Altium Designer Documentation

Print Preview

Modified by Susan Riege on Mar 5, 2018

The Print Preview dialog

Summary

This dialog allows you to view printouts and edit their setup definitions before actually printing.

Access

The Print Preview dialog can be accessed in the following ways:

  • From the schematic or PCB editor, click File » Print Preview.
  • Click Preview or Print Preview in a Properties dialog from the Project Options - Default Prints dialog (Project » Project Options). 
Depending on how you access the dialog or the type of printout you choose, various Properties dialogs may open with either Print Preview or Preview available.
  • In the Projects panel, right-click on any document name then click Print Preview.
  • In the Projects panel, click Project then click Print Preview.

Options/Controls

The dialog is divided into three main regions:

  • The left side region contains thumbnails of all pages contained within the document. Click on a thumbnail to jump to that page in the main display area. If there is more than one page, the current page is denoted by a red border.
  • The main area is a preview of what your printout will look like.
  • Buttons located at the bottom of the window allow you to manipulate the view.

Right-click Commands

The following commands are available on the right-click menu, accessed from either of the top two regions:

  • Copy - use this command to make a copy of the current page.
  • Export Metafile - use this command to export the current preview as a Windows Enhanced Metafile (*.EMF).
  • Page Setup - use this command to open a dialog and change printing properties of the current preview, such as paper size, scale and color.
  • Print - use this command to open a dialog and configure printer options then print.
  • Setup Printer - use this command to open the Printer Configuration for dialog to configure printer properties.
If the Preview window opens with only a single schematic sheet showing, select Setup Printer from the Preview window right-click menu, then in the Print What region of the Printer Configuration for dialog, change the setting to Print All Valid Documents
  • Configuration - use this command to open a Properties dialog to change advanced print properties, such as the layers and objects to be printed. 
  • Fit Pages - use this command to fit all pages within the viewing area.
  • Page Width - use this command to scale the page to fit the width of the current viewing area.
  • Whole Page - use this command to show the entire page in preview window.
  • Zoom In - use this command to incrementally zoom in. 
  • Zoom Out - use this command to incrementally zoom out.
Zooming can also be performed using Ctrl+mouse wheel or by using the Page Up and Page Down keys to zoom in and out.
You can pan around the zoomed view by holding down right-click and dragging the document. Use Shift+mouse wheel to scroll horizontally and the mouse wheel to scroll vertically. 
  • Refresh - use this command to update the preview window with your changes, if necessary.
  • Show Page Numbers - use this command to have page numbers printed on each page.
  • Show Print Region - use this command to show the region that will print.
  • Show Margin - use this command to show page margins.
  • Show Grid - use this command to show grid lines in the preview area. Note the grid lines will not be displayed on your printout. 
Many of the above right-click commands have a corresponding shortcut. See the right-click menu for shortcut keys.

Additional Controls

These controls allow you to manipulate the view. Many of these controls are duplicates of the right-click commands described above:

  •  - click to toggle the display of the thumbnails panel. The thumbnails panel shows the thumbnails of a each page.
  • All - click to display all pages of a multi-page printout in the preview window. 
  • Width - click to adjust the document so the width of the page matches the width of the preview window.
  • 100% - click to adjust the document so that the entire page fits in the preview window. 
  • Print - click to access the Printer Configuration for dialog to print the current printout setup. 
  • % - displays the current zoom factor. Type in a value to scale the current preview.
  • Arrows - the following cluster of arrows can be used to quickly navigate through multi-page printouts:
    • First - click to go to the first page of a multi-page printout.
    • Previous - click to go to the previous page of a multi-page printout.
    • Current - reflects the current page number. You can also enter a page number then click Enter to go directly to that page.
    • Next - click to go to the next page of a multi-page printout.
    • Last - click to go to the last page of a multi-page printout.
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