Underline is broken when text is justified

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If text in PowerPoint has been formatted with an underline and justified alignment, the underline may appear to be broken between words when previewed or published with Presenter '09.  This occurs as a result of how the additional space between words is treated when converted to Flash.  You can workaround this behavior, using either of the following methods:

Remove the justified alignment

Because this issue stems from the additional space between words that justified alignment adds to text, removing the justified alignment will prevent it from occurring.  Left, center, and right alignments do not encounter this behavior.

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 (and space) individually.  This will prevent the underline from being broken when published.  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.

Note:  If the underlined text is a hyperlink, the hyperlink will not work after rotating the Z axis.  However, you can overcome this by placing a transparent rectangle (no fill color or line color) on top of the text that should be hyperlinked and adding your hyperlink to the transparent rectangle.