Transparent objects in earlier versions of Office

Transparent objects and graphics might not appear properly in earlier versions of Office. To make sure that objects don't appear distorted in earlier versions of Office, you can change the object's transparency to zero.

The following table describes how objects with transparency look in some earlier versions of Office. Objects that are not listed in the table appear with transparency.

Version

Operating system

How transparency looks

Microsoft Office 2001 or earlier

Mac OS

Transparency is removed for any fill that is not a solid color (such as gradient, picture, or texture fills) and for transparency applied to pictures.

Object with transparency removed

If an object has a solid color fill, the fill changes to a pattern fill. For example, if an object's fill is set to 50% transparency, the object's fill in earlier versions is a 50% pattern fill.

Objects with pattern fill

Transparency applied to other coloring, such as lines and shadows, reverts to a 50% semi-transparent pattern fill.

Object with semi-transparent pattern fill

Microsoft Office 2000 or earlier

Windows

Transparency is removed for any fill that is not a solid color (such as gradient, picture, or texture fills) and for transparency applied to pictures.

Object with transparency removed

If an object has a solid color fill, the fill changes to a pattern fill. For example, if an object's fill is set to 50% transparency, the object's fill in earlier versions is a 50% pattern fill.

Objects with pattern fill

Transparency applied to other coloring, such as lines and shadows, reverts to a 50% semi-transparent pattern fill.

Object with semi-transparent pattern fill

See also

Change the color, transparency, or recolor a picture

Add or change the fill color

Turn off Compatibility Report

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