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ArcMap clips the map during printing. The map looks fine in the layout, but it is clipped when printed.
The map does not fit on the printer page, or the map page does not correspond with the selected printer page.
ArcMap by default creates a map with a page size of 8.5" x 11" or A4 portrait. The map prints on the computer's default printer using the default page size and orientation for that printer. Since the default page size and orientation on most printers is 8.5" x 11", or A4 portrait, the map most likely prints clipped. Click File > Print Preview to preview the map on paper.
When printing a map that does not use the 'Same as Printer' page option (known as 'Use Printer Paper Settings' in ArcMap 9.x), ArcMap prints the entire map page displayed in layout, including any white space in the map as a map surround.
This is an example of an letter-sized, landscape map as seen in ArcMap Layout. Note the white space around the map elements.
This is how the above map looks in ArcMap Print Preview, printing to an HP DesignJet 1055CM on a letter-sized, landscape page when the Same as Printer option (known as Use Printer Paper Settings in 9.x) is not used.
ArcMap places the entire above map in the bottom left-hand corner of the maximum printable area of the selected printer and printer page size, thus pushing the map out of the maximum printable area and clipping the map when printed.
A. Click File > Page Setup.
B. Click the Printer Name drop-down list and select the appropriate printer.
C. Click the Printer Paper Size drop-down list and select a page size that is slightly larger than the map page size. For example, if the map is 11" x 8.5", then select 'ARCH A' (9" x 12"). Be sure to match the page orientation, if needed.
D. Click OK.
ArcPress has larger printer margins than either Windows or PostScript, so it may cause clipping even with a larger printer page size. Be sure to check Print Preview to verify that the map will not clip when printed.
Note the Layout preview in the lower right-hand area of the dialog box. As the options are changed, the preview shows how the map will print or look in ArcMap Layout.
At ArcMap 8.x, do not use the 'Same as Printer' option under these circumstances:
· The map document is intended to be shared with others who do not have access to the printer.
· The printer on which the map is intended to print is not installed on the computer.
· The map requires a specific industry page size.
In any of these cases, set up the page so the custom page size corresponds or fits within a page size from the printer.
This does not apply to 9.0 and newer versions of ArcMap.
Be sure to use Print Preview as printers have different margins, and the map may extend into these margins.