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    patterned fill not printing in b&w (Ppt2000)

    I'm doing a presentation where I need to use patterned fill ("fill effects", "patterns") in some charts. They print in color just fine, but I need to print in b&w. I get plain white in place of the pattern on both b&w laser printers, and when I print in b&w to the color printer. In the print menu, I have tried leaving grayscale checked, checking pure B&W instead, and checking neither -- all to no avail. I've looked in page setup and tools/options. Nothing seems to work. <img src=/S/aflame.gif border=0 alt=aflame width=16 height=16> Any ideas? <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

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    Re: patterned fill not printing in b&w (Ppt2000)

    I don't know if this is the problem you are having, but I know some objects have to be set manually to how they will be rendered when printed in b&w. You have to first view the slide in b&w (View menu?). Then right-click the object and choose Grayscale Setting. From the menu, experiment with different settings and then print. See how that works.

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    Re: patterned fill not printing in b&w (Ppt2000)

    Thanks. I tried that this morning, along with other similar settings in other menus, and various combinations of settings, all to no avail. As it turns out, only one person's computer can print out the patterns. (And I've tried sending to different printers, too!) I may have to resort to a call to Microsoft?! <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15>

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    Re: patterned fill not printing in b&w (Ppt2000)

    That sounds like a difference in printers/drivers. Is there a difference in printers and print drivers from one computer to another? Even though they may be printing to the same printer, the computers might have different print drivers. Check those as well. I'm MS will have you check that first.

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    Re: patterned fill not printing in b&w (Ppt2000)

    Print drivers needing updated was my first thought -- that would be so easy! But no, all of us in the office have the same versions. Also, the pattern will print in Word (in an autoshape) and in Excel (one of the original charts, before it was copied into Powerpoint). Also, just in case it was THAT document, I tried making a brand new powerpoint chart in a brand new, blank, unsullied powerpoint document -- and it didn't print. Did I mention that I've tried 3 different printers in the office, including printing in b&w on the color printer? (In color, the pattern shows up!). Could it have to do with the ages of the printers that makes them work ok with Word or Excel but not Powerpoint? The two b&w laser printers are an HP4 and an HP5si. <img src=/S/headthrob.gif border=0 alt=headthrob width=15 height=15>

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    Re: patterned fill not printing in b&w (Ppt2000)

    This is a long-shot - but are you clicking both the Pure Black and White option as well as the gray-scale box? If so, try it without the Pure Black and White.
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    Re: patterned fill not printing in b&w (Ppt2000)

    Can you attach you test presentation, one slide with just the filled shape. Printing in B&W is sometimes very tricky in PoPo, but there is usually a work-around. Thanks! --Sam
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    Re: patterned fill not printing in b&w (Ppt2000)

    Thanks, but I've tried checking just grayscale, just pure black&white, and checking neither -- nothing does any good. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

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    Re: patterned fill not printing in b&w (Ppt2000)

    Just so you know, I've tried various combinations of options in the print menu, in the B&W menu you get when you "view" black&white, and "format object", "picture", "image control", "color". So far, nothing there works. I'll try attaching a 1-slide file, but this is my first try with this discussion forum. Also, I'm not at work today, but I've tried the same thing on my home multifunction printer, and have the same problem. Thanks, Bobbie <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15>
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    Re: patterned fill not printing in b&w (Ppt2000)

    Bizzare!.. I get pretty much the same results as you with a LaserJet 5, PP97 & Win/ME: no fill in PoPo , but sort of works if copied to Word (gives a gray-scale, but no hatching). If I change the fill to have more contrast or wider hatches, then I begin to see it on the LaserJet, but then the show looks pretty ugly. However, if I use a Lexmark T522, the fill is beautiful even on the original. Don't suppose you'd want to buy a better printer? <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15> If this is something that you do often, you could write a macro to change all of your fill-effects to something printable. Sorry to not be more help. --Sam
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