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Manually Feeding Legal-Sized Paper on HP LaserJet Series II

PSS ID Number: Q37943 Article last modified on 11-02-1994

2.x 3.00 3.10 3.11 4.00 5.00 5.50 6.00



To print in either portrait mode or landscape mode on legal-sized paper with the Hewlett-Packard (HP) LaserJet Series II printer using manual feed with Word version 5.00, set the proper page size with the Format Division Margins command and set the Print Options “feed:” field to Manual.

With Word version 5.50, set the proper page size with the Format Margins command and set the File Printer Setup Paper Feed box to Manual.

With Word versions 2.x, 3.x, and 4.00, you must embed the escape sequence for legal-sized paper in the text at the beginning of the document (see below). Microsoft does not recommend modifying the printer driver in this situation. With these versions of Word, set the Print Options “feed:” field to Continuous.


The required escape sequence is ESC&l3a2h2E (the character following the “&” is a lowercase “L”). To embed this code in the text of the document, do the following:

  1. At the very beginning of the document, enter ALT+27&l3a2h2E. ALT+27 is achieved by holding down the ALT key while typing 27 on the numeric keypad. A left arrow symbol will appear on the screen if this is done properly. Press the ENTER key; the code is now entered. Please note: The escape sequence must be formatted in the default font, Courier 12.

  2. If you are printing in portrait mode, set Format Division Margins “page length:” to 14 inches in Word versions 4.00 or 5.00 and 13.3 inches in all previous versions. If you are printing in landscape mode, set the “page length:” field to 8.5 inches.

    In Word version 5.50, set the Format Margins height box to 14 inches. If you are printing in landscape mode, type “8.5” in the height box.

You can expect a “PC Load Legal” message to appear on the LCD display on the LaserJet Series II after invoking the Print Printer command inside Word (File Print in Word 5.50). Do not manually feed the legal paper at this point. A blank sheet of paper will be taken from the paper tray and fed through the LaserJet. A “PF Feed Legal” message will then appear for each page of your document. Manually feed a legal-sized piece of paper through the manual feed slot on top of the paper tray each time the “PF Feed Legal” prompt appears.

When feeding the sheet manually, make sure to feed the paper into the manual feed slot until the paper comes to a stop. Failure to do so may cause a sheet from the tray, as well as one from the manual feed slot, to be fed into the LaserJet, which will cause a paper jam.

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