How to Create a Custom Paper Size for My Printer


If you think that your printer is only capable of accepting standard 8.5 by 11 inch pages, you're wrong. In fact, it may be able to accept sizes up to 8.5 by 14, or 11 by 17, and any paper size in between. Most printers allow you to create a custom paper size by simply modifying the properties and adjusting the tray. Keep in mind that the instructions will vary depending on your printer.

Things You'll Need

  • Printer
  • Click "File" then "Print" in your program. Choose the printer from the dialog drop-down list and click "Properties." You can also access printer properties from the "Start" menu. Select "Control Panel," click "Printers and Settings," right-click the printer that you want to use, then select "Printing Preferences."

  • Select the "Paper," "Size" or similar tab on the printer properties dialog box. Click "Custom" or the similar option under the "Size" section.

  • Type in the paper width and height in inches. Take note of the maximum size, which you may see displayed underneath each entry box. Name the custom size setting, if that is an option, then click "OK."

  • View the new size setting under the printer "Size" section then click "OK" to close the printing properties dialog box.

  • Open the printer tray as large as it will go and place your blank sheet of paper inside. Adjust the tray as needed so it fits snugly. Print your document as usual.

Tips & Warnings

  • Not all printers will be able to accommodate your custom paper size. For example, if your printer's tray can only fit a page sized at 11 inches, you should not try to set a custom paper width at 12 inches. If you need a paper size any larger than 11 by 17 inches on a home printer, you are probably going to need a wide-format printer. These devices are equipped to fit and print extra wide sheets of paper, usually up to 13 by 19 inches.

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