Suppose you want to print a brainstorming diagram, which occupies a letter size drawing page, to a very large piece of paper so you can display it at a meeting. After choosing a plotter for the target printer and a page size of approximately 600 mm × 840 mm, you click Print Preview on the File menu.
The first time you preview the printed results, the diagram is still at the original size, and therefore occupies only a small portion of the printed page. This isn't what you want.
After choosing to Fit the drawing to 1 sheet across by 1 sheet down
, you preview the diagram again. This time the diagram fills the whole page and you're satisfied with the result.
The best way to save time and paper is to preview how a drawing will print before you actually print it.
In the print preview window, you can see:
- How much of the printed page the drawing will occupy.
- Whether or not the drawing is centered on the printed page.
- Where the pages will break if you are printing across multiple pages.
If the preview doesn't look right, you can make adjustments before you print.