OFF97: Grid Pattern Prints Larger Than Expected

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When you select a grid pattern format, the results may print larger than expected.

NOTE: This behavior occurs in Microsoft Excel, with objects in Microsoft PowerPoint, and with drawing objects or inserted tables in Microsoft Word.


This may occur if you set the print quality to 75 Dots Per Inch (DPI) and apply a grid pattern format.


To work around this problem, increase the print quality to 100 DPI or higher.

For example, in Microsoft Excel 97 running on Microsoft Windows 95 with a Hewlett Packard LaserJet 3si set as your default printer, you can change the print quality DPI by following these steps:

  1. Start Microsoft Excel.
  2. On the File menu, click Page Setup.
  3. In the Print Quality box, select 100 or higher for the DPI setting.
NOTE: The steps may vary, based on the printer driver, operating system, or the Microsoft Office 97 program.


This is by design in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.


In Microsoft Word 97, you can create a grid pattern format in an inserted table by following these steps:

  1. Start Microsoft Word.
  2. On the Table menu, click Insert Table, and then click OK.
  3. Highlight the inserted table.
  4. On the Format menu, click Borders And Shading.
  5. On the Shading tab, click the Style box.
  6. Click Lt Grid, and then click OK.
In Microsoft PowerPoint 97, you can create a grid pattern format in an inserted drawing object by following these steps:

  1. Start Microsoft PowerPoint.
  2. Click Blank Presentation, and then click OK.
  3. Click the Blank presentation in the bottom-right corner, and then click OK.
  4. On the Drawing toolbar, click Rectangle, and then draw the shape on the slide.
  5. On the Format menu, Click Colors And Lines.
  6. In the Color box, click Fill Effects.
  7. On the Pattern tab, click Large Grid, and then click OK twice.


For more information about inserting patterns in Microsoft Excel, click Contents And Index on the Help menu, click the Index tab in Microsoft Excel Help, type the following text
Patterns, in cells
and then double-click the selected text. Then double-click the "Shade cells with patterns" topic. If you are unable to find the information you need, ask the Office Assistant.


Article ID: 187563 - Last Review: October 9, 2013 - Revision: 2.1
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97 Standard Edition
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