[Solved] Page with 2 frames does not print

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[Solved] Page with 2 frames does not print

Postby Villeroy » Wed May 06, 2020 9:06 pm

The attached file looks OK in print preview but prints a blank sheet of paper. The only warning is the empty preview in the printer dialog. If I want to print it on paper, I have to export PDF and print that. What's wrong with it? It is the result of a mail merge but the original document has the same problem.
Tested with OpenOffice 4.1, LIbreOffice 6.0, 6.4 on Linux
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Re: Page with 2 frames does not print

Postby RoryOF » Wed May 06, 2020 9:17 pm

In print dialog, on OpenOffice Writer tab, try checking "Pictures and other graphic objects".

 Edit: The frames seem to be set up by direct formatting, and don't respond well to modification of the Frame Style. 
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Re: Page with 2 frames does not print

Postby Villeroy » Wed May 06, 2020 10:32 pm

RoryOF wrote:In print dialog, on OpenOffice Writer tab, try checking "Pictures and other graphic objects".

 Edit: The frames seem to be set up by direct formatting, and don't respond well to modification of the Frame Style. 

I removed the border from the style. The border makes no difference. It's not wrapping nor anchor nor z-order.
Anchor as character makes a difference.
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Re: Page with 2 frames does not print

Postby floris v » Wed May 06, 2020 10:33 pm

Confirmed, with Print graphics and objects turned on.
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Re: Page with 2 frames does not print

Postby Villeroy » Wed May 06, 2020 10:42 pm

floris v wrote:Confirmed, with Print graphics and objects turned on.

When did I turn off that option and why? It was turned off and I can print the frames with any anchor setting if it is on. However, the frames do print when I anchor them as character while "print images and objects" is off.
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Re: Page with 2 frames does not print

Postby RoryOF » Wed May 06, 2020 10:48 pm

Strange that it should have been turned off. Printing when anchored as character - I assume that for some reason this tags the frame internally in the file as a character, and hence applies character printing permissions/protocols to it. A look with MRI might be revealing - but I am now going to bed!
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Re: Page with 2 frames does not print

Postby John_Ha » Wed May 06, 2020 11:44 pm

Villeroy wrote:The attached file looks OK in print preview but prints a blank sheet of paper. The only warning is the empty preview in the printer dialog.

Does the same with LO 6.3.5.2.

Adding some text out of the frames prints the added text but not the frames.

Note that r-click a frame > Frame > Options > shows Print is ticked. Unticking and re-ticking did not fix it.

The only time it prints is when Anchored AS a character.

RoryOF wrote:In print dialog, on OpenOffice Writer tab, try checking "Pictures and other graphic objects".

That fixes it!

I then used AOO and created a new, empty text document. Insert > File ..., and pulled in the file. Both frames then printed.

So, my bet is the mail merge unticked it in the .odt file. Strangely, doing the usual "remove tangles by inserting the problem document into a clean new document" worked its usual magic and the print dialog "Pictures and other graphic objects" was now ticked.
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Re: Page with 2 frames does not print

Postby John_Ha » Thu May 07, 2020 12:55 am

Villeroy wrote:However, the frames do print when I anchor them as character while "print images and objects" is off.

That could be because Anchoring AS a character actually defines the frame as a character, and not a frame, so the character prints.
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