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When you attempt to print a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation that contains a Lotus Freelance 97 graphic as a metafile with gradient colors, the gradient colors in the foreground are not printed as expected, although their backgrounds are printed.
This behavior occurs when you print the slide on a PostScript printer. The metafile implements the gradient colors by using a technique that is not supported by PostScript printers.
To work around this issue, follow these steps:
Right-click the inserted graphic, point to Grouping, and then click Ungroup. When prompted about whether you want to convert the object, click Yes.
Select individual elements within the graphic and edit them as needed by using the tools on the Drawing toolbar.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.
For more information about editing imported graphics, click Microsoft PowerPoint Help on the Help menu, type troubleshoot pictures in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.