how to shrink a document to 8 1/2 x 11

I have some documents that are bigger (about 8 1/2 x 14) than a standard piece of paper.  I want to scan them and then shrink them to an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper to print them on one page.

How can I do this?
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
What software do you use to scan? Most scanning/imaging software has a resizing feature. If yours doesn't, I can make some recommendations (for both free and non-free software), but let's start with whatever you're using now. Also, what are the make and model of your scanner? Regards, Joe
al4629740Author Commented:
I am using MFC 9130cw
al4629740Author Commented:
I just scan from printer and it pops up on computer
8.5x14 is legal,
when printing, do you have an option to fit to page?
what format are you scaning into? the adjustment wll shrink your view.

are you looking to OCR the information?
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> I just scan from printer and it pops up on computer

But it pops up on the computer in a program. For example, the Brother MFC-9130CW comes bundled with a program called PaperPort and with Brother's own software called ControlCenter4. If you're using PaperPort, it has a Resize button on the ribbon with its SET tools:

PaperPort Resize
Click that and you'll get the Resize dialog:

Resize dialog
Since you want to reduce 14 to 11, you should set the Scale percentage at 78, that is, 14 x .78 = 10.9. Of course, this will make the other dimension 11 x .78 = 6.9, but you need to do that to retain the aspect ratio — otherwise the length and width would no longer be proportional. Regards, Joe

Update: I was thinking about my answer after posting it and realized that your purpose in resizing from Legal (8.5x14) to Letter (8.5x11) is "to print them on one page." My answer above is for actually creating a resized document (which would be around 7x11), not simply printing the Legal size doc to a Letter size piece of paper. If all you want to do is the latter, the Print dialog should let you do that. For example, here's the Print dialog in Adobe Reader XI for an 8.5x14 PDF that I scanned in with PaperPort:

Print - Actual size
As you can see, if you select Actual size, the top and bottom will get cut off. But if you select Fit or Shrink oversize pages you'll get this (note the Scale factor of 76%):

Print - Fit
For finer control of the output, you could select Custom Scale and enter whatever percentage you want. Regards, Joe

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