Print to file checkbox in ArcMap is disabled

Last Published: April 25, 2020


The ability to Print to File is disabled in the ArcMap Print dialog box.


Print to file is only enabled when the 'Use Printer Paper Settings' option is checked on in the Page and Print Setup dialog box.

At ArcGIS Desktop 9.2, the ability to print to file is enabled whenever the settings result in one page, for example, a tiled print with only one page set to print.

Solution or Workaround

Set the layout page to use the printer paper settings, which locks the layout page to the paper size of the currently selected printer.

  1. Navigate to File > Print and Page Setup.
  2. Check on the 'Use Printer Paper Settings' checkbox to activate it, and then click OK.

Article ID:000008179

  • ArcMap 9 x

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