If you’re encountering the printing error message Your margins are pretty small when you try printing a document from Word or Excel on your Windows 10 computer, then this post is intended for you. When you encounter this issue, you’ll receive the following full error message;
Your margins are pretty small. Some of your content might be cut off when you print. Do you still want to print?
For most applications, like some documents, this is not a problem. However, if you are creating a document such as a brochure or other marketing material for your business, the pre-programmed margins may not suit your needs. For some printers, you can expand the print area by adjusting the margins in the software’s print dialog box. However, without a specialized printer, there may still be a small portion of the page margins that you cannot access.
Your margins are pretty small
If you’re faced with this issue, you can try our recommended solutions below in no particular order and see if that helps to resolve the issue.
- Run Printer Troubleshooter
- Use the maximum printing area
- Change the Page size to A4
- Export the Word document to PDF and print
Let’s take a look at the description of the process involved concerning each of the listed solutions.
1] Run Printer Troubleshooter
This solution requires you to run the inbuilt Printer Troubleshooter in Windows 10 and see if the issue will be resolved. If not, continue with the next solution.
2] Use the maximum printing area
The main reason behind this issue is that you are trying to print a document exceeding the minimum limit of margin, which varies printer to printer. To automatically fix it, do the following:
- Open the Word document you are having the issue with.
- When the document has opened, click on the Layout on the menu-bar.
- Now, click on the Margins.
- Now, on the bottom-most portion of the drop-down window, click on the Custom Margins.
- In the Page Setup window, in the Margins section, set all the margins to 0.
- Click OK.
As soon as you click OK, a prompt will appear referring to the minimum margin requirements.
- Click the Fix button.
Now, in the Margins section, you will notice the top and bottom margins have automatically set to the minimum value.
- Click OK.
You can now print the document without any issues.
3] Change the Page size to A4
Do the following:
- Press the Windows key and type Printers.
- Click on the Printers & Scanners from the top of the search result.
- On the right-hand side of the Settings window, click on the printer device you are currently using.
- Now, click on Manage.
- Next, click on the Printer Properties to access the printer settings.
- In the Printer Properties window, go to the Advanced tab.
- In the Advanced tab, click on the Printing Defaults.
- Now, go to the Layout tab.
- Click Advanced.
- Now, click on the drop-down beside Paper Size.
- Select A4 from the list of the available sizes.
- Click OK to save changes.
Exit the Setting window and try printing and see if the issue persists. If so, continue with the next solution.
4] Export the Word document to PDF and print
This solution entails that you convert the Word document to PDF and the print. This should resolve the issue.
Hope this helps!