Microsoft KB Archive/927534

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Objects or graphics do not print correctly to a non-color printer in Excel 2007 or in PowerPoint 2007

Article ID: 927534

Article Last Modified on 10/15/2007


  • Microsoft Office Excel 2007
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007

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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows registry


You print a presentation in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 or you print a workbook in Microsoft Office Excel 2007 to a non-color printer. If the presentation or the workbook contains an object or graphic, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • The object or graphic in the presentation or workbook is printed in grayscale.
  • The object or graphic in the presentation or workbook is printed in low resolution.
  • Text that the object or the graphic contains has jagged edges, or the text is indecipherable.


Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

To work around this problem, use one of the following methods:

  • Print the presentation or the workbook to a color printer.
  • Add the DoNotRecolorMetafilesOnPrint DWORD value to the registry. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Exit all programs.
    2. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
    3. Locate and then select the following registry subkey:


    4. After you select the subkey, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click DWORD Value.
    5. Type DoNotRecolorMetafilesOnPrint, and then press ENTER.
    6. Right-click DoNotRecolorMetafilesOnPrint, and then click Modify.
    7. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
    8. On the File menu, click Exit to exit Registry Editor.


This issue may occur when the presentation or workbook contains one of the following items:

  • An object that contains text, such as an Excel chart.
  • A vector graphic file that contains text, such as an .emf file.

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