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How to Print Online Search Results

How to Print PDF Files


Printing online search results

To ensure all of the information from your search result will fit on standard 8 1/2" x 11" (letter-sized) paper, print your result using your printer's Landscape format.

To set your printer to use Landscape format, follow these instructions for your platform:

  • For Windows:

    1. Choose Print Frame from the window menu, or click the Print button located on the toolbar of your browser. A Print dialog box opens.

    2. In the Print dialog box, click the Properties button. Another dialog box opens.

    3. In the new dialog box in the Orientation section, check the radio button for Landscape. Click OK to accept the new format. The dialog box closes and you return to the Print dialog box.

    4. In the Print dialog box, click OK to print your search results page.


  • For Macintosh:

    1. Choose File > Page Setup from the desktop screen menu.
      A Page Setup dialog box opens.

    2. In the Page Setup dialog box, next to Orientation, click the icon for Landscape format. Click OK.

    3. Next, click the Print button located on the toolbar of the browser window, or choose File > Print from the desktop screen menu. Click OK.

Note: All printers are slightly different. These directions are therefore general in nature and will work for most printer configurations, but may not describe your printer setup exactly.

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Printing PDF documents

To print a PDF document:

  1. Click the Print button located on the toolbar of the PDF window, or choose File > Print. Specify the printer, page range, number of copies, and other options, and click OK. Most of the options are the same as they are for other applications, but note the following:

    • Selected Pages Or Selected Graphic (Windows) or Selected Thumbnails/ Graphic (Mac OS) prints only the pages or page area you selected before opening the Print dialog box.

    • Page From/To prints a range of pages. In Windows and UNIX, if the Use Logical Page Numbers option is selected in General preferences, you can enter page-position numbers in parentheses to print those pages. For example, if the first page of a document is numbered ÒiiiÓ, you can enter (1) to print that page. Annotations prints annotation graphics on the pages. The annotations are printed as closed, even if they are open on the pages online. Fit To Page scales pages up or down (and if necessary rotates them) to fit the paper size currently installed in your printer. This is not available in most other applications.

    • Print As Image (Windows and UNIX) prints the pages as bitmap images. (In Mac OS, this is set in the Print Method pop-up menu.) You may want to print pages as images if they have too many fonts to print as PostScript¨ or if the pages use non-embedded Asian fonts not available on your system. Print Method, in Windows and UNIX, specifies which level of PostScript to generate for the pages. Choose the level of PostScript appropriate for your printer. In Mac OS, this specifies whether to print using PostScript (without selecting level) or to print pages as bitmap images.

    • Force Language Level 3 (Mac OS) prints the pages using LanguageLevel 3 PostScript. Select this option if youÕre printing PostScript to a file rather than to a printer and you want to use LanguageLevel 3 PostScript. (When you send PDF to a printer, let the printer driver specify what level of PostScript to use.) This is available only when you choose PostScript in the Print Method pop-up menu; if you choose PostScript in the menu and do not select this option, Level 2 PostScript is used.

    • Download Asian Fonts downloads Asian fonts to a PostScript printer. Select this option if you want to print a PDF document with Asian fonts but do not have the fonts installed on the printer and do not have the fonts embedded in the document. (Embedded fonts are downloaded whether or not this option is selected.) You can use this option with a PostScript Level 2 or higher printer, or a Level 1 printer that supports Type 0 font extensions.

      Note: Some fonts cannot be downloaded to a printer, either because the font is a bitmap or because embedding of the font is restricted in that document. In these cases, a substitute font is used for printing, and the printed output may not match the screen display exactly.

    • If Download Asian Fonts is not selected, the PDF document prints correctly only if the referenced fonts are installed on the printer. If the fonts are not on the printer but the printer has similar fonts, the printer substitutes the similar fonts. If there are no suitable fonts on the printer, Courier is used for the text. If you have a PostScript Level 1 printer that does not support Type 0 font extensions, or if Download Asian Fonts does not produce the results you want, print the PDF document as a bitmap image. Printing a document as an image may take longer than using a substituted printer font.