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XL97: Visio 4 Drawing Object May Not Be Displayed Correctly

Article ID: 168949

Article Last Modified on 10/22/2000


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

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When you insert a Visio 4 Drawing object into a worksheet in Microsoft Excel 97, the object is only displayed correctly as long as you are editing it. When you deactivate the object, it is displayed as a blank rectangle.


This problem occurs because of a minor incompatibility between Microsoft Excel 97 and Visio 4.

NOTE: This problem does not occur in Microsoft Word 97, Microsoft PowerPoint 97, or earlier versions of Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, or Microsoft PowerPoint.


To force the Visio 4 Drawing object to be displayed correctly, follow these steps:

  1. Activate the worksheet that contains the Visio 4 Drawing object.
  2. On the File menu, click Print Preview.
  3. Quit Print Preview by clicking Close.

The Visio 4 Drawing object now appears correctly. Note that you must perform these steps each time you make any changes to the Visio 4 Drawing object.

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