VML BWMode Attribute

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Determines how a shape will render for black-and-white output devices. Read/write. VgBlackWhiteMode.

Applies To


Tag Syntax

<v: element o:bwmode=" expression ">


When a shape is printed on a black-and-white printer or displayed in a black-and-white view in an application, several options are possible. For more information about the values of this attribute, see the VgBlackWhiteMode topic. The default value is auto.

If auto is specified, BWNormal is used to determine the behavior for normal black-and-white output, and BWPure is used to determine the behavior for pure black-and-white output.

Microsoft Office Extensions Attribute


The black-and-white mode of the shape is auto.

   <v:rect id="myrect" fillcolor="red" o:bwmode="auto"

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