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I printed booklets for my students in InDesign 5.5. Worked perfect, on US Letter paper I was able to get 2 worksheets per side. I'd cut them down the middle and have these great packets of worksheets. I upgraded to InDesign 6 (on both my mac and PC). And now the printouts don't extend all the way to the right of the paper. So when I cut the paper, it's a little off and everything's shifted to the left.

There was an update to InDesign 6 the other day, I installed that... no help :(. Does InDesign 6 no longer print booklets properly? What can I do aside from downgrading?

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You have you printer set to borderless printing? –  Scott Jun 3 '12 at 19:42
    
I'm having a hard time visualizing this. Why would you use Booklet rather than just printing spreads, if you're going to cut anyway? If you expand the question a bit, one of us can probably give you an useful answer. –  Alan Gilbertson Jun 5 '12 at 0:47
    
@Scott - Borderless printing isn't supported by my laser (or any laser AFAIK) and wouldn't matter in this case anyway. I should've clarified, I don't want prints ALL the way to the edge, just close. –  at. Jun 5 '12 at 1:45
    
@AlanGilbertson - I don't know what printing spreads is, but booklet printing is very convenient. I print, cut and fold over. Then staple. For some situations, I use it like a booklet and don't cut, just place a couple staples down the middle. Is there a better way to do this? –  at. Jun 5 '12 at 1:47
    
It sounds like you're printing two booklet spreads (a spread is two pages that appear opposite one another in the finished piece) side by side on one sheet, but I don't think that's what you mean. A diagram would help. Knowing the exact finished (folded) size would also help. (5.5x8.5? 4.25x5.5?) There may be an even easier workflow in there, if I could grasp exactly what the end product is. –  Alan Gilbertson Jun 5 '12 at 23:31
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End-use printers are not precise machines when it comes to pulling paper through them and aligning it. You could print something 100 times and no 2 copies would "line up" exactly. The nature of the machines is such that they can't control precise paper feed alignment without jamming and being unreliable that way. So, most end-use printers have around 1/16" to 1/4" shift when printing.

There's not really a great deal you can do to correct this. You could compensate for the slight shift when printing by not designing anything to the edge of a page or which would make any shift more apparent. Large margins are generally very helpful for this sort of thing.

The InDesign versions should not be a factor. If they indeed are, then you need to ensure you've got settings, print drivers, etc all the same between the two versions of InDesign.

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