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PictureFormat.OriginalColorsInPalette Property

Office 2007
Returns a Long that represents the number of colors in the specified linked picture's palette. Read-only.



expression   A variable that represents an PictureFormat object.

Return Value


This property only applies to linked pictures or OLE objects that are not TrueColor (that is, they contain color data of less than 24 bits per channel.) Returns "Permission Denied" for shapes representing embedded or pasted pictures and OLE objects, or linked pictures that are TrueColor.

Use either of the following properties to determine whether a shape represents a linked picture:

Use the OriginalIsTrueColor property to determine whether a linked picture contains color data of 24 bits per channel or greater.


The following example returns a list of all pictures in the active publication that are not TrueColor. The number of colors in each picture's palette is returned, and if the picture is linked and the linked picture is not TrueColor, the number of colors in its palette is also returned.

Visual Basic for Applications
Sub PictureColorInformation()
Dim pgLoop As Page
Dim shpLoop As Shape

For Each pgLoop In ActiveDocument.Pages
    For Each shpLoop In pgLoop.Shapes
        If shpLoop.Type = pbLinkedPicture Or shpLoop.Type = pbPicture Then
            With shpLoop.PictureFormat
                If .IsEmpty = msoFalse Then
                    If .IsTrueColor = msoFalse Then
                        Debug.Print .Filename
                        Debug.Print "This picture has " & .ColorsInPalette & " colors."
                        If .IsLinked = msoTrue Then
                            If .OriginalIsTrueColor = msoFalse Then
                                Debug.Print "The linked picture has " & _
                                .OriginalColorsInPalette & " colors."
                            End If
                        End If
                    End If
                End If
            End With
        End If
    Next shpLoop
Next pgLoop

End Sub