How to print EXACTLY screen dimensions?

February 22, 2010 at 12:27:18
Specs: Windows XP
This is very near the top of my frustrations. I don't do a great deal of printing, but when I try to print a pdf image/diagram, or something I've pasted in MS Paint, it almost never fails to frustrate the crap out of me trying to print anthing near what is visible on my screen. I understand that the vast variety of screen sizes and pixel densities complicates this. But what can I do to at least get a little better handle on what's going on? So many times I get what I think is the right size, in MS Paint for instance, I'll even make sure that the image size is 800x600 and then when I print I get eight pages of mostly white paper with an eighth of the image on one corner of each!!!!! AAAARERRRRGGGGG. Ideally (though this is probably impossible) I'd LOVE to be able to measure with a ruler what is on the screen and print exactly the same dimension on my printer.

Any help?


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#1
February 22, 2010 at 12:33:06
The most recent example of this, the one that got me most recently trying to pull hair out of my head, was receiving a PDF file from someone with centimeter scale in the image. The image is produced to scale, but prints straight off the page in some smaller (unknown) percentage of that. How is it possible for me to print this image so that I can print a correctly sized template off of my computer?

Thanks so much.


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#2
February 22, 2010 at 12:36:16
try using print preview to avoid the 8 pages.

a lot depends on print driver. See if there is a feature of reduce to one page.


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#3
February 22, 2010 at 12:39:57
the print preview only gives me a heads up to what the printer is going to do. It saves wasted paper, but does not really provide any more help for me to solve the initial problem

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#4
February 22, 2010 at 13:24:15
The "problem" is sizing the image to fit the page. Correct?

If you are expecting a simple "click here" I am sorry to inform you that is not going to happen.

Pictures have always had issues with printing with MSPaint being one of the worse. You have a page that is 8.5x11 right? Your "picture" is 4x5. Now in portrait view you can resize one 4x5 per to take up a space of page 7x8 leaving a 4x8.5 space. In landscape you can resize to 8x10 filling the 8.5x11 sheet of paper.

One trick that may work for you is to copy and insert the picture into Word. Then, using the corners, resize the image to fill as much of the page as possible in either landscape or portrait view.


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#5
February 22, 2010 at 19:27:41
The tip for copy from paint and paste into word and resize, definitely works as I have used it for years.
Another one for paint is to save it and reopen with microsoft picture viewer or such and print from there, there will be a sizing option.
As for PDF files, I find them VERY easy to print from. You need to look for a check box in the print box that says "fit to page" and check that and you should be all set.

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