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How to Print on 11×17: Step By Step Guide

No matter how many times we love to explore the internet to read the news, books, or any other articles, we can’t deny the fact that the majority of us still enjoy using papers. Many publication houses still use 11×17 sheets of paper for their magazines or newspapers. It is also known as ‘Tabloid Paper.’ Printing on such papers opens up the whole new avenue for the publishers. It helps in getting a better idea of the designs so that the person can assume how the text and graphics appear in a document for the final publication. 

Tabloid paper is used a lot in the design industry. If you want to print 8.5×11 inches of documents without even leaving any corners to fill, this paper is the one you should use for the printing. After printing, you can cut it to the size of the tabloid. It’s also used to print oversized images. For eg., you can make flyers or small posters using these papers. Many prints and copy machine shops can help you to print on 11×17 paper. If you use your personal computer and printer, you will have to adjust your computer’s print options to print on tabloid sheets. 

This article will help you with the same. Get a step by step guide on how to print on 11×17 paper here. Let’s start with the basics.

How to Print on 11×17?

Set Up for 11×17 Print

Not all desktop printers can print on tabloid-sized paper. So, how will you find out that yours is compatible with 11×17? The easiest way to find out is to read the manual that comes with your printer. If you are unable to find out the booklet, then try finding it online. Generally, you will get the PDF version. If you don’t get any help, read further. This information may fit and fix your problem.

Step 1: Open the publication or the document you want to print. Open the PDF file.

Step 2: Click on the ‘File’ and check out all the options available in the sub-menu.

Step 3: Select the option called ‘Print.’ The Print window will pop up then.

Step 4: After that, click on ‘Properties’ and select the ‘Preferences’ button. If you are unable to find this option, try finding the ‘Effects’ tab.

select property

Step 5: Select ‘Paper/Quality’. Now you will find a drop-down menu next to ‘Paper Size.’ 

Step 6: Select the ’11×17′ size from the list. It’s the tabloid-size paper you need for the printing.

 select paper size

Step 7: Click on the ‘OK’ button to exit the ‘Properties’ window. You are now returned to the main ‘Print’ dialog box. 

Step 8: Your document will be ready to print once you go to the ‘Page Scaling’ and choose the “Fit to Printable Area” option. There is also another option called ‘Fit to Printer Margins.’

Note: If you don’t have a printer that can print 11×17 paper documents, then you will not get the 11×17 option in the drop-down menu. It is essential to install a printer that allows such documents. If you don’t have 11×17 paper available, you can try printing onto standard 8.5×11 paper and cut it later. You just have to select the ‘Shrink to Printable Area’ option from the drop-down menu of ‘page Scaling.’

I hope this step by step guide on how to print on 11×17 paper has helped you and solve your confusion related to tabloids. Have you used such papers before? Why don’t you share your experiences here in the comment section? Help others to find the perfect paper for their extraordinary art.

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