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HP LaserJet 2300 Series Printer - Setting a Custom Page Size

Introduction

This document explains how to use the custom paper feature of the HP LaserJet 2300 series printer to print on paper sizes other than standard sizes.

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Setting a custom paper size on computers running Windows 95/98/ME or NT4.0

Use the following steps to set a custom paper size on computers running Windows95/98/Me and NT 4.0.

  1. In the software program, click File .

  2. Click Print .

  3. On the Paper tab, click Custom .

  4. Specify the custom width and height.

  5. Click Close .

  6. Click OK .

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Setting a custom paper size on computers running Windows 2000/XP

Use the following steps to set a custom paper size on computers running Windows 2000 and XP.

  1. Click Start

  2. Select Control Panel .

  3. Select Printers and other Hardware Devices in XP Home Edition or Select Printers and Faxes in XP Professional Edition.

  4. Click File menu

  5. Click Server Properties

  6. Click Create a New Form

  7. Specify a name and dimensions for the custom paper size
  8. Click Save Form

This new paper size will be included in any list of paper sizes in the driver and application tabs. Application print dialog boxes also often have settings that allow for creating custom paper sizes.

Setting a custom paper size on Macintosh OS 9.x and earlier computers

Use the following steps to set a custom paper size on Macintosh OS 9.x and earlier computers.

  1. In the program being used, click File , and then click Page Setup .

  2. On the Page Attributes drop-down menu, click Custom Page Size .

  3. Click New to create a named custom page size. The new custom page is automatically added to the Page Size menu in Page Setup.

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Setting a custom paper size on Macintosh OS X computers

Use the following steps to set a custom paper size on Macintosh OS X computers.

  1. In the program being used, click File and then click Page Setup .

  2. Click the Settings drop-down menu.

  3. Click Custom Paper Size .

  4. Click New , and then name the custom paper size (name of your choice).

  5. Type the appropriate height and width for the document - do not forget to add margins. Click Save .

  6. Click the Custom Paper Size drop-down menu.

  7. Click Page Attributes . Make sure that the Format for drop-down menu is set to Any Printer.

  8. Select the saved custom paper size from the Paper Size menu.

    Notice that the dimensions of the custom paper size that were saved earlier show up directly underneath the name of the custom paper size after it is selected. Also, if the orientation in Page Setup has been changed, the displayed dimensions might not change - this is normal and does not affect the output.

  9. Click File and then click Print . Make sure that the appropriate printer is selected in the Printer drop-down menu before clicking Print .

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Custom Paper Size dialog box

The Custom Paper Size dialog box opens when the Custom button is clicked on the Page tab.

Figure 1: Custom Paper Size dialog box

When the Custom Paper Size dialog box appears, the drop-down menu in the Name group contains one of two things, depending on the current paper size selection in the Paper tab:

  • If the paper size selection is a previously defined custom size, then the drop-down menu contains the name of that custom size.

  • If the paper size selection is a standard paper size, then the drop-down menu shows the default name "Untitled" for a custom paper size.

    NOTE: In Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Millennium Edition (Me), two names for the same size media can coexist (for example, "big" and "BIG" can both be used as names for custom-size paper measuring 8.4 x 11 inches). In Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, and Windows XP, both uppercase and lowercase names can be used, but they cannot be used to name the same paper size.

The new name is compared only against the list of user-defined custom paper-size names, and not against the standard paper-size names. The complete set of titles for this button and the specific characteristics that determine its title and capabilities are discussed in the table below for "Dynamic command button."

The following table describes the options in the Custom Paper Size dialog box.

Option
Description
Name
The Name drop-down menu shows the name of the last selected custom paper size. Use this menu to type new names for custom paper sizes and to select from the list of currently defined custom paper sizes.
The name that appears in the menu is one of three things, depending on the following conditions:
  • If a saved custom paper size has been selected from the menu and the other controls in the dialog box have not been changed since then, the Name menu shows the name of the last selected custom paper size.

  • If the width or height controls have been changed since a custom size was selected or saved, or if a saved paper size has just been deleted, the Name menu shows the default name of "Untitled."

  • If a new name has been typed into the Name menu for the purpose of saving a new size or renaming an existing size, that new name remains in the menu until a saved custom paper size has been selected from the menu.

If a new name is typed into the Name menu, but then the Save button is not clicked, it should be possible to change the width and height values without losing the name. However, if a saved paper-size name is selected from the menu, any unsaved name or size values are lost without warning, and replaced by the values of the selected custom paper size.
Dynamic command button
The button located to the right of the Name menu has three possible labels:
  • Save is the button title whenever the height and width values have been changed since the last save or since the selection of an existing custom paper size. Clicking the button causes the name in the Name menu to be compared against each of the saved names. If a duplicate is found, a dialog box appears, asking if it is okay to replace the existing item. If Yes is clicked, the old item is updated with the new values. If No is clicked, the driver returns to the Custom Paper Size dialog box, where a different name can be typed. The new name is compared only against the list of user-defined custom paper names, and not against the standard paper-size names. Whenever the command button has the Save title, it is the default button.

  • Delete is the button title whenever the name of an existing (previously saved) custom paper size appears in the Name menu, such as immediately after selecting an item from the menu or clicking the Save button. Clicking the Delete button causes the saved custom paper size to be deleted, after which the Name menu changes to "Untitled," the height and width controls are unchanged, and the button title changes to Save .

  • Rename is the button title when something is typed into the Name menu after selecting an existing custom paper size from the menu. If no duplicate is found, the name of the stored custom paper size changes to match the contents of the Name menu. Whenever the command button has the Rename title, it is also the default button.

Width and Height
The width and height values can be changed either by typing numeric strings into the edit boxes, or by using the up and down arrows. Any entry that is greater than the maximum limits of the width and height control is rounded down to the maximum valid entry, while any entry that is smaller than the minimum limits of the width and height control is rounded up to the minimum valid entry (see "Custom width and height control limits" below).
If units are in millimeters, the custom paper-size range minimum is the limit rounded up to the nearest whole millimeter. The custom paper-size range maximum is the limit rounded down to the nearest whole millimeter. Any non-numerical entry reverts to the last valid entry.
Width and height entries are validated when the focus has changed. The resolution of each control is one millimeter or one-tenth of an inch, depending on the current measurement units. Clicking the up and down arrows increases or decreases the current value by the increment amount (within the allowed range of values). The computer determines the rate at which the values change. Unit indicator labels change dynamically to indicate inches or millimeters, depending on the measurement units the driver is currently using. To change measurement units, click the measurement units button.
Paper and envelope icons
The paper and envelope icons visually define width and height.
Measurement units button
Use this button to toggle the unit of measurement between metric (millimeters) and standard (inches) units of measurement.
Close
The Close button closes the Custom Paper Size dialog box according to the logic in the following table. In all cases, any custom paper sizes that are successfully saved (and not renamed or deleted) while the dialog box is open remain in the paper size list in the Paper tab.

The following table lists options that appear when the Close button is clicked.

If the drop-down menu contains . . .
And the button says . . .
This happens when the Close button is clicked.
Untitled
Save
The dialog box closes, but changes that were not saved are lost.
The current paper size remains the same as it was when the Custom button was selected.
<user-typed text>
Save
The dialog box closes, but any changes that were not saved are lost.
The current paper size remains the same as it was when the Custom button was selected.
<name of saved item>
Delete
The dialog box closes, and the current paper size is set to that which was last shown in the drop-down menu.
<user-typed text>
Rename
The dialog box closes, but any changes that were not saved are lost.
The current paper size remains the same as it was when the Custom button was selected.

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Custom width and height control limits

The minimum paper size for the printer is 76 x 127 mm (3.0 x 5.0 inches) and the maximum is 216 x 356 mm (8.5 x 14.0 inches). The following table summarizes paper size limits for each paper-handling device.

Media source or paper-handling accessory
Minimum size (width x height)
Maximum size (width x height(
Tray 1 (multipurpose)
76 x 127 mm (3.0 x 5.0 inches)
216 x 356 mm (8.5 x 14.0 inches)
Tray 2
148 x 210 mm (5.8 x 8.3 inches)
216 x 330 mm (8.5 x 13.0 inches)
Tray 3
210 x 279 mm (8.3 x 11.0 inches)
216 x 297 mm (8.5 x 11.7 inches)
Duplex printing accessory
210 x 279 mm (8.3 x 11.0 inches)
216 x 356 mm (8.5 x 14.0 inches)

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