Is there a standard length of margin left that works for all printers? On my note taking app I want to know how much space to leave so that when I export to PDF and print (on HP, Brother, Epson, you name it) none of the text is left out.

  • All printers is quite broad. Could you scope it down to say office printers made since 2010?
    – joojaa
    Commented Mar 25, 2020 at 14:23
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    usually the default margin on word processor apps is more than enough... but you still better check on the individual printer you'll use. I don't think there's one standard for all printers.
    – Luciano
    Commented Mar 25, 2020 at 14:25
  • I would say that the standard margin is 12,7 mm. on papers. Becaue maybe printers. Or printers use because program have this much left. I know I can override any margins on laser printers. Commented Mar 25, 2020 at 14:38
  • No. There is not.
    – Rafael
    Commented Mar 25, 2020 at 16:17

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There is no standard.

If this is intended for office printing, I might be wrong but I don't think it matters much, as you can always check the 'Fit to Page' scaling option, which will auto-adjust the pages based on your particular printer and its particular margin settings.

I would use a minimum value between 5-8 mm and print with 'Fit to Page'.


No, there is not.

I have seen printers that leave only like 2 mm as borders, and some that need like 1.2 cm.

There are laser printers, inkjet, etc. (there are a LOT of options). The biggest margin is generally the bottom one.

I would say that you need to learn how to interact with the printer. There are several applications that ask for the printer's declared margins. Try Adobe Reader as an example.

When you send something to print, you have the option to send in real size or to scale to fit. I am assuming the scale to fit takes some information about the printer and uses it as a reference.

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