Microsoft KB Archive/107793

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Graphics Embedded from EPS in WordPerfect Appear Blank in Word


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, version 6.0


When encapsulated PostScript (EPS) graphics that don't included bitmap (usually TIFF) preview images are embedded in a WordPerfect document and that document is subsequently opened in Word 6.0, an empty frame will appear in the converted file.


This problem occurs because Word requires a bitmap preview image to display an EPS image on-screen. Because the original graphic inserted into WordPerfect does not contain any data for display, Word has no way of generating a display image independently. In addition, because the WPG graphic import filter does not retain the original PostScript image code embedded in the WordPerfect document, the image also cannot be printed from Word.

Note: When an image is inserted from EPS file format into WordPerfect, the original graphic data is retained but is embedded in the document in WordPerfect's own WPG graphic format.


If you must continue working with EPS files that don't include preview images, a workaround that will allow the images to be printed to a PostScript printer in either product is to use the option to link to "graphic on disk" when inserting the image into WordPerfect. Word will subsequently re-insert the graphic from the original file when converting the WordPerfect document. Word retains the original PostScript image code in this scenario, thus enabling printing of the image following conversion. An empty frame will still be displayed on-screen.

Alternatively, you can utilize EPS files with preview images or use another source graphic file format.


The problem described above is not a limitation of Word 6.0. As indicated above, WordPerfect itself cannot display an EPS graphic that has no bitmap preview image. In fact, no major word processing application supports interpretation of PostScript code for display.

When an EPS graphic without preview image is embedded (not linked to graphic on disk) in a WordPerfect document, the original PostScript data from the EPS file is stored in the document. However, because the image contains no bitmap preview image to render for display, WordPerfect displays the following message within the figure box on-screen:

Graphic Contains Data For
PostScript Printers Only

The WordPerfect products mentioned here are manufactured by a vendor independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding these products' performance or reliability.

For more information or support with WordPerfect, contact WordPerfect Customer Support at (800) 228-1029.

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Last Reviewed: November 4, 2000
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