WD2002: Excel Worksheet Object with Color Text Is Printed Black

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SYMPTOMS

When you copy text that has been formatted to a color other than black from a Microsoft Excel 2002 document, and then paste the text into a Microsoft Word document as an Excel Worksheet object, the text prints as black. This problem also occurs if you insert a worksheet into a Word document through the Insert menu as an object, and then print the resulting Word document.

RESOLUTION

Service Pack Information

This problem is corrected in Office XP Service Pack 3.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 How to obtain the latest Office XP Service Pack

Hotfix Information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date           Time  Version    Size       File name     
   -------------------------------------------------------
   21-Feb-2003   20:57             5,681,184  Winword.msp
   21-Feb-2003   21:40             6,637,612  Winwordff.msp
				
After the hotfix is installed, the English version of this fix will have the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date           Time  Version    Size       File name     
   -------------------------------------------------------
   21-Feb-2003  01:20  10.0.5018.0    10,603,080  Winword.exe
				
Note This fix does not resolve the issue of the text printing in black instead of printing in the text color that it was formatted to. This fix only fixes the appearance of the text color as it appears in the document.

This fix is a post-Office XP Service Pack 2 (SP-2) fix. To install the fix, you must have Office XP SP-2 installed. For additional information about Office XP SP-2, click the following article number to see the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
325671 OFFXP: Overview of the Office XP Service Pack 2
Additionally, you may have to install Windows Installer 2.0 to install this fix. For additional information about the Windows Installer requirement for post-Office XP SP-2 fixes, click the following article number to see the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
330537 OFFXP: Office XP Updates and Patches Released After September 2002 May Require Windows Installer 2.0

WORKAROUND

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

Method 1: Set Your Color Printer as Your Default Printer

For Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me)

Make your color printer the default printer before you start Word. To do so, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Printers.
  2. Right-click your installed color printer, and then click Set as default printer.

    Note A check mark appears on your printer icon when your printer is set as the default printer.
  3. Close the Printers dialog box.

For Microsoft Windows XP

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Printers and Faxes.
  2. Right-click your installed color printer, and then click Set as default printer.

    Note A check mark appears on your printer icon when your printer is set as the default printer.
  3. Close the Printers and Faxes window.

Method 2: Paste the Excel Worksheet Object as Formatted Text (RTF)

Paste your Excel Worksheet object as Formatted Text (RTF). To do so, follow these steps:

Note These steps assume that you are working with a Word document that has an Excel Worksheet object already inserted in the document.
  1. Click to select your Microsoft Excel Worksheet object.
  2. On the Edit menu, click Cut.
  3. On the Edit menu, click Paste Special.
  4. In the Paste Special dialog box, click to select Formatted Text (RTF), and then click OK.

STATUS

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 Office XP Service Pack 3.

Properties

Article ID: 331492 - Last Review: February 1, 2007 - Revision: 3.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Excel 2002 Service Pack 1 (SP-1)
  • Microsoft Excel 2002 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Word 2002 Service Pack 1 (SP-1)
  • Microsoft Word 2002 Service Pack 2
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