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Why do some of my programs show squares instead of letters?

by OVTEchVAL / January 8, 2013 2:04 PM PST

So far two of different programs are affected by this, they display only squares, i searched for a possible answer all over and nothing has helped so far, can anyone give me a hand here i am really frustrated.

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What are the programs ...
by Edward ODaniel / January 8, 2013 3:40 PM PST

you are seeing the text problems in? Name and version as well as the version of your OS would probably help too.

It could be that the specific applications do not support Unicode, what happens if you change the font face to Arial or Courier?

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Ed is on the right track
by Jimmy Greystone / January 8, 2013 9:01 PM PST

Ed is on the right track. This is a font or encoding issue. If you try opening a PDF file in Notepad, for example, you'll get a lot of strange characters that were never intended for printing. Same as if you try opening a Word document in a program that doesn't know how to properly interpret what it finds.

So either you're trying to open a file with the wrong program, or the font you're using simply doesn't have the character in the actual file, so you get a kind of default placeholder.

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title bar menu options show squares
by OVTEchVAL / January 9, 2013 12:46 AM PST

The OS is Win7

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The title bar displays squares
by OVTEchVAL / January 9, 2013 1:43 PM PST

My operating system is Win7

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If the problem is in the title bar ...
by Edward ODaniel / January 10, 2013 1:26 PM PST

it is likely that you have either deleted a system font or it is corrupt.

If it is just the font this link might be helpful -

It could also be corrupt system fonts or it could be application specific. You mentioned that this is happening in two programs and I asked you for their titles. I asked because it is also possible that the problem is language specific.

It could also be a theme you downloaded and are using or a host of other things. If it is fairly recent try using system restore to restore the system to a point just before the problem.

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Video Card
by Hodaras / January 8, 2013 3:20 PM PST

This is usually due to a video card issue, have you tried using on board graphics? If windows 7, try disabling areo could possible help too.

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Update the video card?
by OVTEchVAL / January 9, 2013 1:44 PM PST
In reply to: Video Card

So do you think i should update or reinstall my video card, because i have no onboard graphics

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Re: squares
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 8, 2013 9:08 PM PST

Not only the programs are important, so is are files (specifically file types) that it shows them in.


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