Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Printing Very Large Paper Sizes.

Printing Very Large Paper Sizes

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 19, 2020)

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Word allows you to print on a wide variety of paper sizes. You cannot use an unlimited paper size, however. For instance, it does very little good to try printing a poster-size document on a plotter, simply because Word won't support documents that large.

Word is hard coded to permit document widths and heights as small as .1 inches and as large as 22 inches. Thus, the largest page area you can define in Word is 22 inches by 22 inches. This is an absolute limit. If you need to print to larger paper, then you will need to use a different program, such as a desktop publishing program.

There is one other caveat to keep in mind, however. The paper size to which you can print may also be limited in some way by your printer driver. For instance, if your printer driver will only handle paper up to 18 inches in width, then it won't matter that Word can handle up to 22-inch wide paper. If you find that your printer driver is limiting what you can print, you should check with the manufacturer to see if a newer printer driver is available.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (9992) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Printing Very Large Paper Sizes.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is eight more than 6?

2021-05-07 14:35:14

Todd

If you save your document as a PDF at the right proportions, a commercial printer can enlarge it. For example, if you create a document that is 10"w X 15"h then save it as a .pdf, a commercial printer can enlarge it at 200% (20"w X 30"h).


2015-12-30 18:08:28

Allen

Rebecca: There are several very good DTP programs on the market. Unfortunately, none of them are free. (InDesign is always a good choice.)

-Allen


2015-12-30 17:36:00

Rebecca Walter

You said I need to use a different desktop publishing program to print a large (84 inch by 42 inch) poster, but you didn't mention what program this might be. Any suggestions? Are any of these programs free?


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