Adobe `Reader` messing with print size

Printing from Adobe Reader shrinks the page “to fit” (by default). Unfortunately, its calculation doesn't consider the existing margins of the document, so that it shrinks what it believes is your whole page onto what it believes is its output page. The effect typically looks as if your margins have expanded.

Solve this problem by adjusting the Readers default in the print dialogue; unfortunately, this dialogue varies from one version to the next:

  • Reader version 7:

Page Scaling (default: “Fit to printer margins”) - change to “None”, and

Scale (default 95% of Normal size) - change to “100%” - Adobe Reader 6:

in the print dialogue, on the “copies & pages” pane, you'll find a popup menu/drop-down list titled “Page Scaling” - change to “None”. - Windows, Linux Acrobat (Reader) 5.0:

In the print dialog, make sure the “Shrink oversized pages to fit” checkbox is unchecked. It may also be useful to uncheck the “Expand small pages to fit paper size” checkbox as well.

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