Save Excel documents to PDF and RETAIN color

When it excel, I click File/Print/Save as PDF.  When I do that, it dumps all the color.  Is there a way to retain the color?  I am on a mac using excel:mac 2001.  I have adobe acrobat pro iX  if that helps.
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Robberbaron (robr)Connect With a Mentor Commented:
are you sure u dont have the sheet set as Black& White ?   The SaveAs PDF actually does use the 'Page Setup' settigns.

open page setup, Sheet tab  (at least on XL10 windows)
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Serena HsiMarketing ConsultantCommented:
In the print menu, there should be an option for printer properties. Where it says Color, there are two options: Black & White and Color. Choose Color.
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
In excel, there is an option to select a printer.  I am not printing it though.  I am saving it as a pdf and the way to do that is to click Print/PDF/Save as PDF.
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Spike99On-Site IT TechnicianCommented:
I don't know about Macs, but on my Windows 7 Enterprise system here at work i have Adobe Acrobat Pro XI which also installed the "Adobe PDF" printer.

i can edit the settings of that Adobe PDF printer just like any other printer, including color settings.  I would imagine it's pretty much the same using Adobe Acrobat on the Mac.

Do you see a device for creating PDF files in your list of printers? Is that the device you select when you click on File > Print?
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
It's a mac thing.  I cannot ADD Adobe as a printer and it does not appear as a printer.  I think I am screwed.  While I can print black and white excel documents to a pdf, I was hoping to print excel documents into a pdf with COLOR.
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Spike99On-Site IT TechnicianCommented:
Can you click on File > Save As... to save the file to PDF instead of clicking Print > PDF > Save as PDF ?

If that doesn't work, I think I found a screenshot of that process online
https://www.iskysoft.com/pdf-tips/create-pdf/excel-to-pdf.html#part4

In Step 2 of Part 4, I see a screenshot of that Mac Print to PDF dialog.  Is that what yours looks like?  If so, can you change color settings using either the "page setup" button at the bottom or the "Presets" option at the top?

This is the screenshot from that page:
Screenshot of Excel to PDF from iskysoft.com page
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
I tried saving file as pdf and then opening file - it loses all color.

I can save as pdf using file/print - it loses all color.

There are no settings under either the Page setup or Options that offers color

http://screencast.com/t/43m45Bhn
http://screencast.com/t/cz0zER6Umny
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Spike99On-Site IT TechnicianCommented:
Oh, wow.

Did the post you found help you resolve the issue?
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
Nope.
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Spike99On-Site IT TechnicianCommented:
Bummer.
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Brian BIndependant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
Not 100% related, but I found this:
Under Word > Preference > Print and in the group labeled "Options for current document only" is a setting to Print background colors and images.

Source: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_word-mso_mac/save-word-doc-as-pdf-without-losing-background/2bf9281b-4c06-43fe-b551-eedeceeb1bce
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
Thanks but the problem is with excel and there is no preference/print option.  : (
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
Robberbaron,

Your screen share helped!  I was not clicking on SHEET. That was the problem.  Thanks SO much.  I had pretty much resolved myself to never getting this figured out!  Thanks!
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
Yeah!!!!!
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