Formatting messed up in Word 2011 and PowerPoint 2011 - new installation
I just bought a new iMac and installed Office 2011 for Mac. Now, when I try to open Word documents (from old as well as new versions of Word), the document appears blank except for a few random characters and some formatting symbols. On the styles menu,
when I click on show "Show Styles Guide", the document displays various style markers as if the document is there but can't be displayed. Sometimes, clicking "Clear Formatting" causes the text to reappear; sometimes not. This has happened on multiple Word
documents of various generations of Word, all of which I have confirmed are uncorrupted files when viewed on other machines. Also, PowerPoint opens with blank slides on files that I have confirmed are uncorrupted on other machines. Any suggestions?
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What you're witnessing is most likely a font issue - especially if the documents were produce by a pre-Office v.X version of Word. Follow the procedure here for resolving duplicates & validating fonts to see if it helps correct the issue.