powerpoint slides printout

i want to print for eg. 4 slides in one A4 size. but to maximize the whole A4 size. Can't find anyway from the printer/print settings. I heard from my colleague it can be done without using any 3rd party software or plug in.
grnowAsked:
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KirillMuellerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
In the print preview, is the page in portrait or landscape?

Have you tried selecting the number of slides per sheet in the "Properties" dialog for the printer? (Hit the "Properties..." button right of the control that allows you to select a printer.) This is independent of the application -- even Word can print four pages of a document on one sheet, provided that the printer driver supports this. With this setting, you select one slide per sheet in PowerPoint's print dialog and four "pages" per sheet in the printer driver's dialog.

What printer do you want to print to? If your printer does not support this, printing to PDF first might be an option, however, this would involve third-party software.
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KirillMuellerCommented:
Hit Ctrl+P, a dialog pops up that allows you to choose a printer and to set other options. There is a "Properties" button right of the printer dropdown, where you can choose, on the first tab "Layout", the number of pages (=slides) per sheet of printed paper.

In addition, the "Print" dialog (after Ctrl+P) lets you choose to print handouts, where you can also select the number of slides per sheet.

Which version of PowerPoint do you use?
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grnowAuthor Commented:
i understand what you mean, there is an option for me to choose how many slides per A4 page as well as allowing me to choose handouts. However, the 4 slides doesn't utilize the full A4 size. the slides are too small.  i'm using powerpoint 2003 with service pack 3
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KirillMuellerCommented:
Are the slides orientated properly? What are the approximate dimensions of the printed slides? Which option do you choose -- "handout" or "four pages per sheet"?
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Engineer_JOCommented:
Check   "scale to fit paper".
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grnowAuthor Commented:
its handouts (4 slides per page). its chosen as landscape. scale to fit paper already selected. when i print preview, its shown as handouts (4 slides per page), zoom 79%... hmmm.. the diemensions is roughly 5 cm by 4cm per slide... with lots of empty spaces by the sides
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grnowAuthor Commented:
Thanks! it works now. Didn't realize it could be so simple:0)
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