Weird glitch with fonts in Microsoft WORD – convert back from Wingdings font to Times New Roman

I was playing around with fonts in Microsoft WORD (don’t ask, because I won’t tell) and converted Times New Roman into Wingdings 3. I saved and closed the document. When I went back to convert the text back to Times New Roman, I got all little boxes. Here’s how to easily get back your original text:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_programs/cant-change-wingdings-back-to-normal-font/59107e0b-a401-4b46-818f-d0ac987f4b2b?auth=1

There are three solutions I’ve found to this, with one being much more difficult than the other.  

Outlook
If you have it, open up Microsoft Outlook, and start a new email.  Copy the wingdings text from the Word document, and paste it into the new email in Outlook.  Then change the font to any other font you want, and it will work like normal.  The only thing glitch is that it changes apostrophes into a space, so you have to manually go through and find those and change them back to apostrophes.  Minor inconvenience.  

 

I tried this, it works. BUT ALWAYS REMEMBER TO MAKE A SECOND SAFE COPY OF YOR ORIGINAL TEXT, LEST YOU LOSE IT FOREVER!

 

EDIT:  You can also use Powerpoint.

Open up PowerPoint, start a new slide with a big text box. Copy the wingdings text from Word, and paste it into this text box in PPT. It should automatically change the font to something readable, it did for me at least.

 

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