Problem with footnotes on Mac Word

We have a faculty member experiencing an unusual Word problem on a Mac and I'm curious if anyone else has seen it or if we have to put it down to user error.

It's a Mac Book Pro running 10.8 and Office 2011 and it involves footnotes losing their formatting.

A simplified example. All 3 footnotes start out the same: each has both small caps and italics.

At some point footnote 2 loses the small caps but keeps the italics. (Or the other way around) and footnote 3 loses the formatting and it all goes back to plain text.

Everything about the document looks perfectly normal, but it seems to be happening on many of the 200+ footnotes. If we assume that the faculty member is right about them being correct to start with, I was wondering if anyone has seen this behavior.

-John

John W. Hopkins
Associate Director for Information Technology
College of Law Library
University of Cincinnati

(513) 556-0153

RE: Problem with footnotes on Mac Word

We had something weird like that happen to a student a few years ago—not on a Mac, but in Word. It turned out that his friend had installed a silly bug on his computer as a prank. It basically turned blue book formatting into something completely different. Fortunately the changes were reversible and his article was salvageable. But I don’t think the friendship was.

Maybe you should have him virus check his computer.

Marian

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Subject: [teknoids] Problem with footnotes on Mac Word

We have a faculty member experiencing an unusual Word problem on a Mac and I’m curious if anyone else has seen it or if we have to put it down to user error.

It’s a Mac Book Pro running 10.8 and Office 2011 and it involves footnotes losing their formatting.

A simplified example. All 3 footnotes start out the same: each has both small caps and italics.

At some point footnote 2 loses the small caps but keeps the italics. (Or the other way around) and footnote 3 loses the formatting and it all goes back to plain text.

Everything about the document looks perfectly normal, but it seems to be happening on many of the 200+ footnotes. If we assume that the faculty member is right about them being correct to start with, I was wondering if anyone has seen this behavior.

-John

John W. Hopkins
Associate Director for Information Technology
College of Law Library
University of Cincinnati

(513) 556-0153