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Microsoft KB Archive/173109

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Article ID: 173109

Article Last Modified on 9/7/2001


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 Service Pack 5

This article was previously published under Q173109


Text in a colored cell in Microsoft Excel may not appear when you print it to a color Page Control Language (PCL) printer, such as a Hewlett-Packard Color LaserJet.


This problem occurs because the color PCL printer driver for Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 reorders the printing order of the cell color and the text. The text is printed before the cell color. The result is that the cell color is printed on top of the text so that it covers the text.


To work around this behavior, use either of the following methods:

  • Select the "Print Text as Graphics" check box. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. On the File menu, click Print.
    2. Click Properties.
    3. Click Options.
    4. Click to select the "Print Text as Graphics" check box.
    5. Click OK. Then, click OK again.
    6. Click OK to print or click Cancel to close without printing.


  • If the printer supports PostScript, switch to a color PostScript printer driver.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT Workstation version 3.51 and Windows NT Server version 3.51. This problem was corrected in Windows NT Workstation version 4.0 and Windows NT Server version 4.0.


For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

167427 Text Is Not Printed in Colored Cells


For more information about shading cells, click the Index tab in Microsoft Excel 97 Help, type the following text


and then double-click the selected text to go to the "Shade cells with solid colors" topic.

Additional query words: XL97 opaque hidden missing

Keywords: kbbug kbfix kbprint KB173109