Publisher Is Reducing Page Size When Changing Printer Paper to A3

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On your desktop, printer features such as color output and automated duplexing depend on the make and model of the device you use. Within the Microsoft Office suite of applications, Microsoft Publisher helps you produce printed publications that use RGB or process color, include high-resolution images, and print to desktop printers or commercial output devices. When you print a document using Microsoft Publisher and Publisher changes its page size, however, check the page layout, paper size and your settings.

Microsoft Publisher

  • The Microsoft Publisher application creates page layouts using a feature set that incorporates much of the functionality of an expensive page-layout application. It supports the extended character sets available in OpenType font software, lets you crop and position images precisely and offers quick access to its tools through a customizable ribbon used throughout the suite of Microsoft Office applications. At print time, extensive print-preview features and adjustable output options help you decide which pages to print and how to print them.

Page Vs. Paper Size

  • Within Microsoft Publisher, as in many page-layout applications, pages and paper refer to separate elements of publication design and output. When you set up a new document, you choose a page size that dictates the dimensions of each page in your project. When you print your project on a printer that allows scaling, you can choose to use a paper size that differs from your document's page size. This enables you to enlarge your pages to fit on larger paper or reduce them to fit on smaller sheets.

Saving Print Settings

  • Once you set up your output preferences for a Microsoft Publisher document, you can save them with the file so they're recalled and used each time you print it. This convenience feature can save you time by removing the need to check all your print settings each time you need a copy of a document. However, if you switch printing devices to one with different features or target a different paper size, you may see unexpected results when you print to it, unless you stop to check your print settings.

A3 Printing Problems

  • The A3 paper size measures 297 by 420 millimeters, or approximately 11.7 by 16.5 inches. If you created your document with a page size larger than A3 -- for example, A2 -- your pages won't fit correctly on A3 paper, so you must let Publisher scale them down when you print them. Depending on the print settings you've saved with your file, the capabilities of your printing device and the print settings you apply when you change paper sizes, your document may scale down to fit the sheet size you're using. Open the Print dialog box, click on the "Printer Properties" option, choose the "Effects" tab and check for an active Scale to Fit setting that allows Publisher to adapt your page size to your sheet size.

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