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If you’re having trouble printing off a PowerPoint as a handout for class notes, the first thing to check is if it is really still a PowerPoint or if its been turned into a PDF. If it’s a PDF, it is what it is. If it’s still a PowerPoint you have the power to change things. If you are having trouble reading the slides because of the complicated or dark backgrounds, you can remove them before you tell them to print.

To rid yourself of a troublesome background:

1. Click on the “Design” tab to select it.


2. Click Control-A to select all the slides.

3. Put a check in the box in front of “Hide Background Graphics.”

BackgroundMost of the time this will straighten out the issue, but sometimes it doesn’t work. Here’s one more trick to try.

4. If you are still having issues after you tell it to hide backgrounds, you can change the background to white under the drop down “Background Styles” menu right above where you checked the box and be sure to choose “Pure Black and White” under print options when you print.

If none of this helps and you still have problems, or if you want walked through it in person, contact the library.

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.