Microsoft KB Archive/93049

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Using Write to Determine Unprintable Regions


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows versions 3.0, 3.0a, 3.1, 3.11
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server versions 3.1, 3.5, 3.51, 4.0


The Microsoft Windows Write program, which ships with Windows, can be used to determine the unprintable regions (minimum margins) for any Windows printer driver. The unprintable regions of a page are regions that the printer cannot print to because of its design (that is, the print head or image drum) and/or its paper-handling mechanism (that is, the sheet feeder).

Note that the Write program has been replaced with WordPad in Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0.


The unprintable regions displayed by Write apply to all applications that use standard Windows printer drivers. Applications that include non-Windows printer drivers, such as WordPerfect for Windows, have different unprintable regions when non-Windows drivers are selected. Knowing the unprintable regions for a given printer driver is useful for troubleshooting and creating page layouts in programs such as Word for Windows and Microsoft Publisher.

Steps to Reproduce Problem

  1. Start Write.
  2. From the Document menu, choose Page Layout.
  3. In the Page Layout dialog box, type 0 (zero) for either the Left, Right, Top, or Bottom Margin.
  4. Choose the OK button. Windows then displays the following message:

          Current printer cannot print outside these margins
          Left: 0.2"                           Right:  0.3"
          Top:  0.25"                          Bottom: 0.22" 

    NOTE: the above margins are for the Okidata OL-400 laser printer. Other printer drivers have different margins.

Additional query words: 3.00 3.00a 3.10 4.00 3.50 limits limitation margin region win95 win95x winnt

Keywords : kbprint
Issue type :
Technology : kbWinNTsearch kbWinNT351xsearch kbWinNT350xsearch kbWinNT400xsearch kbWinNTSsearch kbWinNTS400xsearch kbWinNTS400 kbWinNTS351 kbWinNTS350 kbWinNTS310 kbWinNTS351xsearch kbWinNTS350xsearch kbWinNTS310xsearch kbWin3xSearch kbWin95search kbWin300 kbWin300a kbWin310 kbWin311 kbWin95

Last Reviewed: December 16, 2000
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