Example: Print on A4 in landscape (old printing)

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Example: Print on A4 in landscape (old printing)

The instructions below apply when you are printing using Printer Catalog printer instances, which means that you have set the advanced option XS_USE_OLD_PLOT_DIALOG to TRUE in File menu > Settings > Advanced options > Printing.

This example describes how you can print on A4 paper in landscape style in black and white.


In this example, it is assumed that the print area h*b is defined h being along the longer side of the paper and b being along the shorter side of the paper. When using some other printer driver you might have to change h*b values if you find out that the printer driver uses h along the short side of the paper.

  1. Open a drawing and double-click the drawing background.
  2. In drawing properties dialog box, click layout.
  3. Define the following settings:
    • Set Size definition mode to Specified size.
    • Set Drawing size to 287 * 200.
    • You can also use Autosize. Then you need to make sure that you have defined appropriate Fixed sizes or Calculated sizes.
  4. Click Modify and OK.
  5. On the File menu, click Print drawing.
  6. In the Print Drawings dialog box, click the printer instance you want to use.
  7. Click Add / Edit... and check that the printer settings are correct:
    • Paper size: A4 210 x 297 mm

    • Print area h*b: 287 x 200

    • Color: Black/white

  8. Click Update.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Set Scaling to Scale and enter 1.

    In this case, also Scaling setting Auto would produce a similar printout because drawing size and h*b are the same.

  11. Set Orientation to Landscape (or Auto).
  12. Set Print area to Entire drawing.
  13. Click Print.
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