Google defines a pdf as “a file format that provides an electronic image of text or text and graphics that looks like a printed document and can be viewed, printed, and electronically transmitted.”
Many forms and plats are sent in pdf format and sometimes they are at a size and scale you may not have a printer capable of using.
When you want to print a pdf, if it opens within your browser, you are limited how it prints. However, if you have the Adobe Reader installed (here), you have a few other options. First, save the file in your browser. Do this by moving your mouse around the image until the menu pops up in the lower right corner. Click on the “save” button (the icon that looks like a 3.5″ floppy disc). If this is one you will keep, you may need to rename it. If this is the case, do so now. (Be sure to save it somewhere you can find it, like your desktop.)
If all you want to do is print the entire page, you can do that from the browser menu. But if you would like to print a section of the pdf, then it becomes necessary to download it.
Open the file on your computer and zoom the window to include only what you want printed. If you need to “reshape” the window to be more a portrait or a landscape, do this by adjusting the size of the Adobe Reader window. As you resize the window, you will see that the visible area changes. If the image in the box keeps changing zoom as you resize, click on “View” then “Zoom” then “Fit Visable”.
Once you have adjusted your window to show what you want to print, then click on the print icon or on “File” then “Print”. Once here, you have several options. If you click on “More Options” and select Current View, once you print, it will only print what you have shown in your window.
Be sure that you have selected to “Fit” so that it will fill the printable area. Also, under orientation, you should select “Auto portrait/landscape”
If, by chance, you are printing something, like a survey or federal form, you need to print these to the scale that they were created. Choose “Actual Size” and print on the correct paper size.