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Article ID: 252783

Article Last Modified on 1/27/2007


  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q252783


In Microsoft Internet Explorer 5, when you right-click a graphic on a Web page created in Word 2000, you see different commands than you expected and you are unable to save a graphic.

For example, the Save Picture As command does not appear on the shortcut menu. The commands that may be available on the shortcut menu include:

Select All
Create Shortcut
Add to Favorites
View Source


There are two reasons for this behavior:

  • When you create a Web page in Word 2000 and add graphics to the page, Word adds markup tags that provide support for Vector Markup Language (VML) graphics. Word adds the additional markup regardless of whether you have selected the Rely on VML to display graphics in browsers check box (on the Tools menu, click Options, and then click Web Options on the General tab).
  • This is a limitation of the way Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 handles the HTML generated by Word. Internet Explorer 5.0 does not render the same shortcut menus for VML graphics as it does for standard HTML (IMG) graphics.


Microsoft has released an Office HTML Filter that you can use to remove Office-specific markup tags embedded in Office 2000 documents saved as a Web page (HTML). This filter is available at the following Microsoft Web address:

To use the HTML Filter to remove the VML information from your file, follow these steps:

  1. Download and install the HTML Filter 2.0.
  2. Start the HTML Filter by clicking Programs on the Start menu, pointing to Microsoft Office Tools, and then clicking Microsoft Office HTML Filter 2.0.
  3. In the Microsoft Office HTML Filter 2.0 dialog box, click Add. Locate your Web page and click Open.
  4. Click Options and click to clear all option check boxes. Click OK and then click Apply.

The HTML Filter automatically edits the HTML code to remove the VML information. It also creates a backup of the original file, assigns it a .bak extension, and stores it in the same location as the new file.


When you right-click a standard HTML graphic in Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, the following menu items are available:

Save Picture As
Set As Wallpaper
Set As Desktop Item
Add to Favorites

When you save a file as a Web page in Microsoft Word, Word adds Office-specific markup tags to the standard Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and cascading style sheet markup. This additional markup preserves rich text formatting and page layout, and allows Microsoft Word to "round-trip" documents between binary and HTML format. The HTML Filter is designed to reduce file size by removing this additional markup language.

NOTE: When you use the HTML Filter, it removes some round-tripping capabilities.


For additional information about the HTML Filter and its uses, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

236967 WD2000: How to Use the HTML Filter in Word 2000

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