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Microsoft KB Archive/173929

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WD97: Frame Converted from Text Box Is Gray When Header Is Open

Article ID: 173929

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q173929


In Microsoft Word 97, if you convert a text box to a frame, the frame has a gray background while the header is open.


This behavior is by design of Microsoft Word 97. The gray background indicates that the text box has a default fill color (white). In Microsoft Word for Windows 95, version 7.0, frames were clear by default.


To work around this problem, format the text box color to No Fill before you convert it to a frame. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click to select the text box.
  2. On the Format menu, click Text Box.
  3. In the Color list (under Fill), click No Fill.


For additional information about text boxes and frames, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

159942 General Information About Text Boxes and Frames in Word97

Additional query words: frames text document creation convert 8.0 8.00

Keywords: kbframe kblayout kbprb KB173929