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I have Word 2007 and created a document using 11.5 pt Adobe Caslon Pro with 13 pt line spacing.



When I print the document in Word, it prints fine. However, when I save it as a PDF and print it, the bottoms of the descenders of letters such as g, y, p, etc. are all chopped off.

I've tried embedding the font when I do the save in Word but it makes no difference.

I only have Adobe Reader, not Acrobat. I've asked this question on an Adobe forum and was told it's a Word issue because Word is creating the PDF.

Why is this happening? Is there anything I can do?

I'd be very grateful for any advice!
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Are you sure that it isn't just a display issue in the Adobe Reader? If you change the zoom in the PDF, does that improve the situation? Also, how does a printout of the PDF look?
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I'm confused why this thread shows resolved. It is a very old post, I realize, but is still an issue in Office 365, and as far as I remember, every version of Word I've used prior to it. It is a Microsoft issue, not PDF. (Adobe owns certain PDF technology, but the PDF spec itself is in the public domain. The behavior described in the original post occurs regardless of what specific PDF viewer you're using.) I'm wondering, though, if anyone out there has a viable workaround for this Word "feature." It is unique to MS, since I've never experienced it in non-MS software.

Assuming line spacing is set to Single in Paragraph options, Word adjusts the line height automatically to accommodate the largest point size represented on a given line of text. It can be a single character, such as a symbol. If the next line doesn't contain any text with a larger point size, Word reverts back to the default line spacing, which makes the line spacing uneven within the paragraph. If you don't want that uneven spacing, you can specify a fixed line height greater than or equal to the space allocated for that text with the greater point size; this at least makes the lines equally spaced vertically. As far as I know, this like-it-or-lump-it option is really your only option in Word, because if you try reducing the line height, Word then starts cutting off portions of the text. Usually descenders are the first casualty, as described by the OP, but ascenders, caps, and other parts of characters can get chopped off as well.

So, here is the question again: Does anyone know of a way around this other than "let Word do what it wants with line spacing, sigh, roll your eyes, and live with it"?
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Sasha, the original poster, marked it as solved.


Can you answer the questions Stefan asked?
You did not in your post.
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I'm sorry if I wasn't explicit enough. I thought I addressed Stefan's question in my first paragraph. It is not an Adobe Reader display issue, as the OP had originally investigated and stated. Multiple PDF readers, Adobe or not, all exhibit the same behavior, at any magnification, and it persists when the PDF is printed. In short, the reader is faithfully reproducing what Word gave it.

The underlying cause of the problem in Word is well known and acknowledged by Microsoft: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...screen-in-word. Word seems to enforce a white border around each line. When an exact line spacing is specified that tightens the vertical spacing (brings the lines closer together), that border can obscure portions of the characters in the line, because they are on a layer behind the border.

The question I am asking (and perhaps I should have started a new thread?) was if anyone had found a viable workaround for this. The solutions offered by MS in the referenced post (Methods 3 & 4 ... the first two only affect the on-screen display, and have no impact on PDF output) both require changing the look/layout/style of the document. If the current font, fixed line spacing, etc. must be preserved to match the remainder of the existing document, is there any way to accomplish this when a line or two in the paragraph contain characters in a larger point size than the surrounding text?
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Clarification: no solutions are offered by Microsoft here. This is not a Microsoft forum and the posters are volunteers, your fellow users, usually with a lot of training and experience on Word.

The Microsoft article you link is about screen display, yes. It is not about pdf. If there is a fixed line size and it is less than that required for ascenders and decenders of the font, those will not be displayed or printed. That is a reality of the way fonts are constructed, I believe.

This thread is about pdf results. Yes, it is often better to start a new thread, but your question is still on-topic for this one.

Are you aware of any word processing program that does not produce the same results with the same fonts and spacing?

I am not, but that is not surprising nor especially meaningful.


I have two direct questions for you:
  1. What happens if, viewing the pdf, you change the screen zoom?
  2. What is the result when you print the pdf?
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