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Draw size choices: 'Distribute on multiple sheets of paper' vs. 'Tile sheet on paper with repeated pages' ?? [closed]

asked 2017-11-14 23:09:58 +0200

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updated 2020-10-20 01:20:12 +0200

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What's the difference between these two Draw printing Size modes? Help does not cover these modes.

  • Distribute on multiple sheets of paper
  • Tile sheet on paper with repeated pages

I want to print a 36" wide poster on multiple landscape pages.

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answered 2017-11-15 08:01:26 +0200

updated 2017-11-15 08:34:23 +0200


Tile pages puts multiple small pages onto one large page, unscaled. For instance, if you create a drawing with a page format of 4.25"x 5.5" (1/4th of a letter page) and print that on letter paper with tiling, it will put 4 non-scaled images on one sheet of letter paper. Tiling worked in OpenOffice 3.2.1 and appears to work properly in LO rc1, but only when I force it to use paper size from print preferences. From your description above, it sounds like your commit should fix this issue.

I don't think the description of "Tile sheet of paper with repeated pages" is very meaningful, but I can't come up with anything better. It literally is just tiling the pages.


when you set page size to A2, and in printing set paper size as A4 and have "Distribute on multiple sheets of paper" selected, page will be printed to 9 pages

(I suppose that 9 is because paper has printing margins, so actual printable width/height of A2 is less than A4 x 2)

I'd suggest you to file a bug against LibreOffice Help

Edit: I filed an enhancement request for restructuring of these two options. (Still, please file a separate bug against help, as proposed above.)

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Mike Kaganski, right, you need to add some room to print register marks, so you can glue the sheets as good as possible together, that s why you often get 9 A4 pages in stead of A4 pages.

If you want to design to a maximum of 4 sheets, you have to adjust the original paper size, to a custom size that is slightly smaller than an A2 sheet.

Henk C. Meerhof gravatar imageHenk C. Meerhof ( 2017-11-15 11:40:41 +0200 )edit

@Mike Kaganski, I see. Thank you. I added to your Enhancement Request:

  • Document page is larger than printer page
    -Print each document page onto multiple smaller printer pages.

  • Document page is smaller than printer page
    -Print multiple small pages onto a single larger printer page.

EasyTrieve gravatar imageEasyTrieve ( 2017-11-15 21:10:04 +0200 )edit

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