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Hello Karen

I created a document at in Microsoft Word and converted to PDF. However, when it is printed in Adobe Reader, the margins are a lot bigger than it looks on the computer screen. Although in the print preview they are big as well.

In Adobe Reader I clicked print and "shrink oversized pages" is selected. When I select "custom scale 100%" the margins looks better. The text fits on an A4 page which is what I saved the document to print on.  So I am wondering why it suggests it is oversized. Also, is there a way I can set it up so that it does not automatically shrink the text?  I do not want the margins to be too big because I will then have to make the text too small.

The document prints out well in Microsoft Word.

Regards Richard.

Hi there Richard

I have to admit I haven't come across this exact problem...

Here is an answer on a forum (Mac) that may be helpful for you: The last comment suggests that you need to use Adobe Acrobat (the full program, not just Reader) and change the settings there.

Sorry I don't have more knowledge on this!

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Karen Lee Biddle


I'be been using Word and other Windows Office software for a long time now and am happy to help you find a solution to to your problem or query. Sometimes I may not have the answer, but hopefully I can put you in the right direction!


Word: experienced with tables, mail merge, graphics, paragraph styles, sections, tables of contents/index. Excel: some formula experience and happy to help find the right formula for the required output.


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