Friday, September 26, 2008

Black box printing instead of image in Word

If you're trying to print a Microsoft Word document that has images in it, but those images are printing out as black boxes instead, it could be caused by a couple of things. The first to check would be to make sure you're allowing drawing objects to be printer. To do this, go to Tools->Options, then select Print and see if Draft mode is checked. If it is, uncheck that box. Also make sure "Drawing Objects" is checked.

Another possibility could be outdated printer drivers. Most printer manufacturers release new drivers on a regular basis, so anytime you're having printer problems, that's a good place to start. Go to your printer manufacturers webpage and search for your printer model. Usually the driver downloads are located within the manufacturers support pages. Find the driver compatible with your printer and whatever system you're using, download, install, and then try printing again.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The problem isn't the printer driver. It's a bug in MS Word 2007 and higher. Microsoft knows about it, they just either don't know how to fix it or don't care about fixing it. Typical of the concern and consideration Microsft gives its customers--NADA.

Anonymous said...

Solution:
Choose "Format picture" then "Compress" (any option)
It will convert images to windows bitmap and will print correctly

Anonymous said...

^Brilliant, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Great fix. Thanks very much!!