VML BWNormal Attribute

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Defines the black-and-white mode for normal black-and-white output devices. Read/write. VgBlackWhiteMode.

Applies To


Tag Syntax

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


When BWMode is set to auto, this attribute is used to determine how to render the shape in normal black and white.

For more information about the values of this attribute, see the VgBlackWhiteMode topic. The default value is auto.

Microsoft Office Extensions Attribute


The shape is processed as a grayscale image for normal black-and-white output.

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