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I found that the font "MS Outlook" shows up as boxes on my computer. How do I display MS Outlook characters correctly? There are other fonts that show up as boxes in Windows 8, too.

MS Outlook font is not recognized

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The MS Outlook font only has a small number of actual characters (12, including a blank space) that are used as icons within the Outlook program. It is not designed to be used as an actual typeface:

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The "boxes" are simply undefined characters within a font.

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"Showing boxes" is a sign that a given font does not support all the glyphs you want to render.

Guessing your locale is something like 'chinese' or 'japanese' or whatever. And the example-text of the font-preview app picked some text in your own language. Then it might be the case that it picked a text which needs glyphs which are not available in the font you want to use.

It might be better to use the charmap tool (charmap.exe). There you can see all the glyphs from a given font, not only a panagram.

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Guessing from the character counts in the screenshot, it's simply the quick brown fox… – Daniel Beck Nov 8 '12 at 19:10
and knowing from my german font-preview it is a german phrase. which leads to the guess that msft now uses a local phrase instead of tqbf ... – akira Nov 8 '12 at 19:11
I'm not sure what you mean. Franz jagt… (IIRC) has totally different character counts per word than what is shown in the screenshot. And I doubt some Japanese or Chinese sample sentence just happens to have identical character groups as The quick brown fox. – Daniel Beck Nov 8 '12 at 19:17

This is special font which is used by Microsoft Outlook to render some interface elements.

Being special-purpose font, it does not contain regular characters, and you see the squares instead of test text.

The number of such fonts depends on the installed software.

Windows has a special font Marlett which is used to render Windows interface elements (in classic theme), such as window minimize, maximize, and close buttons.

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