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Print job only prints on half of A4 instead of full page?

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On Mon, 24 Jul 2006 12:13:02 -0700, Paul G <Paul

G.ms-word.todaysummary.com.discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

>Hi, everytime I try and print a word document it only prints on half of an A4

>page instead of the full page. Even though print preview shows the document

>to cover the full page? Can someone help:-)

Is this a laser printer? Printing half a page is a typical symptom of

insufficient printer memory when printing graphics. Since you

mentioned elsewhere that it started happening after you got a new PC,

you could try the following:

See whether the printer driver needs an update.

See whether your printer has enough memory; 1M should be enough for

text; you may need 4M for graphics.

Check whether "Print TrueType Fonts as Graphics" has accidentally

gotten set. If your printer has this feature, you can find it by

opening Printers and Faxes, right-clicking the printer icon and

selecting Printing Preferences, click the Advanced button, and look

under Document Options. This should probably be turned off unless you

need it for some good reason.

Check out "Page Protect". Look under Printers and Faxes, right-click

the printer icon and select Properties, look on the Device Settings

tab. Try turning it on, if your printer has it. This makes sure that

the entire page is shipped to the printer before printing starts. This

can help if you have a slow connection to the printer.

More background:

In general, adding more memory does not speed up printing; it can

allow more complex jobs to be printed. It may allow the CPU to get the

job moved to the printer sooner (i.e. out of the queue). On the other

hand, RAM can be very inexpensive these days.

The CPU sends the job (preferably at least one page of it) to the

printer, where it sits in printer memory. The job might include text,

images, and downloaded fonts. The printer's rendering engine

translates the job into a pattern of dots, which also sit in printer

memory. Once the page has been translated or memory fills up, the

print engine starts moving at constant speed. Once the engine starts

moving, the CPU, wire, memory, and rendering engine have to keep

feeding dots. If they can't, the job fails. So it helps to have enough

memory to make sure that an entire page can be rendered.

If half a page prints correctly and the other half doesn't, and if the

problem is fixed by reducing resolution, you probably need more

printer memory.

Bob S

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