# Decrease magnification for printing

I would like to decrease the magnification to a value of my choosing for printing purposes. How can I do this?

• Screen magnification, set at the bottom right of the window, doesn't carry to print output.

• In the option inspector we have Notebook Options -> Printing Options -> PrintingOptions -> Magnification. It seems to have no effect on printing output.

Update: Below I show the exact steps I take to try to reduce the magnification. I am using Mathematica 11.0.0 on OS X 10.11.6.

First I create a notebook with a lot of text in it:

My printing style environment is set to "Printout"

I go to File -> Print, then choose Open PDF in Preview (on OS X). I get an 11-page PDF:

Now I set both the Display Options and Printing Options magnification to 0.5.

I still get 11 pages when printing.

Now I change the printing environment to "Working" and try again. I get 22 pages regardless of magnification settings.

• Are you sure that you selected PrintingStyleEnvironment -> Printing in the advanced options for Printing? If it's set to Working, then I can change the print magnification by setting the Magnification not under Printing options but under Display Options instead. – Jens Aug 15 '16 at 17:23
• @Jens Yes, it is set to "Printout" in File -> Printing Settings -> Printing Environment. Also in Notebook Options -> Printing Options -> PrintingStyleEnvironment in the Option Inspector, which I think is the same. I'm on OS X v11.0.0. Are you saying that it is working for you? – Szabolcs Aug 15 '16 at 20:02
• Yes, it's working for me on version 11.0.0. I'll see if there are any other options I have manually changed, but I believe the only relevant setting I played with were Magnification in those two sub-lists, under Printing and Display options. I then printed it to PDF (open in Preview), and the number of pages was indeed cut in half when I chose 50% magnification. I've used this a lot, in order to produce two-column PDFs from notebooks (choosing two columns and landscape in the print layout dialog). – Jens Aug 15 '16 at 20:33
• @Jens I described how I print exactly. Could you look over it and see if there is a difference in how you do it? – Szabolcs Aug 15 '16 at 20:49
• Default.nb sets up the environment via Cell[StyleData[All, "Printout"], Magnification->0.72], so try altering that to see what effect it has. – rcollyer Aug 15 '16 at 21:03

Cell[StyleData[All, "Printout"], Magnification->0.72]‌​