Overview: Printing Report Data

Monarch Classic prints report pages based upon the page breaks in the report file. Since these page breaks may have been set for another printer, which may have used a different font size and page length, each report page may require more or less than a single sheet of paper. The actual amount of information that will fit on each page is determined by several factors:

  • Font size: Font size has a dramatic effect on the amount of data that fits on each page. Many wide reports print best at 6 or 7 points. Normal 80 column reports often print best at 10 or 12 points. See Selecting a font.

  • Margins: Margins affect how close data is allowed to print to the edge of the page. You can use the margin settings to make small adjustments to the amount of text that will fit on each page. The Top and Bottom margin settings affect where the data will break onto a new page. If it’s a matter of a few lines not fitting on a page, try decreasing the top and bottom margin settings. If the problem involves more lines, you may need to decrease the font size or change the paper orientation. See Setting margins.

  • Orientation: The paper orientation setting specifies the direction that text will print. For wide reports, which may be clipped at the right margin when you print, set the paper orientation to Landscape. For longer reports that break onto two pages, set the orientation to Portrait. Set the orientation using your printer's print dialog.

As you experiment with these settings, you can use the Print Preview command to observe the effects. See Previewing a print operation.


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