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Printing II: Work with color commands

Black and white or color slides
Examine the color choices for printing your Microsoft Office PowerPoint presentations, ranging from color to rich shades of gray (grayscale) to simple black and white. Also, hide items or background graphics when they're not needed on a printout.

About this course

This course includes:

  • One self-paced lesson and one practice session for hands-on experience.
  • A test (not scored) at the end of the lesson.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Choose the color command that's appropriate for printing your presentation.
  • Select a specific grayscale setting for the slide background or for an object on the slide.
  • Keep items on the slide from printing.
  • Keep background graphics from printing.

Before you begin

This is the second of two courses. The first one, Printing I: Know your options, explains how to print slides, handouts, and notes, and how to extend your printing options by using Microsoft Word.

You can print your presentations in full color, in shades of gray, or in basic black and white. Find out which choice suits your printer, and which is best for you.

Get to know the color menu, where you can see what your choices are, and what their results will look like.

For black and white printing, customize your grayscale settings to get the best look for all items on the slide — or to hide some items from printing at all. Hide background graphics from printing regardless of your color menu choice.

To get the specifics, read this page fully. Then click Next to start.

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