How-To: Trick MS Word into using Retina quality text

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  1. Fynd, Jun 28, 2012
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    Fynd macrumors 6502

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    I just found this out by mistake after fooling around trying to update my resume in the god-awful non-retina Word.

    Basically, with Word open go ahead and open a >1MB .tiff file from your Documents folder on the dock using Preview. This will cause Word to go non-responsive for a split second in the background before flashing and being re-rendered using the proper retina quality fonts. This applies to the menus and all text within your documents. I can successfully reproduce this phenomenon every time.

    Here are some screen grabs of Word with retina fonts:
     

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    Very impressive. Will have to test that - but nice find and thanks for taking time out to tell everyone.

    Cheers.
     
  5. Fynd, Jun 28, 2012
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    Fynd thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sorry about that, I updated the images. I'm pretty busy here tonight so I just used Grab and whatever default quality options to get the images up... it looks perfect in use, though, much better than the blown up/compressed images show.

    Just for reference, this is using ML DP4 and the latest updated version of Office. I'm curious if this works for anyone else, as it's pretty strange.
     
  6. Rmafive macrumors 6502

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    I hope that microsoft at least updates word with standard support for retina quality fonts quickly. That shouldn't take them 8 months.

    I will definitely try this out for now though!
     
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    No luck here with the base RMBP running Lion.
     
  9. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Running fs_usage of similar while this is happening may give a better idea of what is going and if it could be made permanent.
     
  10. mdapple macrumors regular

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    i would be interested to see if someone else can reproduce this...
     
  11. Pohaku macrumors newbie

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    worked for me

    thanks for the tip, I can verify that the TIFF method worked for me too!

    So much better using Word with Retina now that the text is retina crisp!

    Thanks again.
     
  12. JohnGrey macrumors 6502

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    You can just add the NSHighResolutionCapable key to Word's Info.plist and it'll make all rendered text Retina.
     
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    Does this work for other Office apps?
     
  14. JohnGrey macrumors 6502

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    Worked on Outlook, but didn't seem to on PowerPoint.
     

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