I created a word.doc catalogue of 5 rows with 4 images withcaptions underneath on each row, (the size of each image is 4.9cm). For some reason several images but not all, come out as a big black square, but the text in each case was OK. Attempt 1: insert refilled HP57 colour cartridge: same result. Attempt 2: insert brand new HP57 colour cartridge: same result. In both cases the (forced) test print alignment page was 100% OK. Attempt 3: bingo: a handy work around for anyone interested, solved the immediate problem, but not the stated problem: download freeware pdf converter (primo pdf) and convert/print to computer file as katalog.pdf. This printed out OK tho. quality not as good as word.doc. Anyone know reason for black squares in word.doc?
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Re: printing black squares in word.doc
It sounds like this is an HP driver issue. HP drivers have built-in "optimizations" (that unfortunately have bugs) for things like printing photos. Different programs (word, for example) try to take advantage of these optimizations in different ways. When they work, they give superior photo printing (faster, with more accurate color). When they don't, you get black squares.
This is why "converting" it to PDF worked for you -- Word printed it through the PDF driver instead of the HP printer driver, then when you printed the PDF file, that program avoided those optimizations when it sent the images to the printer. Unfortunately, the translation caused quality loss.
If your goal was to print out something like a "proof-sheet" of photos, you might try the free photo organizer at www.preclick.com. It will print these for you, captions and everything, and should be able to avoid the driver issues.
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Most of the squares you make will be tilted 45 degrees to the side, and their sizes will vary as well.
Start by looking for pins you can connect to create squares at a diagonal.
You want more specifics? All right, here's the location of one of the squares. Connect the four pins in the top-left corner to form a tiny square.
Just so you know, this is the only square on the board that isn't tilted.
The largest square contains the pin that's third from the top on the left column and the bottom pin from the far-right column.
You also need to form a small diagonal block using the two pins lined up diagonally on the bottom-left portion of the board. There are two more small squares just like this one on the board.
For square 1, use pins 1 and 2 from row 1, and pins 1 and 2 from row 2.
Square 2 uses pin 1 from row 4, pins 1 and 3 from row 5 and pin 1 from row 6.
Square 3 has pin 3 from row 3, pins 2 and 4 from row 4 and pin 4 from row 5.
Square 4 is formed with pin 5 from row 1, pins 4 and 6 from row 2 and pin 4 in row 3.
Square 5 involves pin 3 from row 1, pin 5 in row 2, pin 2 in row 3 and pin 3 in row 4.
Square 6 has pin 3 in row 2, pin 5 in row 3, pin 2 in row 5 and pin 3 in row 6.
Square 7 uses pin 4 in row 1, pin 1 in row 3, pin 5 from row 4 and pin 2 in row 6.
Set your scanner to scan at 600dpi. That will give you a 8x12 image at 300dpi (print quality- your image never needs to be more than 300dpi).
Then use your favourite image editor to crop the image to 8x10. If you don't have a favourite image editor, XNView (free) will do it: http://www.xnview.com/
-Open the image in XNView -Right click on the image, select "Set Selection Ratio --> 5:4" -With your left mouse button, drag a square on the image...this will automatically scale so it chops the unwanted 2" off -When the square is selecting the bit you want to keep, select "Edit --> Crop" -Then we need to change the image from 600dpi to 300 dpi: -Select "Image --> Resize" -Uncheck the "Resample" and "Keep print size" -"Keep ratio" should be checked -Change the 600 in the "Units" box to 300; the setting unit should be "Pixels per Inch" -Print
I understand the you excel file has data that is stored column wise. Well you can first convert the column wise data to row wise data and then import it to you word.
To convert the column wise data to row wise data. 1.Select the data in your worksheet. 2.Right Click -> Copy 3.Create a blank worksheet. 4.Goto Edit - > Paste Special 5.Check the Transponse Option 6.Press OK.
Now you have converted your column wise data to row wise data and now u can import it to your word and print mailing labels