Subject: Setting the scale and view



You can print or plot the entire drawing or a selected portion of a drawing. You can choose to print what is visible on the screen, or you can specify to print an area of the drawing.

You can control the position of the drawing on the paper by specifying the origin of the print area, the location of the lower left corner of the print area, in relation to the lower left corner of the paper. The origin is normally set to 0,0, which places the lower left corner of the print area as close to the lower left corner of the paper as the printer or plotter will allow. You can specify a different origin, however, by specifying different coordinates.

When you create a drawing, you generally draw entities full-size. When you print the drawing, you can specify the scale of the resulting print or let the program adjust the size of the drawing to fit the paper. To print the drawing at a specific scale, specify the scale as a ratio of drawing units to printed units.

If you are printing from a Layout tab, the scale and view options you specify can be different for each layout that you create.

To automatically scale the drawing for printing

   1   Click the Layout tab or Model tab for which you want to set to scale automati­cally.

   2   Do one of the following to choose Page Setup Manager ():

   On the ribbon, choose the Application button then choose Page Setup Manager, or choose Output > Page Setup Manager (in Print).

   On the menu, choose File > Page Setup Manager.

   On the Format toolbar, click the Page Setup Manager tool.

   Type pagesetup and then press Enter.

   3   Select the desired page setup, then click Modify.

   4   In Print Scale, select Fit to Paper to scale the drawing to fit on one printed page.

   5   Click OK.

   6   Click OK.

To specify the scale factor yourself

   1   Click the Layout tab or Model tab for which you want to specify the scale factor.

   2   Do one of the following to choose Page Setup Manager ():

   On the ribbon, choose the Application button then choose Page Setup Manager, or choose Output > Page Setup Manager (in Print).

   On the menu, choose File > Page Setup Manager.

   On the Format toolbar, click the Page Setup Manager tool.

   Type pagesetup and then press Enter.

   3   Select the desired page setup, then click Modify.

   4   In Print Scale, do one of the following:

   Select a pre-defined scale in the Scale list. For example, choose 1:2 if you want 1 printed unit (inch or millimeter) to equal 2 drawing units. The list of available scales is set up using the Scales List command. For more details, see Custom­izing the scales list.

   Type the ratio of printed units of measure (inches or millimeters) to drawing units.

   5   To specify the printed units of measure, choose Inches or Millimeters.

   6   Click OK.

   7   Click OK.

To specify a portion of the drawing to print

   1   Click the Layout tab or Model tab for which you want to specify the area to print.

   2   Do one of the following to choose Page Setup Manager ():

   On the ribbon, choose the Application button then choose Page Setup Manager, or choose Output > Page Setup Manager (in Print).

   On the menu, choose File > Page Setup Manager.

   On the Format toolbar, click the Page Setup Manager tool.

   Type pagesetup and then press Enter.

   3   Select the desired page setup, then click Modify.

   4   In What to Print, click one of the following:

   Display — Prints the view on the screen.

   Extents — Prints the area that contains entities in the drawing.

   Limits — Prints to the limits defined for the  drawing. (Available for model page setups only.)

   Layout — Prints to the edge of the layout. (Available for layout page setups only.)

   View — Prints the selected saved view. (Available for drawings that have saved views.)

   Window — Prints the portion of the drawing contained in the specified window, maintaining the aspect ratio of the windowed area to the drawing.

If you clicked Window, you must specify the window. Under Windowed Print Area, enter the diagonal x- and y-coordinates of the window, or select the area on the screen.

   5   Click OK.

   6   Click OK.

To specify the print area origin

   1   Click the Layout tab or Model tab for which you want to setting paper size and ori­entation.

   2   Do one of the following to choose Page Setup Manager ():

   On the ribbon, choose the Application button then choose Page Setup Manager, or choose Output > Page Setup Manager (in Print).

   On the menu, choose File > Page Setup Manager.

   On the Format toolbar, click the Page Setup Manager tool.

   Type pagesetup and then press Enter.

   3   Select the desired page setup, then click Modify.

   4   Under Print Offset, do one of the following:

   To center the specified print area on the printed page, select Center on Page.

   To specify an origin for the print area, type the x- and y-coordinates.

   5   Click OK.

   6   Click OK.

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