RE: Office 2000 & Crystal Physics Symbols

From: Chris Pratley (
Date: Thu Aug 12 1999 - 16:32:24 EDT

The universal font (name: Arial Unicode MS) is on CD1 of Office2000. It is
not included in a typical install (since it is 24MB), but you can install it
from custom setup. Also, you can set Access to use this font as your
"backup" for display, so you'll be able to see your symbols in your access
data tables. Here are the steps:

(this procedure is also available in Access Help if you ask the paper clip
"Unicode" or similar question, then click the help topic "Unicode support in
Microsoft Office")
In Control Panel, launch Add/Remove programs
Select "Microsoft Office 2000 Professional" or whatever version you
Click the "Add/Remove" button (on Windows2000, this is the "Change" button)
Office setup will launch, giving the choice to Repair Office, Add or Remove
features, Remove Office, etc. Click " Add or Remove features "
In the feature tree you see, click the plus sign beside "Office Tools" to
open that branch
Then click the plus sign beside "International Support"
You should see "Universal font" with an "X" beside it.
Click the X and change the state of the feature from "Not Available" to "Run
from my computer"
Click the Update Now button at the bottom.
Setup will run, and the Arial Unicode MS font will be installed
(note: if you are running NT4, I recommend installing Service Pack 5 if you
plan to use this font. SP5 adjusts an internal font limit to allow better
use of large fonts on NT)

Now in Access2000, open your database
Choose Options... from the Tools menu
Click the View tab
Find the checkbox labelled "Use substitution font" and check it.
Select Arial Unicode MS as the substitution font

You should now be able to see all your symbols in Access databases.

Arial Unicode MS covers all of Unicode 2.1. It is a work in progress,
however, so we're still working on some issues with some glyphs.

Chris Pratley
Program Manager
Microsoft Office

-----Original Message-----
From: Magda Danish (Unicode) []
Sent: Thursday, August 12, 1999 8:47 AM
To: Unicode List
Subject: Office 2000 & Crystal Physics Symbols

Can anyone from Microsoft help answer this question?

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<Leo writes>


I work in the Institute of Crystallography Russian Academy of Science.
I write a database using Access with Visual Basic.

I have to place information about crystals grown in the Institute in my
database. As you probably know, crystallography and crystal physics use
many special symbols, which are absent in ordinary fonts.

My problem became even more complicated because of impossibility of linking
up two ore more fonts to Access tables.

All the symbols must be in one very long multisymbol font.
All ordinary fonts are one-byte fonts, i.e. consists of 256 symbols. This
number is too small for me.

A few days ago I saw on the Internet, that in Microsoft Office 2000 there
is Universal Font containing more than 40000 symbols. This font is my

I bought Microsoft Office 2000 on 2 CD-ROMs. I read Access help files and
received some information about this font. But I couldn't install this font
from my disks, because the font is somehow absent on the disks.

I know, that there is a complete version of Microsoft Office 2000 on 4
disks. May be this font is on 3 or 4 disk or something.

Could you possibly locate this 'majic' font in all four disks?

Thank you very much. Excuse my bad English.


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