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Tutorial: Finding your Maximum Print Area
This tutorial demonstrates how to
find the maximum print area of your printer.
There are numerous
ways of accomplishing this. The fastest (and least
ink/paper-consuming) is to use WordPad
- Load up WordPad
- Go to File > Page Setup (Start > [All] Programs >
Accessories > WordPad)
- In the Margins section, type 0 in each box. The values
will adjust to your maximum print area as reported by your
However, this method relies on your printer driver reporting the
maximum area correctly. Some drivers do not correctly report
their maximum print area, so you must manually measure your print
There are numerous ways of accomplishing this. Drawing
a filled rectangle covering the page is one way, but is
ink-intensive. Drawing "dog ears" on each corner is another way,
but it can cause confusion and may not always be 100% accurate.
A commonly-suggested way is to draw diagonal lines across the page,
however this is the least accurate of the manual methods, which is
why my preferred method is to draw pairs of vertical and horizontal
lines spanning the entire page. The diagrams below will show
why this is more accurate than diagonal lines..
Once you have printed out your lines, you can draw in lines joining
the ends of each parallel line with a ruler, and measure the
distance of these from the edge of the page. You can then
input these values into the Arrange > Layout Guides dialog, and make
sure that you never exceed your maximum print area.