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printer shrinking text for all types of print jobs

laserjet pro MFP M127fw
Microsoft Windows 10 (32-bit)

Sometime in the last few days my printer started reducing the size of all print jobs, I tried creating PDF's instead of printing from an application but it is an equal opportunity shrinker - everything is reduced. I reset factor settings and that did not help. Any suggestions. I am using a relatively new HP desktop with windows 10 and a laserjet pro MFP M127fw which is plugged directly into the computer using a cable. Thanks!

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printer shrinking text for all types of print jobs



Print Size, including fonts, is managed within the program you use to submit the job to the printer.


You have perhaps left a previously used setting in Printing Preferences:


Control Panel > icon view > Devices and Printers >

Right-Click your Printer > Printing Preferences


Select the shortcut you want to use and / or select a shortcut > make changes > "save as" a new shortcut.  Next time you want to use that custom shortcut, open the Properties / Preferences / similar name in the software used to submit the job and click to use the custom settings (shortcut).




Examples of Print Preview settings / setup





Right-Click a clear space along the top ribbon in Firefox > CHECK Menu Bar


Firefox > File > [Print] > Print Preview >

Scale: Select Percentage OR Shrink to Fit

Page Setup > tab Format & Options (wording varies)



  • Shrink to fit page Width:

Setting is useful to control text / images that might otherwise extend beyond the sides.

NOTE:  Ensure Scale is NOT set to zero





Internet Explorer > File > Print Preview >

Shrink to Fit > Fit the page contents to paper


Internet Explorer > File > Page Setup >

UNCHECK Enable Shrink to Fit >>   Set page contents at 100%





Open Edge browser > open your URL / webpage > Settings (three dots, upper right) > Print > More Settings





Chrome > Settings > Print > More Settings

Place mouse at the right side of the Preview to see settings for Fit width and Zoom in / out



Adobe Reader DC


Open the PDF file (as shown with Adobe Reader X1/ Adobe Reader DC)

File > Print

Under Page Sizing & Handling: Select Actual, Shrink, or Custom Scale as appropriate



As always, be aware of the “extras”:  Stay alert; UNCHECK the little boxes to avoid extra software you do not want installed along with the main Adobe Reader program.

Adobe Reader DC Download





  • Scaling – Paper Size Auto Adjustment


Word document > File > Options >

Under Print >>   Clear / Uncheck Scale content for A4 or 8.5 x 11" paper sizes


NOTE:  This setting can be counter-intuitive; investigate both the CHECKED and UNCHECKED settings; select the setting that provides the desired result.


The following might apply to per page output up to sixteen-per-page:


Word document > File > Print Preview > Page Setup > tab Layout >>

Under Page Format >>

Ensure Pages per Sheet is set to 1


  • Scaling Output – Document Format > Printed Paper Size


Scaling Your Output



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