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sawjew
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No menus in Windows Me

I have been using Portable Openoffice for a couple of weeks now and I find it (and Portable Firefox) excellent. We are not allowed to install software on our PCs at work and this enables me to walk right past that restriction and maintain all my own settings and bookmarks! I have used Portable Openoffice successfully on XP Pro, XP Home and NT4, but when I tried to use it on Windows Me I found the menus to be completely missing. I have tried it on two different computers running Me with the same result. Does anyone have any ideas what the problem could be and how to fix it? Could it be something as simple as not having the menu fonts installed?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I have the same problem using OO on a Windows 98SE laptop - this makes the app barely usable. On other platforms people have related this to a problem with truetype fonts - I will try to research this more.

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Any chance you don't have all the normal fonts?

The only thing I can think of is if you don't have the standard Windows fonts installed (Tahoma, Verdana, Arial, Times New Roman and Georgia) on the box in question. I test in Windows 98 SE2 and all the apps work fine.

My guess is that the system in question doesn't have Tahoma installed, which appears to be the standard font in OO.o. Try copying it from a system that has it (C:\Windows\Fonts). You'll need to place it in the following directory in OO.o:
\PortableOpenOffice\openoffice\share\fonts\truetypes

You may need to create the fonts and truetypes directories. Let us know if it works or not.

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No, I've now tried this - fonts are on the system and now in the suggested folder as well.

If this is any help;

Windows 98 tablet (maybe PenWindows is interfering?)
No menus
- Customize ; Customize toolbar comes up,
Click 'Menus' tab -> crashes.

Windows XP desktop - fine

Locked down Windows 2000 system at work - doesn't seem to go at all (but the work computers have always been funny!)

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Win98 tablets

Didn't even know they made those. I'd wager that's the issue. Have you tried installing OO.o locally on it? It will most likely have the same issue.

As for locked down Win2K, they may have it set not to run EXEs from removable drives, in which case you can't use it.

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