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OFF2000: Missing Parts or Changed Fill When Pasting AutoShapes

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When you copy an AutoShape from any of the programs listed at the beginning of this article, and then paste the AutoShape into a program that is not included in Microsoft Office 2000, you may notice one or more of the following problems:
One or more of the edges of the pasted AutoShape may be missing. For example, one edge of a star may be missing.
If the copied AutoShape contains a patterned fill, the pasted AutoShape may contain a solid color fill.
If the copied AutoShape contains a textured fill, the textured fill may "leak" out of the pasted AutoShape and fill a rectangular area centered around the AutoShape.

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These problems may occur when you copy an AutoShape, and then paste it into either of the following programs:
Corel Draw 6.x
Quarterdeck HiJaak PRO for Windows 95

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You may be able to work around these problems by first pasting the AutoShape into another program, such as Microsoft Paint. If you then copy the AutoShape from Paint and paste it into another program, the problems described in the "Symptoms" section in this article may not occur.

Note that using this method converts the AutoShape from an enhanced metafile (.emf) into a bitmap (.bmp). After this conversion occurs, it may not be possible to perform certain functions with the converted AutoShape.

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In the programs included in Office, an AutoShape is stored as an enhanced metafile (.emf). If you copy an AutoShape and paste it into another program, the other program may incorrectly handle the copied .emf file. As a result, the pasted AutoShape may appear differently than the original AutoShape. These problems may also occur if you use the Paste Special command (if available) to paste the copied AutoShape into another program.

This problem occurs when you paste enhanced metafiles such as AutoShapes, into certain programs. The problem does not occur when you paste an AutoShape into any of the programs included in Office.

The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.

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Keywords: KB205490, kbprb

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Article ID : 205490
Revision : 3
Created on : 11/13/2003
Published on : 11/13/2003
Exists online : False
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