How to Print Letter Size Pages on a Mac | Printing Guides
So you've done your research, you bought your perfect planner pages, and now... you're stuck. How do you print those beautifully designed and artfully crafted planner pages that you bought maybe here? Well I am about to show you. If you're interested in seeing all the print tutorials, you can hop on over to this page. But in this post I'm going to show you how to print letter size pages on a Mac.
So before we hop in - Letter size pages measure at 8.5" x 11" and they fit into any normal size binder, letter size discbound notebooks (like arc or levenger), and the Big Happy Planner. If you're looking for planner pages in this specific size you can see what I offer in my shop here .
Luckily letter size is the standard paper size in the US so it's incredibly easy to print them. But that doesn't mean I'm going to leave you hanging! I'm still going to run through how I print my pages.
What you'll learn:
Below I go through my method for printing both a full, dated planner (think 2017 daily planner) and a DIY, fill-in, random page planner. I talk about the basic steps that you'll need to go through, and at the bottom I include a screenshot walk-through to give you a better visual. I've included a walk-through of my current Canon MG7720 printer (inkjet).
From start to finish, you will need the following items:
1 a computer with Adobe Reader
I always suggest having the latest Adobe Reader program. It's free and it works the best with my pages (and most pages) because I design in Adobe.
2 printer and printer paper
3 a hole punch
If you want more info on planner basics check out this blog post .
And now a disclaimer:
While I try to do my best to cover as much as I can when it comes to printing, I cannot know what every printer is like. I also cannot promise that my ways of printing will work for you or will turn out as well as they do for me. I do suggest that if you are having issues with your printer you google the problem first, as those familiar with your printer will likely be able to help you more than I can. If you can't find your answer, feel free to leave a comment and I can try my best. I also suggest that you be aware of your printers capabilities before you purchase any planner pages. In addition, I am not very familiar with Mac (I am a Windows/Android all the way), so if there is a better way to do something or something I missed PLEASE comment below.
Also everything is based on using US Letter size paper as the basic printer paper.
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printing a dated planner - 'as is' method
This is always my suggest method of printing your planner pages. It's much easier to get pages in order for a dated planner or to get double sided pages for other pages. The basis of this method is that you have pre-cut pages and you print 'as is' - meaning in that page size. And luckily for you, this is the only method you need.
step 1 - open your pages in adobe reader
step 2 - hit print
Under 'Page Size + Handling', be sure 'Actual Size' is selected.
step 3 - page setup
Be sure the paper size is correct. In this case, you'll make sure it's set to Letter / 8.5" x 11".
Step 4 - Printer Setup
Select your desired print quality. I always suggest printing at a good quality so you have a good planner. This may mean simply 'high' quality, or you can select 'photo' quality, whichever is better. You can also manually adjust the color settings on some printers to get a more accurate match to the screen output.
This may be displayed as 'double sided' or 'duplex' printing. Be sure to select it if your printer can handle it. If it is letter or half letter, it should be able to. My printer, for example, can automatically print letter size double sided but to print half-letter double sided you need to change it to manual. This means it prints out one side of the stack, you put the paper back in, and then it prints the other side. My printer cannot print personal side double-sided, so I have to print those one at a time. If you aren't sure what your printer can do double-sided, you can either google or just try it out & see.
step 5 - print
Now all you need to do is print! And punch holes in the pages.
canon walk through:
1 Print Box - Select Actual Size, then click Page Setup
2 Page Setup - Be sure letter size paper is selected, then click OK and go to 'Printer'
3 Printer - in 'Layout', you can select that your pages print double sided (you'll want long edge binding)
4 Printer - in 'Media & Quality', you can select best quality for printing.
printing random pages - 'as is' method
So I won't run through this again, but if you're printing fill-in dated pages or add-on pages (like any of my planner packs or bundles), this is your safest bet. You can be sure that your pages will be printed in order and double sided.
Hope this helps you in your planner printing! If you have any questions feel free to comment below, or if you've found a solution to a problem you've been having please comment too - I'm sure others are having that same issue.