How To Change Print Scale on a Mac

When printing from some apps it can appear that there is no way to scale the content of a document while printing. But different apps put scaling options in different places. Even when there are no scaling options, you can use other tricks to print at different sizes.

Comments: 8 Responses to “How To Change Print Scale on a Mac”

    Jim Terrinoni
    6 months ago

    Once again, where at the beginning I thought Iā€™ve done this, so why need to watch? Simple, sometimes we do things so automatically that we forget there are more efficient ways to do it. The reminder that a Contact sheet could be done via Photos app rather than Preview was a value for me.

    lauren eisen
    6 months ago

    thank you gary, very helpful as usual

    John Russell
    6 months ago

    Thanks, Gary. I've often been bamboozled by certain printing needs and now I won't be anymore.

    Manuel
    4 months ago

    The trick how to print from Preview is just great. This video saved me, because I can keep my work-flow which no longer worked with Ventura.

    Kim
    3 months ago

    Dera Gary, I have a issue with Print Scaling: By default the Settings are set to scale to 100%, but I need "Scale to fit" as default. I couldn't figure out how to set it up. Even a new default setting does not keep the setting in "Scale to fit". Can you Gary, or anyone else help with this? Thank you!

    3 months ago

    Kim: No, I don't think you can change the default. You have to switch to scale to fit each time.

    David Jenner
    3 weeks ago

    I have the perfect solution for printing documents from apps that don't offer the Scale percentage box... use 'Monosnap' screen shot tool (free on the AppStore) to draw a marquee around the area you want to print, when the panel pops up just press Cmd P to bring up the Print dialog box and it will automatically rescale to fit the size of your paper in your printer.

    3 weeks ago

    David: Using a screenshot would mean a low resolution print. Plus, why with your idea use a third-party screenshot tool when you can do it with the built-in screenshot tool?
    If an app doesn't offer scaling, you can usually export a PDF or print to "Preview" and then scale in Preview. But it depends on the specific situation.

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