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https://jordanm.co.uk/downloads/LifeCalendar.pdf

I have to print the above PDF for an assignment. When I download the PDF and look at the properties, 420 × 594 mm (portrait) is stated. I want an A1 (594mm x 841 mm) version of this PDF.

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However, when I select print on Google Chrome, the only largest option I am given is A3. enter image description here

How do I make an A1 version of this PDF?

The printer, which can print A1, is at my school so I have not connected my laptop to a printer. This is why the Print Destination is "Microsoft Print to PDF". I'm also a complete beginner in printing.

I genuinely apologise if this is the wrong place to submit this question!

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    Hi. The available sheet sizes are dependent on the printer driver. The Microsoft Print to PDF driver doesn't support A1, as far as I know. Instead, you should probably print this directly to a printer which actually supports A1. If you are taking this to a print shop, just them to print it at A1. You don't need to do anything. They will know how to scale it up.
    – Billy Kerr
    May 27, 2023 at 11:56

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I really don't understand why the Print Dialog destination is set to print to a PDF. That file is a PDF. Just save/download the file and you'll have a PDF. You do not need to "print to PDF".

However, in the Print Dialog...

Scale > Fit to Paper

or

Scale > Fit to Printable Area

PDFs are not designed to just arbitrarily be resized. They can be scaled, but generally not resized easily. PDF is a self-contained, end-use format, it's not a "construction" format. If you want the file at different dimensions, and looking as if it were designed to fit those dimensions, one would generally need to rebuild the layout to fit new dimensions.

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  • Thanks for your response. How does guarantee that the file will be printed with the dimensions (594mm x 841 mm)?
    – useresu
    Dec 28, 2022 at 0:30
  • I don't understand what you are trying to do. You are printing a PDF to a PDF which makes no sense. Are you trying to resize the PDF but keep it a PDF? A1 is 594 x 841mm - that PDF is roughly 419x954mm It doesn't fit on an A1 sheet, it's too long. So, scale it to fit. Is your printer capable of printing A1?? Set the proper print destination and scale it to fit. It will scale proportionally - meaning it will be narrower than the A1 width.
    – Scott
    Dec 28, 2022 at 0:34
  • That PDF is not 420x594mm - its, roughy 419x954mm (16.53x23.39 inches) You're looking at it reduced to 95%. That may account for why you think the dimensions are smaller than they are. Or... the "properties" are merely showing what's currently displayed, not the actual file dimensions.
    – Scott
    Dec 28, 2022 at 0:41
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    The sizes in the Print dialog are in direct correlation to the Print Destination Driver. If the driver doesn't support a size, then that size is not an option. You need to first use the correct print destination driver -- you may then actually see A1 as an option if your printer supports A1.
    – Scott
    Dec 28, 2022 at 0:55
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    The PDF fits on an A1 naturally, so if you can select A1 in the Page Size for printing you should be good to go. I think the trouble you are seeing is all due to not having the correct Print Destination Driver selected.
    – Scott
    Dec 28, 2022 at 1:31

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