Layout Printing

The print command invokes the Plot/Print Setup dialog where print parameters are set and the sheets of the document can be sent to a printer, plotter or PDF file. The left portion of the dialog contains a preview of a sheet to be printed. The sheet text field and previous and next sheet arrows at the bottom of the preview control the sheet that is shown in the preview.

 

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The Plot/Print Setup dialog.

 

 

The right side of the dialog contains options for controlling the printing.

 

Printer: This menu contains the list of printers that are available on the computer. The printer selected from the menu is the active printer and the destination for printing.

 

Orientation: The icons control the orientation of the page Portrait or Landscape.

 

Scale to Fit Media: When selected the sheet is scaled to fit on the page.

 

Scale: When selected the sheet is scaled to the specified scale. If the scale causes the sheet to exceed the size of a single page, it will be printed on multiple pages. In this case the preview shows lines on the sheet to indicate how the sheet will be split into multiple pages.

 

Sheets: This section controls what sheets will be printed. All prints all sheets in the project. The From and To options control the range of sheets to print.

 

Image Options: This section controls additional printing options.

Show Grid: This option controls whether the reference grid will be included in the print. Note that whether or not the grid is printed is independent from whether it is currently displayed in the window.

Show Axes: This option controls whether the axes will be included in the print. Note that whether or not the axes are printed is independent from whether they are currently displayed in the window.

Include Background: When this option is selected, the background of the plotted/printed image is filled with the background color. This option is most useful when using color printers. It is off by default.

Vector Output is an option for Layout projects in wireframe or hidden line display. With this option the line work and text are printed as resolution independent geometry to printers and PDF files.

Use Print Line Weights is an option for printing with the line weights you have specified in your project file.

Margin: Defines the border around the physical edge of the paper in which nothing is printed. The margin setting can be used to limit the printing for aesthetic reasons but also it is important to note that most printers cannot print to the edge of the paper so you should select a margin that reflects the printer's characteristics. This is the same parameter available for the layout and is provided here as well for convenience.

 

Print Settings: This button invokes the system specific print settings dialog where a number of printer specific parameters can be set. If the printer supports different paper sizes, the desired paper is selected in this dialog.

 

Print: This button invokes the system specific print interface to send the document to the printer or PDF file.