View on screen is B&W even tho I color the font, lines,

windynights

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Excel 2003, Windows XP part of MS Office Basic Edition, Version 11.5612.5703: Does anybody have any idea why - I do not see the font/cell/gridline *colors* on my screen? They will PRINT in color. I can also "print preview" and see color, but for some reason, when I am working with an active spreadsheet, it always shows up in black and white!

Strangly, when I am typing in a cell, I can even see the color that the font is 'supposed to be', but once I finish typing the cell, it becomes black & white.

I have searched and searched. I have Excel at work and am very able to set the colors. It helps me when working with long detailed spreadsheets. But at home, on XP, all I can see is B&W.

I have no trouble seeing color in PowerPoint, Word, or any other program.
 

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vconfused

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Re: View on screen is B&W even tho I color the font, lin

A long shot, but if you go to Start->Control Panel, double-click Accessibility Options (or click Switch to Classic View) then double-click Accessibility Options, click on the Display tab, is "Use High Contract" checked?
 

windynights

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Re: View on screen is B&W even tho I color the font, lin

Yes, "Use High Contrast" is checked under accessibility options.

Should it not be?

One of the weirdest things is that - if I log in under my daughter's account, her Excel works just fine. I can see all the colors on the screen. It is just the Excel I reach through *my* account - that only shows up in B&W. Do you think I need to reload the software? That is all I can think of to do.

thanks -
 

windynights

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Re: View on screen is B&W even tho I color the font, lin

YOU FIXED IT!!! YES. When I took the check off of "high contrast" under accessibility options, NOW I can see colors in Excel!! And My Email in Outlook Express is showing color too now!

THANK YOU SO MUCH. I am so glad you took that "long shot"!!

VERY GRATEFUL!
 

vconfused

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Re: View on screen is B&W even tho I color the font, lin

Glad we could help :)
 

Samuel1101

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iew on screen is B&W even tho I color the font, lines,

I had black and white only on my screen for Excel charts. I went into the control panel, accessibility options, and the I had the color set on "high resolution" the box was checked, I changed it, unchecked it, hit apply, and I TOO NOW HAVE COLOR ON EXCEL CHARTS. THANKS.

Sam Pierce
Fayetteville, NC
 

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