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TechNote #24: Last modified: 10/20/99
Last reviewed: 10/20/99

HP LaserJet Printers, Microsoft Word for Windows 6.0, and MathType 3.0x

The information in this document applies to:

MathType 3.0 (Win)

Microsoft Word 6.0 (Win)

MathType 3.0d is the first version of MathType which provides macros compatible with the changes in Word for Windows 6.0's Word Basic as well as OLE 2.0 equations.

These problems have been fixed in the latest version of MathType. We highly recommend you upgrade your copy of MathType.

Microsoft Word 6.0 for Windows and Hewlett-Packard LaserJet printers

Microsoft Word 6.0 sometimes crops MathType equations too closely when using a HP LaserJet printer. These equations appear fine on the screen as well in Print Preview, but clip off individual characters from one or more sides of the equation. The cropping can occur on either side of the equations or the top or bottom.

We have corrected this problem with MathType versions 3.0e and later. If you are experiencing cropping of characters from the edges of your equations, you may wish to consider updating your copy of MathType.

There are two workarounds to this problem for older versions. They are:

  1. Change the cropped boundaries of each equation not printing correctly.
  1. Select the equation in MS Word 6.0
  2. Select Picture from the Format menu of Word.
  3. Change the “Crop from:” amount on the side of the equation not printing to a negative number (i.e. -.1)


  1. Change your printer driver options to “Print TrueType as Graphics”.
  1. Select Print Setup from the File menu of Word.
  2. Click the Options button.
  3. Check the “Print TrueType as Graphics” checkbox.
  4. Click OK.

Note: Checking the “Print TrueType as Graphics” checkbox will slow down the printing of the document and is not always compatible with HP Series II LaserJet printers without extra RAM.

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