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It's not the printer. Software on your computer is controlling print size. Therefore, it's the settings on your computer or in the application that you use to print that you'll need to adjust.

My Epson Workhorse 630 prints so small that no one can read it. How do I change the size of the fonts? My computer is an HP model W1730N.

In this excerpt from Answercast #64, I look at a computer that is sending pages with small print to a printer.

Small printing

So, the real issue here actually has very little to do with the printer.

Remember that what the printer does is only what Windows and the applications that are printing tell it to do. So, if it's printing too small, it's because the application is telling it to print at that size. So, it follows then that what you need to do is take a look at whatever application you are using to print and tell it to print larger.

  • Sometimes, that means printing in a different font if you're using, like, a word processor.

  • Sometimes, it means using a zoom kind of process - that's usually available in File > Page Setup in many applications.

  • There are ways to have things automatically fit to the width of the page in things like spreadsheet programs.

  • In many web pages, there's a specific link that will allow you to print a specially formatted version of that page, so that it will look better on paper.

"Print" links on web pages

You don't have to do that at Ask Leo! because I do that behind the scenes automatically. If you print one of my pages, it will automatically do things like remove the advertisements and remove menus that make no sense if you're viewing it on paper. And as a side effect, it should actually look pretty good on a piece of paper.

But like I said, many websites don't do it that way. They have a "Display for Printing" or a specific print button that optimizes the page for printing.

So those are the kinds of things I would have you look at first. What are the settings in the application that you're printing from?

Printer properties

The other thing that I would do is I would have you look at the Printer Properties in Windows.

In other words (depending on which version of Windows you're running), you would go to Devices > Printers and right-click on the icon for your specific printer. Select Properties and look at the settings therein.

Those are going to be dramatically different from one printer to the next because they're driven by the device driver. They're created by the device driver, or software, installed for that specific printer.

Very often things like magnification or number of virtual pages per piece of paper or any number of other settings are available there. Unfortunately, I'm not specifically familiar with this printer, so I can't tell you exactly what to look for. But I would suggest that you spend a little bit of time looking at the properties for that specific printer in Windows to see what some of the default settings are and see if there aren't some options there that will help you increase the size of what gets printed.

But remember, it's not the printer; it's the software on your computer that's controlling all of this. Therefore, it's the software and the settings on your computer or the application that's printing, that you'll need to adjust.

Article C5953 - October 25, 2012 « »

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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