Images Won't Print

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 30, 2015)


When Rick draws a flow chart and adds a text box, it appears fine on his screen, but when he tries to print it, it's totally blank. Also, when Rick receives a Word document with an image inserted, it doesn't show or print either. He wonders why he can't get the images to print.

Word allows you to control what does or doesn't print with your document—at least for some elements, such as graphics. Here's how you can make sure that Word will send those images to the printer as you expect"

  1. Display the Word Options dialog box. (In Word 2007 click the Office button and then click Word Options. In Word 2010 or Word 2013 display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. Click Advanced at the left of the dialog box.
  3. Scroll down until you see the section entitled Print. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Printing options for Word.

  5. Make sure the Use Draft Quality option is cleared.
  6. Click Display at the left of the dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
  7. Figure 2. The Display options for Word.

  8. Make sure the Print Drawings Created in Word check box is selected.
  9. Make sure the Print Background Colors and Images check box is selected.
  10. Click OK.

Now you should be able to print your document and your images should print fine. If they don't print and the images are inline (as opposed to floating), it is possible that they are formatted as Hidden. You can discover if that is the case by choosing the Print Hidden Text option just after step 7, above, and then printing your document again.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2018-02-13 08:56:43


So helpful. Thanks for this page. I was trying to print a document that had bubbles with words on the inside, and sometimes when I printed, the bubbles were gone but the text was there. Other times, nothing would print. After reading this article, all issues were resolved. Thanks so much!!!

2018-02-06 06:53:00

judi antonelli

Mine is still printing blank ..... in 2013 Word Perfect.....I did all the above .....

2017-12-22 08:41:05


For me, only part of the images were printing even though they looked fine in Print Preview. It turns out that the original images themselves were horizontal. Even though they appeared vertical when I pasted them, the printer was reading (??) the images as horizontal and, thus, only printing parts of the picture (ie. if you lined up a vertical box and a horizontal box by upper left corners, only the overlapping section of the picture would print).

I opted to do the workaround of just taking a "picture of my picture" with the Snipping Tool and using that, as it was a piece of correspondence mail that did not require excellent graphics. However, I need to figure out how to make sure my image is saved in a vertical (Picture rather than Landscape) format... but that might have to wait for another day :(

2017-11-26 21:38:33


Wow, thank you.

I had a case where I had an image and some text boxes placed on top of it in a specific order in order to produce a certain effect. In preview and draft mode it appeared and printed fine. But when I went to print in "normal" mode, the text boxes either did not all print, or printed out of order, so that there was large blank space on top of my image.

I tried all kinds of "Send to Back"/"Send to Front", in front/behind text, grouping, etc., combinations to no avail. Then I found your post - the "Print Background Colors and Images" option proved to be the trick. Turning it on worked wonders, saved my hair and multiple sheets of card stock. Whew!

Many thanks.
Word 2010, Win10, old Dell Latitude & an HP OfficeJet.

2017-04-15 06:09:02


Worked a treat. Thank you very much.

2017-02-16 10:28:28


Word 2010 Office Professional...Just had to restore my PC, and ever since...if I am in Nitro Pro PDF and I "screen shot" an image and paste it into Word, and it's within the Borders (left to right, and top to bottom) and looks mint in Print Preview...when I PRINT the Docx Word blows it up and the entire image is distorted and the far right and bottom do not print on the page...HELP.

2017-02-07 01:35:02

Marie Smith

All of this have not yet solved my problem.

2016-12-15 11:03:47

Bill W

Forgot this is only solution for Word 365. Had to rediscover my own comment. But it's a real bug and pdf is only solution.

2016-11-23 16:56:09

Bill W

Word 2016 same problem, on two different brand printers. Tried every suggestion on this page, no luck. Finally converted to pdf and successfully printed jpgs.

2016-11-01 00:31:56


Worked perfectly. I had logo inserted into a Word doc that stopped printing, possibly after I downloaded some Windows Updates. Many thanks.

2016-08-23 09:54:45


I found another cause. A drawing with items outside the canvas area caused a problem with images following it in the document. They were visible in print preview, but would not print. Wasted a lot of paper til i worked this out!

2016-07-24 22:35:48


still doesn't work bud

2016-06-12 08:45:18


i converted it to PDF. it printed images then, although scaling wasn't right

2016-06-09 20:08:54

Dana Waters

I did all the above and still no jpgs (that I cut/pasted) printed.
Other ideas?

2016-05-12 01:02:12


None of these steps helped. What else could the problem be?

2016-04-28 01:36:16


Word 2013. I have done everything recommended above and still the pictures/figures will not print when I try to do high quality printing (standard size -- 8.5x11). If I select regular paper and standard quality, they print -- but that doesn't work for photo books -- is there some other option that lets me do what I used to do before Word got so picky? All the pictures/figures were .jpg that I cut and pasted --
Thank you for any assistance you can give.

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