Scale a document to fit on different paper sizes

Just as many photocopy machines have a reduce/enlarge feature, Microsoft Word offers different ways to scale a document for printing, enabling you to avoid adjusting margins (margin: The blank space outside the printing area on a page.) or line breaks.

 Note   When you scale a document for printing, the changes only occur when you print. Word does not change the settings in the document itself.

  1. On the File menu, click Print.
  2. Under Zoom, click the option you want in the Scale to paper size box.

For example, you can specify that a B4-size document prints on A4-size paper.


This procedure scales your document for this printing session only. To scale your documents this way for all printing sessions, click Options on the Tools menu, and then click the Print tab. Select the Allow A4/Letter paper resizing check box.

Applies to:
Word 2003