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TechNote #66: Last modified: 03/14/02
Last reviewed: 03/14/02

Greek Characters Clipped when Printing from Microsoft Office 97 under Windows NT 

The information in this document applies to:

MathType 4.0 (Win)
MathType 3.5 (Win)

Microsoft Word 97
Microsoft Excel 97
Microsoft PowerPoint 97

Many PostScript printers

Microsoft Windows NT 4.x


Many users find when they print out documents containing Greek characters, that parts of the equation appear clipped or cut off.


The Greek characters in the in Microsoft Office documents may appear clipped if you are running under Windows NT with Microsoft Office 97 products when printing to a PostScript printer.

The problem affects all the Microsoft Office 97 products but does not occur in any of the prior versions of Microsoft Office, or Office 2000 or XP, and does not occur under Windows 95, 98, Me, or 2000.


There are two strategies you can use to work around this error: changing your printing environment or using the Adobe PostScript printer driver.

Changing your printing environment

  1. Switch to a non-PostScript printer or non-PostScript printer driver.
  2. Switch to Windows 95, 98, 2000, or Me.
  3. Switch to Office 95, 2000, or XP.

Using Adobe printer drivers

A less drastic solution is to use the Adobe PostScript printer driver.  You can download the Adobe PostScript printer driver from Adobe's website and you will not have to change your printer, version of Windows, or version of Microsoft Office.

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