Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Black and White Blues.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 14, 2017)
Excel allows you to create a colorful masterpiece on your screen. What you get when you print, however, depends entirely on the printer you are using. Some black-and-white printers do a great job of translating colors into shades of gray. Others, however, leave quite a bit to be desired in their output.
If you are having problems printing color Excel information on your black-and-white printer, try these steps:
Figure 1. The Sheet tab of the Page Setup dialog box.
You are now ready to print, and you should do so as you normally would. You should notice a marked improvement in your printer output.
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