PPT2002: Graph Axis and Text Not Printed When You Use Grayscale Printing

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When you print a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation that contains a Microsoft Graph chart, the text on the chart axis may be printed in white. This may cause the text to not appear at all when printed.


This problem may occur if either of the following conditions is true:
  • You manually change the presentation master by changing the text to a light color and the background to a dark color.

  • You select a template that has light-colored text and a dark-colored background, and you then add a graph to any slide layout other than a chart (object) layout.


To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Office XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
307841 OFFXP: How to Obtain the Latest Office XP Service Pack
The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version      Size        File name
   28-JAN-2002  19:27  n/a          5,464,576   Powerpnt_Admin.msp
   28-JAN-2002  19:08  n/a          2,979,940   Powerpnt.msp

After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version      Size        File name     
   22-JAN-2002  23:32  10.0.3723.0  10,582,344  Powerpnt.exe

NOTE: This hotfix only prevents you from creating new graphs that have this problem. The hotfix does not correct presentations that you already created. To correct presentations that contain this problem, use the macro in the "Temporary Workaround" section of this article.

Temporary Workaround

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To temporarily work around this problem, use the following Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications macro. The macro changes all graph objects in your presentation to print in inverse grayscale.
Sub FixGraphPrintingProblem()

    Dim sld As Slide
    Dim sha As Shape
    For Each sld In ActivePresentation.Slides
        For Each sha In sld.Shapes
            If sha.Type = msoEmbeddedOLEObject Then
                If LCase(sha.OLEFormat.ProgID) = "msgraph.chart.8" Then
                    sha.BlackWhiteMode = msoBlackWhiteInverseGrayScale
                End If
            End If
        Next sha
    Next sld

End Sub
NOTE: Microsoft also provides a PowerPoint add-in that you can download that corrects existing graphs in your presentations. This add-in only updates graphs that contain text and lines that are lighter than the background. For additional information about the PowerPoint 2002 FixGraph Add-in, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
318130 PPT2002: Add-in to Correct Black and White Printing for Graphs


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 2 (SP-2).
Note This is a "FAST PUBLISH" article created directly from within the Microsoft support organization. The information contained herein is provided as-is in response to emerging issues. As a result of the speed in making it available, the materials may include typographical errors and may be revised at any time without notice. See Terms of Use for other considerations.


Article ID: 314278 - Last Review: October 25, 2013 - Revision: 1.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 Standard Edition
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