MS Word

Stop the Printer from Cutting Off the Bottom of the Page

The Problem:

My printer keeps lopping off the bottom of the page. I wouldn't care, except that's where the footer is supposed to be.

The Solution:

The short fix is to choose File » Page Setup, click the Margins tab (see Figure 6-3), and adjust the bottom margin. But if you're frequently getting this problem, make sure that you're using the same paper size as the person who set up the document.

Figure 6-3. If your printer cuts off the bottom of the page, check the depth of the bottom margin.

If you're working with Britons, the problem might be that they're setting up the documents for A4 paper rather than letter-size (8.5" x 11") paper. A4 is longer than letter-size paper, so the bottom of the page is apt to suffer when you print an A4 document on letter-size paper. Word includes a built-in feature for correcting this problem automatically: choose Tools » Options, click the Print tab, and check the "Allow A4/Letter paper resizing" box. You'll still need to check your documents in Print Preview (choose File » Print Preview) before printing them, but this should take the edge off the problem.