Pasting Enhanced Metafiles with Office 2003



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Pasting Enhanced Metafiles with Office 2003

Postby Donahue » Sat, 21 Aug 2004 23:07:32 GMT

My office uses a report template in Word and I regularly 
pastes tables from Excel into the template (pasting 
special as an enhaced metafile).

However, since we recently upgraded to Office 2003,I am 
having trouble with such pasting.

Now, when I copy and paste special all I am able to see in 
the Word template is the very bottom row of the table.  I 
can click on it and move it around and re-size it, but it 
does not show up on screen.  It also does not show up on 
print preview, but it DOES show up when I print out a hard 

A few other things to note:  

(1) I can successfully paste and enhanced metafile into a 
blank Word document (not the template) and see it just 

(2) I was able to successfully paste metafiles into the 
report template on a colleague's computer, using Office 
2000.  I saved that copy of the report to our network and 
then opened the file on my machine, using Office 2003.  I 
could then see the tables.  But when I then tried to being 
another table in, I had the same problem again.

If anyone knows what the problem is and how to work around 
it, I'd appreciate your help. 

Re: Pasting Enhanced Metafiles with Office 2003

Postby Cindy M -WordMVP- » Sun, 22 Aug 2004 18:53:08 GMT

Hi Donahue, 

Just guessing, here... but perhaps the template has become 
slightly damaged. That, or your graphics card driver may be 
glitching. Or perhaps a combination of the two :-)

Since you say it works fine in new documents, you might try 
recreating the template. Use copy/Paste to bring across 
everything EXCEPT the last paragraph mark to a new document 
and see if that works any better?

Cindy Meister
INTER-Solutions, Switzerland
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8 2004)

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Re: Pasting Enhanced Metafiles with Office 2003

Postby anonymous » Wed, 25 Aug 2004 02:19:01 GMT

Hi. Thanks for the suggestions, but unfortunately they did 
not do the trick.

The problem is happening on multiple machines in the 
office, so I don't think it's the graphics card driver.

I tried re-creating the template as you suggested, but 
that did not take care of the problem.

Thanks anyway.


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