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[Solved] OpenOffice Math Weird Symbol Help

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 5:03 pm
by crispyrice2008
Hi all,

It's my first time using OpenOffice.org software, I used to play around MS Office in the past. I have a question about OpenOffice Math commands

when I type in a simple equation y = m*x+1 in the command window, I was expecting the Math to display y=m*x+1, however, it displays:
y *keylock symbol*m*x(letter)1
the exact picture is attached with this post.

I think it may be something to do with font error, because I recently unsuccessfully removed MS office, and its leftover may corrupt some of openoffice font.

Please guide me through this problem

thank you

Re: OpenOffice Math Weird Symbol Help

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 5:14 pm
by Hagar Delest
Hi and welcome to the forum!

As a first shot, check the font used indeed.
You can also upload a sample file so that we have a look (see How to attach a document here).

Re: OpenOffice Math Weird Symbol Help

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 5:26 pm
by crispyrice2008
thanks for the quick reply, I have attached a small formula I used to test for this problem. If you need more comprehensive sample, I can do that asap.

Re: OpenOffice Math Weird Symbol Help

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 5:48 pm
by RGB
The Math object looks OK here, it seems that in your system there is a missing font. By default AOO use opensymbol(1) for math operators so there is a problem with this font on your system.

(1) The font file is opens___.ttf and at least on Linux it is installed on <main AOO install dir>/basis3.4/share/fonts/truetype/

Re: OpenOffice Math Weird Symbol Help

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 6:10 pm
by crispyrice2008
When I search for OpenSymbol in my C drive, it return opens___.ttf file, and I tried to install it, but it implied that it is already installed.
I'm not sure what to do, is re-installing openoffice going to fix it? or should I get download and replace the existing opensymbol file?
I have attached opensymbol file in this post if you're interested to look at it.

btw, opens___.ttf is in my window/font folder, and my openoffice folder doesn't seem to have the opensymbol file. Can it be the cause of the problem?

thank you

Re: OpenOffice Math Weird Symbol Help

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 6:47 pm
by RGB
Your font file is identical to mine (same check sum) so that's not the problem. Try to reset the user profile.

Re: OpenOffice Math Weird Symbol Help

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 6:59 pm
by crispyrice2008
Thank you very much, after I reset the /user folder, it seems to fix itself
:)
can I delete the user.old folder now?

Re: OpenOffice Math Weird Symbol Help

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 7:56 pm
by FJCC
It is a good idea to keep a copy of your profile folder in case the one in use gets corrupted. I would keep the one that is now called user.old and probably change the name to something like user_May30_2013.bak