for Mac 2016 or I am safe.



I never had any problem with Word:mac. Not with Word 2011, nor with Word 2016. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that font embedding isn't supported in Word for Mac?

Support for font embedding within Office is limited to the Windows desktop versions of Word, PowerPoint and Publisher and is not supported on the Mac OS, iOS, Android or web versions of Word or PowerPoint.


Source: https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2015/07/06/document-font-embedding-demystified/

You can check this by opening the document in the Windows version of Word.

[Edited at 2017-08-22 09:01 GMT]


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Tom in London
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Nor I Aug 22

Nor have I ever had any problems with words getting "mushed up" in Word for Mac. If words/characters look too close together, go to Format (in the toolbar)--->Font...---->Advanced--->Spacing

and set to "Normal".

You can either do this for a whole document (by selecting everything), or for single words or paragraphs.

[Edited at 2017-08-22 09:20 GMT]


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