PPT2000: Shapes with Background Fill Print Black When Slide Background is a Gradient Fill

ID: Q226571

The information in this article applies to:


When you apply the Background fill type to an autoshape with a slide background fill as a gradient fill of type From Corner or From Title and you print the slide to a PCL based printer with the Grayscale option not selected, the autoshape prints out solid black.

NOTE: This happens even if the PCL based printer prints in color. This only occurs on Windows 9x, and it does not occur when you print from PowerPoint on Windows NT.


If a non-PCL based printer driver is available and the printer can support that format, for example a driver using PostScript, then use that driver to printer.

Otherwise, format the background of the slide to use a different gradient fill. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. On the Format menu, click Background.

  2. From the Background Fill Color list, click Fill effects.

  3. Select a gradient fill other than From Corner or From Title, and click OK.

  4. For one slide, click Apply.

    For every slide in the presentation, click Apply to all.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.

Additional query words: PPT2K PPT2000 PPT POWERPNT 2000 PPT9 9.0

Keywords          : kbprint kbdta 
Version           : WINDOWS:2000
Platform          : WINDOWS 
Issue type        : kbbug 

Last Reviewed: June 28, 1999