True small caps? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Many OpenType fonts contain, amongst other OpenType advance typography features, sets of true small caps. However, Word 2010 and the preview/evaluation versions of Word 2013 do not support these true small caps contained in the fonts - instead, they make their own fake small caps by shrinking normal upper case glyphs. This leads to thinner small caps glyphs, and the result simply looks awful.

    Publisher, on the other hand, does support true small caps.

    Question 1: does the release version of Word 2013 offer true small caps, or does it, like its predecessors, cheat by shrinking upper case glyphs?

    If 'no':

    Question 2: why on earth not? Word supports many other advanced OpenType typgography features, such as ligatures, alternates, stylistic sets, old style and proportional numbers - so why leave out support for true small caps? Is there a real, practical, sensible, understandable reason? Or were they simply forgotten? Will they be included in an update (soon)?

    Thursday, February 7, 2013 7:41 AM


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  • This is a note to let you know that I am trying to involve someone familiar with this topic to further look at this issue.

    Max Meng
    TechNet Community Support

    Friday, February 8, 2013 6:28 AM
  • Hello Dogmatix2,

    I see the same issue with the release version of Word 2013.  I will report this issue to development.



    Tuesday, February 19, 2013 6:08 PM
  • I's still like to know if true small caps:

    a) were omitted because no-one thought about it (so why didn't they?),

    b) omitted after careful consideration (but why?),

    c) included, but something went wrong and it doesn't work?

    Sunday, February 24, 2013 11:13 AM
  • Even the very latest new version of Word still cannot do true small caps. Pathetic!
    Wednesday, June 24, 2015 5:50 PM
  • Currently, there's only one way to get true small caps in a document made with Office: it's to compose the document in Word, with "false" small caps, and import it to Publisher, that convert them in true small caps. But it's not straight-forward, and requires some several annoying steps:

    1- First of all, you must finish your document in Word, with all the content, layout, styles and formatting.

    2- Close your DOCX file in Word and open it in Publisher; the document will be converted to a PUB file -- including the false small caps to true small caps.

    3- Reopen your DOCX file in Word and compare it side by side with the new converted PUB file in Publisher.

    4- Adjust the size, orientation and margins of the pages of the PUB file to match exactly the corresponding ones of the original DOCX file, if they were not the same (Publisher doesn't do this automatically). 

    5- If necessary, resize the text boxes, tables, images and other objects in the PUB file to match the original layout of the DOCX file. (This will surely be needed if you had to change the page layout of the PUB file as described in the 4th step.)

    6- Now check the formatting of your text. It's probable that you'll see several discrepancies between the original DOCX file and the new PUB file. They are due to the fact that the Publisher styles are not defined exactly the same way their corresponding ones in Word are. To correct this, do the following:

    7- Close the DOCX file in Word, and on the Home section of the Publisher ribbon, choose Styles->Import Styles; in the dialog box that will appear, select your DOCX file; when asked if you want to change the definitions of Publisher styles to match the new ones being imported, answer "yes".

    8- Now, reopen the DOCX file in Word, and carefully compare it with the PUB file in Publisher. Some minor differences may remain (hyphenization, orphan/widow lines, line and paragraph spacing, etc.), depending on the default settings of both Word and Publisher (they will hardly be the same); correct them, as well as possible.

    9- When satisfied with the results (or tired with your efforts...), save your PUB file. If you want to share it with others, export it to PDF -- since few people don't even know that Publisher exists...

    Of course, Microsoft could spare us all this trouble by simply implementing support for true small caps in Word, just the way it did in Publisher...

    • Proposed as answer by Charles Kenyon Thursday, September 24, 2015 5:18 PM
    Thursday, September 24, 2015 4:16 PM