Friday, 11 December 2009

Hint and Tips - Printing Large Maps

In these days as more and more of us strive to have paperless offices, we try and print fewer documents but sometimes it is required if you are unable to access a PC, for example when attending a meeting.

That’s why there is a print option in MindGenius but when you are faced with a large map the text can be too small to read. However, this can be fixed by amending your Printing options.

To check what your print is going to look like, check the “print preview” option.

If the map is too large, the text will be too small to read, rendering your printed map unworkable.

Print Preview also has it's own Ribbon to help you configure your printed maps.

Select 'Page' from the Print Preview Ribbon to Access the Page Setup dialog.



The default here is to fit the map onto 1 page but there are options to print the map on multiple pages.

Start a new page at each level 1. Your map will now print on multiple pages. You can use the 'Pages' option to preview the content of multiple pages.





The first page shows only the level 1 branches and represents an index for the following pages and each page auto is orientated to suit the content.

If the content of any of the individual pages is still too large, you can use Page Breaks to break the map down further.

To do this, identify a section of the map that could sit on its own page. From the Insert Ribbon (or right click context menu) select 'Page Break’. This area of the map will now print on its own page.

Did you also know......

Using the Print Map dialog, you can print text outlines in addition to the map image by choosing to include branch notes or not, or only branches with notes. This is useful for generating presenter notes, or for colleagues happier reading info in this linear format.



Do we now live in a paperless business world, or is this too difficult to achieve? Do you print maps, or any other documents, if so, what are the main reasons you do this?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very helpful. Would be useful to have a print button to click for a print configured version of these tips. Nick K

Anonymous said...

There always seems to be a lot of white space on MG printouts, it would be really good if MG could optimise text size and fit better onto the page, filling the white space. Peter F.

Anonymous said...

It would be helpful if you could set your default paper size (ex. Letter instead of A4).

DerekJ said...

Good idea to have these Hints & Tips printable. I've added a link to a printable pdf for this one; http://edge.mindgenius.com/Hint_and_Tips_Printing_Large_Maps.pdf

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