QUESTION: hi Suzanne,how've you been?

I'm copying a bunch of stuff from a website called "Home and Learn". It is very well done, teaching how to use Excel VBA.
The material contains text and boxes, whether they are tables or text boxes, I can't tell.
My problem is that the print-out gives normal results for the text but the contents of the boxes are illegible.
What can I do to make the print-out of  the boxes a legible one?
I use Word 2010 and Windows 7.



ANSWER: What's the URL of one of the pages? I'll take a look and see what I can figure out.

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QUESTION: Thank you, Suzanne, for your prompt reply.

The URL is
The screen shows "Excel VB Programming".
A menu appears on the left side of the screen.
Open the second item “Getting Started”.
A menu appears; click on “Watch A Macro Being Recorded". Scroll  down on the first page to see the contents.You can scroll through the entire section to see about 12 graphics, all inside of borders.
I printed the section and found all graphics to be legible.

Return to the  home page, move down to “Programming Loops” and choose “The Cells Property”. In this section, scroll down to see the contents. There are 3 graphics, all within borders.
When printed, all 3 graphics were of poor quality, and could barely be read.
So that is the problem.
The text outside the boxes was perfectly clear.

Thanks for your interest.


Thanks for your very clear instructions, which I printed out and followed. Unfortunately, the graphics on the "Cells Property" page printed clearly for me from both laser and inkjet printers, so the bottom line is that I can't reproduce your problem--at least not when printing directly from the website.

Your initial question suggested you were pasting content into Word and printing, which could make a difference, but when I pasted the images into a Word 2010 document and printed, I got an even clearer result (since the images were larger). Because they are screen shots, the text represents the pixels on the screen, and the Courier New text in the VBA code listings is not as clear as the text in Excel itself, but it's all quite legible.

So I'm afraid since I can't reproduce the problem, I can't offer any suggestions. I did check to see what the file format of the images is; they're all GIFs, so there should be no difference in clarity.
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Suzanne S. Barnhill


I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

Rotary Club of Fairhope, Friends of the Fairhope Public Library

B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

Awards and Honors
Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award every year since 1999; many Rotary honors

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