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Selecting page sizes larger than printer

Hi.  I have an A4 printer.  This limits the size of paper I can select when creating documents in differant Microsoft programs.  But I want to have a greater selection, even though I can print on some of those sizes.  For instant, I want to create a flow-chart on Microsft Visio on A3 paper so I can send to someone who has an A3 printer for them to print.  But I dont have this option.

Hope you can help

Geoff
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Geoff,

For Visio, here is how to change the printer paper size (however, it seems from your question that you may have tried this, but the option you want, is not visible?):
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/visio/HP012311271033.aspx

The best solution I could give, would be to use a PDF writer that allows PDF's to be written to A3, instead of the maximum of your printer (A4). If you want to try a shareware PDF writer, look at this: http://www.acropdf.com/using.html

If you have office 2007 (MS has a PDF writer you can download/install)?

If you go to http://www.downloads.com
and you search "Free PDF Writer" and 13 programs come up. The great thing about the PDF approach, is that your file can easily be e-mailed to your friend for printing, as I am sure he/she has a PDF reader (liked adobe acrobat) installed.

I use PDF's for almost everything I do at my company, for a number of reasons. Issues like you are having (printing on different printers) users that have different screen sizes or versions of the original software (for example Visio 2003 or Visio 2007) installed or because I want to "limit" what people can see. So instead of sending an entire Excel workbook, with many worksheets, I just make a PDF (by clicking print and saving the file) of the specific worksheet(s) that I want them to see, plus they don't have the data to make changes, add errors, etc.

I hope that this helps you out, good luck!
Kevin
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Thanks Kevin

I find that relying on rescaling paper prior to printing partly helps.  But I want the advantage of developing document in the final print size, prior to creating pdf.  For instance, with my vision flow-chart, I need more room to develop whole flow chart.  If I was working on an A3 page rather than A4, I would be OK.  Same for WORD documents.  Excel is OK, because can scale down whole page to fit everything in.
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Kevin.  It works.  Thanks heaps.  Cheers Geoff