Why do dashed lines appear solid when embeding?


Paul Schulte

I prepare technical illustrations and have noticed that when I embedd a Visio
object into a Word Document and the object has a dashed or dotted line the
line shows up as solid. This is disconcerting and has recently caused me to
loose 1 1/2 weeks work on illustrating, as without this information the
sketches can not be used.



Mark Nelson [MS]

Sometimes this is caused by a complex shape or diagram. Dashed line
patterns are expensive to define in metafiles, so shapes that are too
complex get changed to solid lines.




Hi Mark,

I came across your reply when searching for a solution to a recent problem I had with Word 2010. Basically when I tried to paste an Excel 2010 graph with a dashed line into Word 2010 it was converted to a thick solid line (or more accurately a much fatter version of the dashed line that looked solid). I searched the web and found a relevant article on Visio 2003 at the Microsoft Support website: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/837294/en-us. However, when trying to implement the solution in the post, I could not find the corresponding Registry entry for Excel 2010 (i.e., HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Excel\Application) - there is no "Application"under the 14.0\Excel\.

May I ask whether there is an updated solution for this?

Many thanks,

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