Use these links to navigate the FAQ:

Problem: extra blank lines appear in text after merge (PowerPoint 2007)

Problem: Older versions of Merge don't work with tables in PowerPoint 2007

All about Merge index page


Microsoft MVP Logo

Problem: Pictures merged with PIC:name turn into colored boxes

This problem is fixed in all versions of Merge from August 2008 onward.

PowerPoint gives you odd results if you assign certain shadow settings to a picture.

You can verify this yourself by inserting a picture then applying various shadow settings. Some work, some simply don't. If your default autoshape formatting is set to use one of the non-working shadow settings, it will cause merged pictures to turn into colored boxes or have other odd effects.

Luckily, this is easy to correct:

Use the Download link on this page to download and install the latest version of Merge, which automatically removes shadows from pictures when they're of types that will cause problems.

If you don't have time to do that right now, here's the workaround:

Now when you do your merge, all should be well.

If you need shadows on the pictures, that can still be done. You just need to choose a shadow style that won't make PPT go lightheaded.

You can figure out which ones work by inserting a picture and trying the various shadow settings. It should be obvious which ones work with pictures and which don't.

[Previous] [Home] [Next]