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PDF Writer - Change Margins

The PDF Writer has a hardware margin of 0 (zero). This enables the installed printer to write to the edge of the paper. Normally this is a great feature but sometimes it may be a problem because the created PDF files are sent directly to a physical printer without scaling it to fit the margins of the physical printer.

Creating a new Form

In case you want to use a hardware margin together with the PDF Writer, you have to create a new form (paper size) on your system. Forms are part of the Printer Server Properties. On Windows 10 these are found under Printers & Scanners. On earlier versions of Windows, you can find the forms under the Control Panel list of printers. Just open the File menu and select Server Properties.

Server Properties

From the list of available forms you should select the one that you want to add margins to. In this example we will choose the A4 form.

Paper Sizes

Click the Create new form checkbox to design a new form. Enter a name and changes the margins. Select Save Form when you are done.

New Form

When the new form is saved, you should go to printer properties of the PDF Writer. Here you click Printing Preferences. In the next dialog you click Advanced. Now you can select your new form as the default paper size of the PDF Writer.

That should do the trick.

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