Do you understand your printer settings?

I have a lot of ePatterns and eBooks at It is important that the patterns are printed out at the right size. To do that you have to be sure that your printer settings are correct. I can help, with pictures.

NOTE: I have a Mac so my printer box may look a little different from yours but I think that the basics are the same.

When you hit ‘print’, a window opens:

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Look at the options under Page Size & Handling. Your printer will have a default that may not be what you want. In this case, you should click ‘actual size’.

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Next, look at the image that shows the page and the margins around it. My picture shows too much margin. I can fix that!

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Look for the ‘page setup’ button and click it:

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See where it says ‘any printer’? Click that:

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The list of printers opens. Click  on your printer to choose it and then click OK. You might notice that the first window also lists my printer but for whatever reason I have to go through this step to make the margins smaller.

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Now the picture on the print page shows smaller margins. This does not shrink or enlarge the final print out. What it does do is not cut off the edges of the page when it prints. This is important when you are printing the patterns because of the way they fit together.

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I hope this helps you in all of your printing 🙂

6 thoughts on “Do you understand your printer settings?

  1. On a Mac, what the print window looks like depends on what printer you are using. I have an Epson printer and my window isn’t the same as the one for your HP, but it has similar options. I’m using macOS Sierra Version 10.12.6.


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