How come making text bold also makes it italic as well?

by on October 8, 2010

Q: In any software program, whenever I make text bold (using Ctrl B or clicking “B” with the mouse), the text goes bold-italic instead of just bold. This happens in all software, it’s computer-wide. It’s been like this for about a week or so. How can I fix this? I am using Windows XP.


4 Responses to “How come making text bold also makes it italic as well?”
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    I’d suggest resetting all the fonts for Windows XP to clean things up:

    Try this method (courtesy of Kelly Theriot MVP):

    Make a work folder – say C:\Tempfont. Put the XP CD in the drive and exit from the auto-run.

    Start – Run – CMD.EXE and in that give the letter of the CD drive (say Z – so

    Z:
    CD i386
    EXPAND *.TT_ C:\TEMPFONT
    EXPAND *.FO_ C:\TEMPFONT
    C:
    CD \TEMPFONT
    REN *.TT_ *.TTF
    REN *.FO_ *.FON
    EXIT

    That will extract all 298 fonts to C:\TEMPFONT. You can then go to the Fonts folder, Browse to C:\Tempfont, and select the ones you need. Check the ‘Copy to fonts folder’ box before OK. Once you are sure you have everything you need, you can delete the work folder.

    Fonts Supplied with Windows XP
    http://www.microsoft.com/typography/fonts/winxp.htm

    How to Determine the Default Windows Fonts
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q254768

    TrueType Fonts Shipped with Microsoft Applications
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q123084

     
  2.  
    Picked as best answer

    Just found this option:

    1 Go to the Fonts folder (generally [WINDOWS INSTALLATION DRIVE]:\WINOWS\Fonts) thru Windows Explorer
    2 Set as ‘List View’
    3 Sort by ‘Modified Date’
    4 Use good-sense to make the difference between the dates to see which ones were installed later and giving you a hard time, otherwise try the restore in the first post above this one.

     
  3.  

    Thanks Mark! This solved my problem. Before doing a complete font refresh I went to the fonts and sorted by date modified as you suggested. The arial font came to the top! So, windows wouldn’t let me delete or reinstall the arial font (said “remove the old one first”…but wouldn’t let me). However, it did let me delete and reinstall the Arial Bold font (got the font from my other computer) and once I did that, the problem went away. So arial bold was corrupt.
    Thanks again,…and thanks to askageek!

     
  4.  

    Great! Don’t forget to mark a best answer (either of my comments will do) so I get credit.