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Internet Explorer shows the - symbol and pi symbol as a square

Hello. I am taking online college classes and when using the lab program for algebra, the symbol for pi and the - symbol both show up as a box.

I have tried contacting tech support for the program, my college, and have tried installing Firefox browser to use. So far no-one can help.

Also, I use Windows Vista.

Please help, this is stopping me from completing some of my homework and tests, since I can't tell the difference between the two symbols.

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  • Dean Pitts
    Dean Pitts Nov 01, 2008

    That will not help. They show up as a square when I type answers, and they show up as squares in the question that is generated by the lab.

    Another bit of information I thought of, when I type passwords for yahoo, they show up as squares too, not as asterisks. They used to show up as asterisks, but one day they started showing up as squares, which I didn't think anything about it, I just thought it had to do with a vista patch. Some websites they show up as squares, and others show up as dots.


  • Dean Pitts
    Dean Pitts Nov 05, 2008

    Anyone else have any help for this problem?


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Go to the character map and find the font which have both symbols, then use that font when taking online class

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