Microsoft KB Archive/170444

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Article ID: 170444

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q170444


If you insert a Microsoft Word 97 for Windows table in a Microsoft PowerPoint 97 for Windows file, the text and table borders may not appear.


Unlike earlier versions of PowerPoint, PowerPoint 97 for Windows does not automatically recolor Word tables to make them match your slide's color scheme. You may have applied a black background color or used a presentation design such as Angles.pot, Fans.pot or Fireball.pot. The default font and line color in Word is black.


Recolor the table border and font color using either of the following methods.

Method 1: Recolor the Table

  1. Right-click the table, click Format Object, and then click the Picture tab.
  2. Click Recolor.
  3. In the Change section, click Colors.
  4. In the New column, click the down arrow to select the color you want or click Automatic to have the table follow the color scheme of the presentation.
  5. In the Change section, click Fills.
  6. Repeat step 4.
  7. Click OK twice.

Method 2: Edit the Table

  1. Double-click the table object.
  2. On the Table menu, click Select Table.
  3. On the Format menu, click Borders and Shading.
  4. Click the Borders tab.
  5. In the Color box, click the down arrow to select a lighter color.
  6. Click OK.
  7. With the table still selected, click Font on the Format menu.
  8. In the Color box, click the down arrow to select a lighter color.
  9. Click OK.

Although you can see the Microsoft Word table on other dark backgrounds, they may not appear as sharp as you desire. Apply the above methods to change the table borders and font colors.


Microsoft is researching this problem and will post new information here as it becomes available.

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