Friday, 8 October 2010

Help with printing pdfs.....

Some of the class have been having problems printing pdfs of my lectures if they have more than one slide per page. The following post will walk you through a solution to the problem.

If you are printing pdfs of lecture slides, at say 6 slides per page, on a Windows machine and they keep printing like this (or some variation of this):

Slides in the wrong order

Slides in the wrong order

Whereas you want them like this:

Slides in the correct order

Slides in the correct order

Then there is a problem with the way you have set up printing, that is, you have 'Auto rotate and scale' on (i.e. ticked).

To solve the problem follow these steps:

  1. In the print dialog, make sure that 'Auto rotate and scale' is turned off (i.e. not ticked)

Printer screen

Printer dialog screen

  1. Click on Properties.

Number of pages

Set the number of pages to print per page

  1. Select (click) the 'Finishing' tab, and set the number of pages you want to print per page.
  2. Set page orientation.
  3. Click on OK to close the properties window.
  4. Click on OK in the print dialog window to close it and to print the document.