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HP Designjet 500, 510 and 800 Printer Series - Setting page size from the front panel

Setting page size from the front panel

  • Adjusting the page size from the front panel: Details how and why you would adjust the page size from the front panel.
  • Page size: Describes the various methods of controlling the page size.
  • Page size and clipped images: Explains what happens if you choose a larger page size than the current paper loaded in your printer.

Adjusting the page size from the front panel

You do not normally need to adjust the page size through the front panel, because the page size you have selected in your HP driver overrides the page size selected in the printer. However, some of the circumstances in which you may want to change the default setting are:
  • When you want to save paper by printing only the inked area of your print, plus the margins. In this case set Page Format > Size > Inked area.
Depending on the driver you are using, you may not need to change the page size in the front panel. The default Size setting (Software) in the Page Format menu causes the printer to look for the page size information in the print file: if it is there, the printer uses it.
However, some of the circumstances in which you may want to change the default setting are:
  • If you want to print the inked area only, but the driver you are using does not specify "Inked area".
In this case, set the Size setting in the Page Format menu to Inked area.
If you can select Inked area from your driver, any selection you have made in the front-panel menu will be overridden by the settings in the driver.
  • When the prints you are creating need to be of a specific standard (for example, ISO or ANSI), but the actual size within that standard is not important. For example, your page size may need to conform to a standard ISO page size, but it does not matter whether the final page size is ISO A4 or ISO A3.
In this case, set Page Format > Size to ISO > Best... or ANSI > Best... etc. The printer uses the smallest standard size into which the inked area will fit.

Page size

The Page Size option lets you select the page size of your print. The options are described in the following table. If you need to adjust the page size from the front panel, do so before sending the file from your computer. The printer determines the size of a print at the time it is received from your application.
note:
Settings will be overridden by your driver or application.
Page format
Available sizes
Inked Area
The printed page size is the Inked area plus margins.
Automatic
The printer looks to the print you have sent for a page size instruction. If it is present the printer uses this. If not, the printed page size is the inked area plus margins.
ISO
Best(a) ISO A, ISO A0/A1/A2/A3/A4
The printed page size is exactly the size you specify. The largest discrete page size you can specify is E/A0
ANSI
Best (a) ANSI, ANSI E/D/C/B/A
JIS
Best (a) JIS B, JIS B1/B2/B3/B4
ARCH
Best(a) ARCH, ARCH E1/E/D/C/B/A
Oversize
Over A1/A2
Extra
100 cm x 140 cm, 42 in x 59 in
a. The printer chooses the smallest page size from the corresponding discrete options that will hold the inked area of the print. For example, if Best ISO A is selected and the inked area of the print is between A3 and A4,the printer chooses A3 as the page size.

Page size and clipped images

If you specify in your software a page size that is larger than the paper size loaded in the printer, the printer will still print what it can, but may clip your image.

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