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    Posted: 20.Jun.2017 at 00:28
I have just got back to drawing in auto cad after 20 years.  Picking back up on it fairly well but am having a problem printing to scale on 8.5 x 11.  Ive watched several you tube videos but not helping.  After setup page setup manager the preview is always too small.  Probably not something easy to explain but really could use someones help.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20.Jun.2017 at 07:15
Hello Joe, what are your print settings ?
You should set your settings ( and save them in the file for the next times ) before printing.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20.Jun.2017 at 11:34
Are you printing from model space or from a paper space layout?

Did you draw everything in model space at full size or did you draw everything "to scale" as one might do manually on a drafting board?

What type of drawing is this?  Architectural. mechanical, civil, other?

Can you attach a copy of the drawing (.dwg file) to your next post so we can have a look at it?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20.Jun.2017 at 17:03
As far as I know I drew on 1/1 scale in model space. The annotation scale is set that way. Its an architectural drawing about 40' by 40'. In paper space when i click on the viewport and set the standard scale to 1/4" = 1' the drawing shrinks too small. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20.Jun.2017 at 17:18
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20.Jun.2017 at 17:23
Why are you using imperial units for the drawing scale yet plotting to a metric paper size AND using a metric scale of 1mm = 1 unit?

You are mixing apples and oranges and expecting it to work?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20.Jun.2017 at 17:31
Well like I said its been nearly 20 years since using auto cad.  I started drawing without any thought to the settings until i got further into the project.  I was drawing in decimal feet which i figured was fine.  The page set up settings have been confusing to me although becoming more and more clear.  Are you able to tell me how to fix it? 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20.Jun.2017 at 17:39
I wasnt aware that I was drawing in imperial units or printing in millimeters.  It shows inches from what I see.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20.Jun.2017 at 17:58
So can we assume you started with the default template file named acad.dwt and not the metric version named acadiso.dwt?

If you want to print the drawing out at a scale of 1/4"=1'-0" then shouldn't you also be printing to a 8.5x11 sheet of paper?

Please attach a copy of the .dwg file to your next post so we can have a look see.  That should end all doubt.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21.Jun.2017 at 14:21
Hello Jsouth and John, Jsouth your file is set on feet as units ( command UNIT and take a look at what is shown as 20 years ago this didn't exist ).
Your print problems should be fixed with little things.
Eventually draw a rectangular viewport of 8.5 x 11 and play with the printing parameters.
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Jsouth, I took a look at your file and it seems that the "problem" is the scale of 1/4" to 1'.
On a 8.5 x 11 paper size I would have set 1'-1/2" to 1" ( or ZOOM 1/8 XP ).


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