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    Watermark woes (2003 SP2)

    Recently my "D R A F T'" watermark prints as "D A T" on page one and " R F " on page 2 of a two-page document. Or sometimes as "D A T" on page one and "D A T" on page 2 as well. (I hate it when DAT happens!)

    It is true that when the first type is held to a strong light, the word "D R A F T" is clearly visible. Is this a Microsoft ink-saving initiative?

    I am inserting it like always: Format > Background > Printed Watermark > Text Watermark > Text > either I entered "D R A F T'" with spaces between the letters, or I choose DRAFT from the dropdown list > Font > Times New Roman (default) > Size > Auto (default) > Color > lightest gray (default) > Semitransparent checked > Layout > Diagonal.

    I am on a networked machine at work. Printer is unchanged, and it's my only option. Maybe the IT folks snuck a revised printer driver in over the weekend?

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    Re: Watermark woes (2003 SP2)

    Be glad it didn't print D R A T on one page! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Does it work better if you clear the Semi-transparent check box?

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    Re: Watermark woes (2003 SP2)

    That does achieve DRAFT on each page, but the lightest gray is pretty doggone dark without the semitransparent setting.

    This can be improved by doing ... > Color > Dropdown > More colors > Standard palette > choose lightest gray (one available lighter than default light gray). But it's a nuisance.

    Any ideas on why the same document printed OK last week but not this week? No software added, changed, or deleted (except Firefox 1.5.0.6) by me at my local machine.

    I still favor the Redmond-ecological theory of saving ink...

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    Re: Watermark woes (2003 SP2)

    Perhaps the toner in your network printer is running low?

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    Re: Watermark woes (2003 SP2)

    Ah! It's OUR COMPANY'S way of saving ink!

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    Re: Watermark woes (2003 SP2)

    For Hans: I just searched on this problem because it is happening with a number of users here, who are using Word 2007. If your document is more than one page long, D A T prints on the front page, and R F prints on the back!

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    Re: Watermark woes (2003 SP2)

    Have you tried clearing the check box 'Semitransparant" in the properties of the watermark?

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    Re: Watermark woes (2003 SP2)

    Yes, that is the solution. I guess it's a printer-specific problem. The HP printers where I work are printing "D A T" while Dell printers work fine.
    Clearing the Semitransparent properties of the watermark works.

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    Re: Watermark woes (2003 SP2)

    It appears to be specific to HP printers. The problem has been around for a long time, so I suppose neither HP nor Microsoft is interested in solving it.

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