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Pages 09 printing problem

by rmatile / January 15, 2010 8:43 AM PST

I'm working on a lengthy monograph in Pages 09. Today, for some reason, when I tried to print some pages to proof them, the size on the printed page seems to have defaulted to 75 percent instead of 100 percent. The WYSIWYG view in page layout is just fine; it shows a full letter-sized page. But when I print, it comes out on the page reduced by 25 percent.

I tried changing the print percentage to 125 percent, and nothing changed. I exported to Acrobat, and the exported pages are all 25 percent smaller than they should be.

I have checked everything in Page Setup to make sure letter size is chosen, 100 percent is chosen, and the correct printer--my HP 2200. I tried printing on my Epson 300, and it still prints out 25 percent smaller.

The Preview thumbnail view of the first page is the correct size when I click on the file. And, as I said, the file appears to be the correct size in the page layout view. But when I select print, the thumbnail in the print dialog box shows the 25 percent reduction.

Also, I just just now installed iWork on my MacBook and copied the file over to it and tried to print; same issue.

I have a MDD G4 with 1.23 gigs of RAM; a 320 gig HD, running OS 10.5.8.

Anybody have any ideas at all?


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Have not been able to replicate this problem
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 15, 2010 11:53 PM PST

and you have already done what I would have tried.

Hopefully a Pages savvy member will come along with the answer


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I exported as a Word file...
by rmatile / January 16, 2010 6:37 AM PST

...and it exported at the right page size, at least. Unfortunately, none of the graphics exported, but the good news was that all of the text revisions and endnotes exported just fine. So I figure I'll create a new Pages document based on the Word export, format it, and plug all the images back in.

The problem is, of course, I'm unsure what the heck happened in the first place, and worried it will happen again. I plan to keep doing test prints and "Save As" every few graphics or so to make sure the file behaves itself.

If anyone has had a similar problem and found a fix, I'd sure be happy to hear it. For now, I've archived the screwed-up file and have moved ahead.

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I had the exact same (exasperating!) problem...
by tblazer15 / March 16, 2010 3:51 PM PDT

...but i think I found the culprit...go to View and click on "Hide Comments" If you have comments *anywhere* in your doc, it reduces the page size of *all* the pages. Worked for me (after much web searching and gnashing of teeth...) Rgds tblazer15

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by rmatile / March 16, 2010 9:56 PM PDT

I'm going to try to figure out where I stashed that file and see if that's the problem. I didn't turn comments on on purpose, but that doesn't mean they didn't get turned on somehow or other.

And I haven't had the problem since, either.

Thanks again...

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No worries...
by tblazer15 / March 17, 2010 12:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks!

...pretty sure it happened to us by "accident" as well (actually my daughter's homework involved)...apparently she clicked on "comments" once, but didn't enter any, and then didn't notice the reduced printing problem until hours later when she printed, so it was hard to connect the two events in any kind of forensic process...worked for us though...good luck.

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