Some non-English characters may not display as expected when published

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You may find that some accented characters or non-English characters (such as Tamil, Vietnamese, or Hindi) do not display as expected when published with Presenter '09 if those characters were created by pressing two or more keys on your keyboard (referred to as stacked characters).

You can correct this behavior, using either of the following methods:

Use single glyph characters

Rather than using multi-key, stacked characters, use single glyph characters, which should publish properly.  One way to generate single glyph characters is to type your text into an online translation service (such as  Then copy the translated text into PowerPoint.

Another option for replacing stacked characters with single glyphs is to use a third-party program that allows you to normalize existing text.  For example, VietPad is a free program that normalizes Vietnamese text.  (To use VietPad:  Copy and paste existing text into VietPad, and go to Tools > Normalize the Diacritics.  Then copy and paste the text back into PowerPoint.)

Rotate the Z axis of the text box

This option pertains to PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 only.

If you slightly rotate the Z axis of the affected text box, Presenter '09 will publish the entire text box as a single object rather than publishing each character individually.  This will allow your stacked characters to publish as expected.  Here's how to rotate the Z axis:

  1. Right-click the text box, and select Format Shape.
  2. Select the 3-D Rotation tab on the left side of the window.
  3. Subtract one-tenth (.1) of a degree from the Z Rotation Axis. Here are some examples:
    • If the Z axis is currently 0, change it to 359.9.
    • If the Z axis is currently 90, change it to 89.9.
    • If the Z axis is currently 180, change it to 179.9.
    • If the Z axis is currently 270, change it to 269.9.
  4. Click the Close button.

If you have numerous text boxes that need to be adjusted, you may be able to use the PowerPoint macro described in this article to adjust all the text boxes at once.  Please note that this macro is not officially supported by Articulate.