How do I Change the Page Size of a PDF File?

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How do I Change the Page Size of a PDF File?
It's not hard to change your PDF's page size to fit your printer's settings. (computer image by Hao Wang from Fotolia.com)

Portable Document Format files come in a variety of page sizes including "Letter," "Legal" and "Custom." When printing the documents on your desktop printer, it is possible to change the document's page size to fit the size your printer can print or to select a custom size beyond the default page size. You can also reduce the PDF's size if the document is too large. The PDF file itself doesn't change. Only the print settings for the file change within Adobe Reader or another PDF reading program.

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Things you need

  • Adobe Reader or similar PDF reader program

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open Adobe Reader or similar PDF reader program.

  2. 2

    Click "File" and "Open." Navigate to the directory containing the PDF file you want to print. Double click on the file's name to open it.

  3. 3

    Click "File" and "Print." Click "Properties."

  4. 4

    Click the down arrow next to "Size" under the "Paper Options" or "Paper Size" heading.

    Select the paper size you want: "Letter," "Legal," "A4," "5 x 7 in," "4 x 6 in" or other size. Click "OK."

  5. 5

    Click "OK" to print your PDF.

  1. 1

    Click "File" and "Open." Navigate to the directory containing the PDF file you want to print. Double click on the file's name to open it.

  2. 2

    Click "File" and "Print Setup."

  3. 3

    Click the down arrow next to "Size" under the "Paper" or "Paper Size" heading.

    Select the paper size you want: "Letter," "Legal," "A4," "5 x 7 in," "4 x 6 in" or other size. Click "OK."

  4. 4

    Click "File" and "Print." Click "OK" to print your PDF.

Tips and warnings

  • If printing a small document on a "Letter" or larger paper setting, click "File" and "Print" then click on the down arrow next to "Page Scaling:" and select "Fit to Printable Area" or "Expand small pages to paper size" to enlarge the small document to fit the paper size you want. Click "OK" to print your PDF.
  • If you are printing a large document on a small paper setting, select "Shrink to Printable Area" to reduce the large document so it will fit on the paper size you want. Click "OK" to print your PDF.

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