Microsoft KB Archive/37817

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Printing Color Text on a Non-Color Printer in Word for Windows


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 1.0, 1.1, 1.1a, 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b, 2.0c, 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c


In Microsoft Word for Windows, when formatting text for color and printing to a non-color printer, the printed results may vary somewhat depending on the printer you have selected in the File Printer Setup command.

On some printers, such as the Hewlett-Packard (HP) LaserJet, your text always prints regardless of the color assigned to the text, with the exception of white. On other non-color printers, such as the Epson FX-85, certain colors may print while others may not.

For example, using the Epson 9-pin driver on the Epson FX-85 printer, text that is formatted black, green, red, or yellow prints, while text that is formatted blue, cyan, magenta, or white does not print. The results when printing to non-color printers are dependent upon the Windows printer driver being used. Some drivers may interpret the colors differently than others, so text formatted with certain colors may not print.

Additional query words: winword 1.0 1.1 1.10a word6 2.0 6.0 winword2

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Last Reviewed: November 4, 2000
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