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350 pages of tables in Word8 could also be part of the problem you're
having. (In fact, I'm surprised you didn't mention anything about Word
GPFing.) Another idea, beside the most excellent PDFing idea, is this:
I suggest using the background-image technology of Word97.
1 On the Format menu, point to Background, and then click Fill
2 When you get to the Fill Effects dialog box, click the Picture
3 On the Picture tab, click Select Picture.
Otherwise, I would consider converting using the Table to Text feature
to alleviate some of the table-structuring information that must be sent
to the printer from Word.
sakson & taylor inc
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wilcox, John (WWC, Contractor) [SMTP:wilcoxj -at- WDNI -dot- COM]
> Sent: Thursday, April 02, 1998 11:51 AM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: Re: Printing graphics
> > ----------
> > From: Beth Friedman[SMTP:bjf -at- wavefront -dot- com]
> > I have a Word 97 document that consists entirely of tables -- it was
> > generated by performing a merge operation. Behind the table, there
> > needs to be a graphic. Right now, I'm handling this by putting the
> > graphic on the header page. After some initial difficulties (I had
> > turn off background printing, autosave, and printer spooling), the
> > document prints just fine. But it prints _very_ slowly -- about
> > minutes per page. Since I have about 350 pages to print and I need
> > this tomorrow, I'm running out of time.
> > Is there any way to download the graphic to the printer and make it
> > resident, so that it prints on every page, without having to send
> > graphic to the printer every page (I assume that's what's making it
> > print so slowly)?
> > I'm running Windows 95, and I'm printing to an HP 4MP, using the
> > PostScript driver. Taking the document out of Word isn't really an
> > option at this point, unless someone _knows_ that there'll be a
> > improvement with something else.
> 1. I don't know about downloading the graphic.
> 2. If you have Acrobat, try printing the doc to a PS file, running it
> through Distiller, and printing from Reader.
> 3. You didn't say how much memory your printer has. You may need more
> to speed up printing.
> 4. Make sure your printer setup under Win95 reflects the actual memory
> in the printer. To find out how much is there, print a test page form
> the printer's menu (not from the Print Test Page button in the
> Properties dialog in the Control Panel -- that doesn't give any useful
> info). Let me know if you need further help determining or
> the memory.
> John Wilcox, Documentation Specialist
> Timberlands Information Services, Application Delivery Group
> Weyerhaeuser, WWC 2E2, Box 2999
> Tacoma, WA 98477-2999 USA
> 253-924-7972 mailto:wilcoxj -at- wdni -dot- com
> (I don't speak for Weyerhaeuser, and they return the favor.)
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