I understand how (in theory) to get images to be a specific size in inches, but when I follow the documentation, all of my output seems to be scaled down by a factor of a bit less than 70% (e.g., ImageSize -> 72x8 gives an image size of about 5.5 inches rather than 8).

How do I ensure that my images print at a specified size in inches? Are there settings or additional options beyond those described in the documentation for ImageSize that I need to use?

In context, what I'm trying to do is print a generated graphic from within a Manipulate using a button using

Button["Print",  NotebookPrint[pat]]

or perhaps something like

Button["Print", NotebookPrint[Show[pat, ImageSize -> 72 patzise]]]

and I'd ideally like to apply whatever settings are needed to get a properly sized output, without messing with global or notebook level settings.


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Try setting the printing environment on 'Working' using the File > Printing Settings > Printing Environment menu. The default for printing, the Printout stylesheet uses a condensed version of the screen stylesheet.


If you open the stylesheet editor (Format > Edit Stylesheet...) while using the standard notebook style you get this:

Mathematica graphics

Click on Default.nb and open the environment style to find the Printout style:

Mathematica graphics

Open the Printout cell with CtrlShiftE to find:

Cell[StyleData[All, "Printout"], Magnification -> 0.72]
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    $\begingroup$ Related: stackoverflow.com/a/6124065/590388 $\endgroup$ Oct 29, 2012 at 23:14
  • $\begingroup$ That works in some cases (e.g. using the context menu) but not others, in particular not for NotebookPrint[g], which is what I'm doing. I've tried Button["Print", {SetOptions[pat, PrintingStyleEnvironment -> "Working"], NotebookPrint[pat]}] (I need to use a button to print), but that doesn't work. $\endgroup$
    – orome
    Oct 29, 2012 at 23:15
  • $\begingroup$ So what I need to do in context is set just the PrintingStyleEnvironment for the expression I'm printing (as in the comment above), as I print, but ideally leave global settings unchanged. $\endgroup$
    – orome
    Oct 29, 2012 at 23:42
  • $\begingroup$ I've updated the question to that effect. $\endgroup$
    – orome
    Oct 30, 2012 at 4:21

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