How to Remove Ligatures in a Word Document

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How to Remove Ligatures in a Word Document
Unlike previous versions, Microsoft Word 2010 allows you to enable and disable ligatures. (font of glasnostextraboldfwf image by Pavel Vlasov from

A ligature is when two or more letters are joined to form a single mark. A ligature is often created when two or more letters interfere with each other. For example, "ft" would become one symbol that, in theory, is easier and more natural to read. Many fonts simply do not include ligatures. However, Microsoft Word 2010 has added a feature that allows you to enable ligatures. While ligatures may be desirable to some, others may find them confusing. Fortunately, Microsoft Word 2010 allows you to remove ligatures as easily as you can enable them.

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    Microsoft Word 2010

  1. 1

    Click on the "Home" button. The "Home" button is the Microsoft Office icon located in the upper-left corner of Microsoft Word.

  2. 2

    Click on "Word Options."

  3. 3

    Select "Advanced."

  4. 4

    Check the box next to "Disable Open Type Font Formatting Features." This will disable and remove Ligatures in Word 2010.

Tips and warnings

  • Versions of Microsoft Word 2010 do not support ligatures. (See Reference 3) However, several third-party programs have been created that make it possible to use ligatures in earlier versions of Microsoft Word. One of these programs can be found at the link below.

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