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Eliminate backgrounds for faster PowerPoint printouts Apps
This hint certainly is obvious for some, but i didn't think of it at first. If printing from PowerPoint is painfully slow, try changing the background into white (or any other color) if a background picture or a fill effect is used.

This can be done either by Format -> Slide Background, or by eliminating the background picture from the master (assuming a master was used) under View -> Master -> Slide Master.

[robg adds: I thought PowerPoint had an option in its print setup to not print backgrounds, but that doesn't seem to be the case (perhaps it existed in the OS 9 version?). In any event, I can vouch for complex backgrounds taking nearly forever to print, even on fast printers. Disabling the background is a good solution to the problem -- however, if you've gone with a "light on dark" theme, you might have to change all of your text to dark, otherwise you'll get white on white, which is really hard to read!]
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Eliminate backgrounds for faster PowerPoint printouts
Authored by: hanieldill on Jan 28, '04 01:39:37PM

Sadly, powerpoint is my life. If you want to disable backgrounds when printing to a black & white printer just print as grayscale rather than as color. To do this select Microsoft Powepoint when the print dialogue box comes up. There you will see a menu called 'Output' which should default to 'Color'. Change it to 'Grayscale' and you slides will print much faster and without the backgrounds.

I'm on the road right now so I can't verify if it works for all printers or how to ommit backgrounds on a color printer.

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