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PDF file prints smaller or larger than expected (Acrobat 5.0-6.0 products on Windows)

Issue

A PDF file prints smaller or larger than expected (for example, 90% of the original size) from an Adobe Acrobat product (Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat).

Solutions

Do one or more of the following:

Solution 1: Print using different scaling options.

Choose File > Print, and then do one of the following:

-- In an Acrobat 6.0 product, in the Page Scaling menu, choose None, and then click OK.

-- In an Acrobat 5.x product, deselect Shrink Oversized Pages to Paper Size and Expand Small Pages to Paper Size, and then click OK.

Solution 2: Print using different paper source options.

Choose File > Print, and then do one of the following:

-- In an Acrobat 6.x product , select Choose Paper Source by PDF Page Size, and then click OK.

-- In an Acrobat 5.x product:

1. Click Advanced.

2. Select Choose Output Tray by PDF Page Size.

3. Click OK to close the Print Settings dialog box, and then click OK to print.

Solution 3: Print using the default resolution or PostScript mode (HP PCL printers only).

For instructions on changing from PCL mode to PostScript mode, refer to your printer's documentation.

To change the resolution in Windows ME or Windows 98:

1. Choose Start > Settings > Printers.

2. Right-click the printer and choose Properties from the pop-up menu.

3. Click the Advanced tab.

4. Change the resolution to the printer's default resolution, and then click OK. (For information about the printer's default resolution, refer to its documentation.)

To change the resolution in Windows NT:

1. Choose Start > Settings > Printers.

2. Right-click the printer and choose Document Defaults from the pop-up menu.

3. Click the plus sign next to Graphics.

4. Select Resolution.

5. Change the resolution to the printer's default resolution, and then click OK. (For information about the printer's default resolution, refer to its documentation.)

To change the resolution in Windows 2000 or XP:

1. Choose Start > Settings > Printers (Windows 2000) or Start > Printers and Faxes (Windows XP).

2. Right-click the printer and choose Properties from the pop-up menu.

3. Click the Advanced tab. Click the Printing Defaults button.

4. On the Layout tab, click the Advanced button.

5. Click the plus sign next to Graphics.

6. Select Print Quality.

7. Change the resolution to the printer's default resolution, and then click OK. (For information about the printer's default resolution, refer to its documentation.)

Background information

PDF files may not print correctly to an HP PCL printer in Windows at a resolution other than the printer's default if the printer is in PCL mode.


Related Documents

Document 323299
Last edited - 07/14/2004

 

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