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PowerPoint: Only EPS Logo Prints from Translated Presentation PSS ID Number: Q100423 Article last modified on 10-08-1993 PSS database name: W_PowerPt



The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows, version 3.0


A presentation created with PowerPoint version 3.0 for the Macintosh may print incorrectly when opened in PowerPoint for Windows if it has an encapsulated PostScript (EPS) graphic on the slide master. This will happen only when you print the presentation to a PostScript printer.

When you print the slides, only the logo (and maybe part of the title text) will print. The rest of the page will be blank. You may receive an “undefined nametype” PostScript error after the first slide prints.

The presentation will print normally to a non-PostScript printer.

If you remove the EPS graphic, the presentation will also print normally.


When PowerPoint prints a file that contains EPS information to a PostScript printer, the EPS code is added to the PostScript code created by the Windows PostScript driver. EPS information inserted in a PowerPoint for the Macintosh presentation is not changed when the presentation is opened in PowerPoint for Windows. The information may be in a format that will cause the print job to terminate after it is printed on an MS-DOS/Windows-based system.

Note: If the EPS graphic is on a slide (not the slide master), only that particular slide may fail to print.

If you open the EPS graphic in a PostScript editor such as Adobe Illustrator and export it as a PC format EPS file, you will be able to reimport the graphic into your PowerPoint presentation and print it normally.

You can also try converting the EPS file to TIFF or PICT format and reinsert it in the PowerPoint presentation. If you do not have access to a graphics editing application that can do this, you can print the presentation to a non-PostScript printer. The only problem with this is that only the screen preview of the graphic will print; the actual PostScript image will not print.

Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in PowerPoint version 3.0 for Windows. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.

Additional reference words: 3.00 power point powerpt encapsulated postscript

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