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Old 03-08-2006, 10:25 AM   #1
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I have spent about 10 very aggravating hours on this problem and need help desperately! I am doing a simple brochure with .25 inch margins all around. When I print to my HP 882 it cuts off the left side to be a half inch margin. I tried printing to another printer a Dell and same problem. This is making me crazy! When I printed it at my work to a laser printer, it did not do this!!!
Does anyone know what is going on?
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I suspect the problem lies more with your printers than with InDesign: some desktop printers have a half-inch margin, and this will override the document margins that you set in InDesign.
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You might try creating a user-defined page size in the HP driver software--I have an Epson inkjet so I'm not sure what options are available on the HP.

You may be able to play with the margins when you create the user-defined page size...you also might try defining the page size a bit larger than it is...

Robin is right on the money in the difference between a laser printer and an inket as far as margins are concerned. My Epson 4000 has an unchangeable .56" trailing margin which drives me nuts...'-}}

Hope that helps...

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Thanks so much for your quick response!! I have done other things in PageMaker and printed to this same HP printer which I have hd for about 7 years. I don't recall having this problem with pagemaker documents... Also, since I am not really up on printer lingo,etc, could you tell me step by step how to get to the drivers and adjust the margins as you suggest??
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Also, since I am not really up on printer lingo,etc, could you tell me step by step how to get to the drivers and adjust the margins as you suggest??
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You can't change this. It is built into the hardware. The extra space is used for handling the paper through the print process, to keep ink from gumming things up (if it was right to the edge of the paper) and similar things.

Borderless printers are available, but borderless (or minimal border) printing is not possible on all printers.

(A trick you might use is to rotate the job 180 degrees, if you have a bigger margin at the other end. This is easy to do if you create a PDF file, and then print from that.)
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Don's right, Louika: if the printer has a minimum margin that's larger than that which you set in your page layout program, you're going to have problems. Just as a test, try to print something simple from PageWrecker with the same margins as you're using in InDecided, and to the same printer: the print should still have a larger margin.

By the way, quarter inch margins on a printed page are really very small indeed - almost too small in fact. Would you be prepared to increase them to, say an inch? It would make the pages easier to handle.
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