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Printing Labels with Paradox7

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I am still having trouble printing labels to a dot matrix printer(OkiData 590, 1 label across). I am using Paradox7 and Win95.  When I print the labels it cuts of the words, only prints about 1/4 inch. I used the label expert to create the labels(avery 4145).  The printer paper size
is custom @ 350width and 400length, units in .01inches.  When I go into printer setup under windows, page layout, the custom size is going back to 100 by 50 and if I change it and go back in, it will always go back to 100by 50.
Let me know if there is something I can do.
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The reason the printer option 'goes back' to 100 by 50 is because that is what your printer driver has set as the minimum margin it will print.  Most all printers have a minimum boundery, so even if you change the setting in your software to go outside of the boundery, it still won't print data outside of the drivers bounderies.

I'd like to narrow this down to a Paradox or a printer driver issue, so my first question is, does this happen in other applications, i.e., does it cut off 1/4 in Word? If so, the simple solution may be to use the generic windows printer driver, instead of your dot matrix driver.  Try this first.  If that doesn't solve the problem, skip the Label expert and try to build a multi-record form manually.  Sometimes the experts dsplay information correctly, but don't print correctly (among other problems).  If this doesn't work, add a comment - there are some other things we can look at.  Good Luck!

Jay
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I have tried the printer setup in Wordperfect7 and it always saves the custom paper size unlike Paradox. This leads me to believe there is a problem in paradox7.  I tried to use a generic text only printer driver but when I go to print the report out in Paradox it gives me some sort of font error and says that printing is disabled.  I have also tried to use another print drive such as Ibm proprinter II, but had no luck.  I tried to create the report manually and had no luck. I might not have had all the right settings though.  Let me know if there is anything else I can try. Thanks for your help.
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I have tried the printer setup in Wordperfect7 and it always saves the custom paper size unlike Paradox. This leads me to believe there is a problem in paradox7.  I tried to use a generic text only printer driver but when I go to print the report out in Paradox it gives me some sort of font error and says that printing is disabled.  I have also tried to use another print drive such as Ibm proprinter II, but had no luck.  I tried to create the report manually and had no luck. I might not have had all the right settings though.  Let me know if there is anything else I can try. Thanks for your help.
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When using the generic printer, make sure your using a system font, like Courier.  That should get rid of the Paradox font problem.  If it does work with courier, Arial & Times Roman should work.  If all else fails, you could export the DB into a format WP can read and do a mail-merge (though this is pain to do).

You mentioned one label across.  Does that mean there is only one label per row?  If so, is it possible to place the labels on the center of the printer feed - or even to the right side?  This may help, but I'm not sure about your printer or label strip.
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