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PPT: Imported Graphic Is Surrounded by White Box

PSS ID Number: Q37495 Article last modified on 07-08-1998




The information in this article applies to:

  • == Microsoft PowerPoint for the Macintosh, versions 2.0, 2.01, 3.0, 4.0 ==


When you import a bitmap or pixelmap (color) graphic into Microsoft PowerPoint from a painting program, such as MacPaint, SuperPaint, or PixelPaint, a white box sometimes surrounds the graphic. If the slide has a background color, the background does not show through the blank areas of the graphic. It appears as if the graphic is on top of a solid white box.


This behavior sometimes occurs if you copy the graphic by using the marquee (box) tool rather than the lasso tool in the painting program.


To work around this behavior, use one of the following methods.

Method 1: Publish and Subscribe

Use the lasso tool to select the graphic. Publish out of the graphic program and then subscribe to this edition in PowerPoint.

Method 2: Apply the Slide Background to the Graphic

  1. On the View menu, click Slide Sorter.
  2. Click a slide that has no elements on it except the background.
  3. On the Edit menu, click Copy.
  4. Switch to the graphics program and paste the background.

When you bring the graphic back into PowerPoint, the graphic has a background that matches the PowerPoint slide instead of white.

Method 3: Recolor the Graphic

If the white background remains, select the graphic in PowerPoint and click Recolor Picture. In the Recolor Picture dialog box, click OK without making any adjustments. This usually works for bitmaps but may not work for pixelmaps.

NOTE: When bitmaps or pixelmaps are printed against a colored background to the LaserWriter printer, the white box appears even though it may not show on the screen. This behavior occurs because the LaserWriter driver does not allow pixels of a bitmap or pixelmap to be transparent. Bitmaps and pixelmaps use “region masks” which are not supported in PostScript.

Additional Query Words: powerpt solid opaque fill macppt pixel map empty box transparent ====================================================================== Keywords : kbgraphic kbinterop Version : MACINTOSH:2.0,2.01,3.0,4.0,98 Platform : MACINTOSH Hardware : MAC Issue type : kbprb ============================================================================= Copyright Microsoft Corporation 1998.