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Margins are wrong, printout is off-center, can't print to edge, printing is cut off


Nearly all printers have an area at the edges that they can't print to. It's a physical limitation of the printer. There's nothing you or your software can do to change it.

If your printer allows it, print to the next larger paper size, then trim the margins off later.


To make things worse, most inkjet printers have uneven unprintable margins. The margin at the trailing end of the paper (the end that's printed last) is generally wider than the margins on the other three sides.

When PowerPoint prints slides, it sends the slide image to the printer at whatever size the printer & printer driver specify as the largest printable size, but it has no control over where on the page the printer places the slide image. Some printer drivers include a "fake" page size that allows even margins but a smaller image that they may automatically center on the printed page. If your printer has this feature, it should allow you to get centered printouts.

Otherwise there's not much you or PowerPoint can do about this. Inkjet printers print stuff off-center and that's that.

If you're willing to accept a slightly smaller slide image, you can print Notes Pages instead of Slides. Modify the Notes Master in your presentation:

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Last update 07 June, 2011