Friday, January 31, 2014

Setting up custom page sizes for PDF from Word 2010

This Friday's a tip for other authors trying to put your book into PDF for CreateSpace formatting (or really anyone who's wrestled with Word 2010 custom page sizes!) Problem at top so you can see if it compares to yours; solution scroll down a little further.


The problem? When you're trying to print to PDF, the "custom page size" selected on the Word 2010 menu is entered correctly... but when you print the PDF, it has 8.5" x 11" standard margins anyway.

Highlighted: "Custom Page Size"
6" x 9" manually entered via page setup

Also manually entered custom paper size on print screen

Screen showed "Custom Page Size" selected
At this point I clicked print, printed the PDF... and got a PDF document with 8.5" x 11" page sizes, extra margin space filled in with white.


Select Printer Properties.

Under the Adobe PDF Settings, select "add" by Page Size.

In the pop-up window, give your custom page size a name and then enter the desired size. Click "Add."

After you click "OK" the custom page size will now show up in the list of "Select Paper Size" on Word's main print page. Scroll through and select this page size.

Your document will now print in the correct dimensions.

Ever had this problem? Did you find a different solution?

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