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I am new to llustrator and was just wondering about setting up for printing. I have set the artboard size to 34 x 28. When it is created, there is another box on the screen in the lower left that I assume represents the print area based on my printer. When I change the print page to match the artboard, they don't match. When I select different print page sizes they are positioned in different spots on the artboard. Should not the print page always be centered in the middle of the artboard regardless of the size of the board?

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The print area can be moved. This can be useful if you have a large document but only want to print a small section on a small page for example.

In your tool box if you hold the pointer on the hand icon to expand it you will find a tool that allows you to move the print extents.

BTW It took me a long time to figure this one out and it is still something I hate about illustrator. Why this tool is hidden away when it controls something so crucial is beyond me!

I like being able to see the print extent, but I wish the control were more intuitive. When I worked in FH I always wanted to see the margins on my page and it took alot of work to set up templates that had these.

This is definitely something I would like to see improved in future versions of the software.

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Thanks. Thats what I needed. You're right, that should be more intuitive.

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Historically, I thought the "page tool" used to be on the top in the the tool box (not hidden under the "hand tool") but I checked back to AI 7 and it was still hidden. Perhaps it was in plain sight in AI 6. Does anyone have that old version?

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Bruce,

You can also toggle the visibility of the page margins/outline with the ever so obvious "Show/Hide Page Tiling" under the view menu.

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