I am struggling to print out 1 inches square grid on A4-paper. The squares comes out about 1,8 inches.

I have tried on 2 different printers (Brothers DCP-L5500DN Laser printer, and a Epson ET-2820 inkjet). I also tried printing out different grids from Internet, and simple squares with Google Draw document.

When I print I made sure to set size to actual size, no paper margins, and used 300 PPI.

  • Why don't you just scale it to 1.8 times smaller and print again? Are you printing directly from the browser or using any graphic software?
    – Luciano
    Aug 5, 2022 at 12:43
  • I tried printing with Gimp, Windows Photo and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. I am not sure why scaling it to 1.8 would solve it?
    – Olof84
    Aug 5, 2022 at 12:50
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    In your print dialog, make sure you do not have "fit to page" selected, instead choose scaling as none/100%
    – Billy Kerr
    Aug 5, 2022 at 12:59
  • It won't solve it per se but you'll get your grid printed in the correct scale in the meantime.
    – Luciano
    Aug 5, 2022 at 12:59
  • I can´t t see an options "fit to page". But I tried both Actual size and and size to 100%.
    – Olof84
    Aug 5, 2022 at 13:22

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I doubt Google Draw is the correct tool for this. I have just made a Document, and the only sizing options are proportions, not real dimensions.

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I recommend you to use the proper software. Use Inkscape which is free.

  • I get the same issue when producing 1 inch square with Inkscape.
    – Olof84
    Aug 7, 2022 at 10:50

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