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    Print Preview accuracy (Word97/SR2)

    Hello -

    In Print Preview, depending upon what percentage one chooses, certain elements can look "off." IE, in a table, the right-most column's border line can look askew unless, it seems, 100% is chosen. ( I.E., at 45% the line looks crooked; at 100% it appears straight). What percentage level can one 'trust' to be accurate?

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    Re: Print Preview accuracy (Word97/SR2)

    On mine they ALL appear to be straight. I used a file with full page table in it and all percentages appear fine.

    I am using a Flat screen LCD at 1280x1024, and Word 2003 which may make a difference.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Print Preview accuracy (Word97/SR2)

    The magnifcation does matter.

    Years ago, independently of print preview, I encountered a problem where, for particular fonts, particular characters were not visible on the screen in certain magnifications.

    I find t he most reliable test is to create PDF and then look at the PDF.

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    Re: Print Preview accuracy (Word97/SR2)

    I prefer 400% <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> But seriously, if you are viewing 8" across on the monitor, you are only seeing about a third of the pixels that will be sent to the printer. Pixels have to be averaged, so you get distortions, or you miss small differences.

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    Re: Print Preview accuracy (Word97/SR2)

    Jefferson -

    Thanks for the info.

    So, 100% is the view to rely on, not a lower percentage, even 75%, yes? I do find that at say, 45%,there is quite a distortion.

    Have a good weekend, ACM

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    Re: Print Preview accuracy (Word97/SR2)

    Even at, say, 95%, you may see distortion, since Word will have to smuggle a bit.

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    Re: Print Preview accuracy (Word97/SR2)

    I should think that, unless you zoom to whatever magnification matches the on-screen resolution to your printer's resolution, you risk a measure of distortion.

    And I don't think the problem is entirely related to screen resolution: I find that pages with objects embedded in both the header and the body change the apparent relative positioning of the objects at different magnifications. Even at mulitples of a given magnification the relative positioning can change quite a bit vertically, with a horizontal line in the foreground above another horizontal line in the background at one resolution and vice-versa or overlapping at a different magnification.
    Ultimately the real test is to print the page! More like wysiwymg than wysiwyg (m = might).

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    Re: Print Preview accuracy (Word97/SR2)

    You're correct, point taken.

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