A1 document. Red rectangle represents desired section to export to pdf.

I'm having trouble specifying a print area for a document in InDesign:

The document size is A1, yet I want to print a specific section in A3 paper. Any ideas how to achieve this?

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    I understand the question, but I don't understand the image?
    – Cai
    Jun 13, 2016 at 18:39

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First drag the zero point of your rulers to the top left of the area you want to print.

Then open the print dialog and under the Setup tab, check Tile and select Manual. You can see in the preview on the left that the printed page (the smaller rectangle) is positioned on your document (the larger rectangle) at the zero point of your rulers.

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  • Oh. My. God. You just solved a problem that has been bugging me for years and that I thought had no solution. I often needed to print a specific area and I had NO idea that you could move the zero point for that. Great, thanks!
    – mdomino
    Jun 13, 2016 at 19:04
  • Okey, thank you. Thought there would be a more intuitive way where you could move the print area through the document to know exactly whats going to be printed. This methods is pretty inaccurate I think, and you dont get a preview of whats gonna get printed
    – ShynnSup
    Jun 13, 2016 at 19:40
  • How is it inaccurate? You define the exact point you want to print from. Just draw a rectangle the same size as your paper, place it where you need and drag your zero point to the corner of the box.
    – Cai
    Jun 13, 2016 at 20:05

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