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How to Easily Print a Large Image to Multiple Pages in Windows

August 8th, 2009

PaintLet’s say you’ve got a ginormous image that you’d like to print. Maybe it’s a picture of a map, and the resolution of the image is something like 2000 by 2200 pixels. Obviously, you could just print the image to a single sheet of A4/Letter paper, but you’d lose a lot of detail.

If you’re a serious Photoshopper, you’d probably just fire up that particular app and use the built-in functionality to split and print.

For the rest of us, however, that’s not exactly what we’d call “easy”. The good news is that Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 all give you a wonderful (AHEM!) application that does exactly what you need…

You’re going to find this hard to believe, but that built-in Windows app that will split-print an image for you is none other than Microsoft’s much-maligned Paint application!!

I know – whodduh thunkit?

Although I have to say that Paint in Windows 7 is definitely better than the previous version, at least in terms of looks…

In any case, here’s what you do:

  1. Open the image you’d like to print in Paint
  2. Select: Print -> Page Setup (Vista and 7), or File -> Page Setup (in XP)
  3. Under Scaling, select Fit to and change the setting to something like “2 by 2 page(s)”
  4. Click OK
  5. Print the image from Paint, and make sure to select “All Pages”

That’s it – you’re done. You can take any image and have Paint print it out on multiple sheets of paper. If you’d like, you can also adjust the page margins in the Page Setup. In any case, all that’s left is to trim the white border from the individual printed pages, break out the scotch tape, and go to town.

Before you know it, you’ll have your huge image printed and assembled on regular-sized paper.

What’s really strange about this little feature is that I know a lot of people who would love to know about it. But 10 out of 10 people I asked had no idea that Paint could do this. Most people I talk to also have no idea that even in Windows XP, you can select a bunch of images, right click, and choose Send to -> Mail Recipient. That will present a little box that lets you automatically resize the images to a smaller resolution before opening your default e-mail client and attaching the resized images to a new message. And yet every Mac user knows their system can do that…

But then, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. When has Microsoft ever successfully advertised the truly useful features in their operating systems?

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  1. Michael
    March 14th, 2013 at 12:35 | #1

    Brilliant! Just what I was looking for to print holiday panorama photos.
    The answer was there all the time but many thanks to you for pointing it out.

  2. Amy
    March 21st, 2013 at 01:04 | #2

    Perfect to print a large “pin the tail on the bunny”. Thanks for the tip.

  3. Victoria
    April 18th, 2013 at 10:05 | #3

    Fantastic! Just used this for work. Thanks!

  4. April 21st, 2013 at 18:47 | #4

    Thanks so much for this. Not only is it surprising how few people know this; it’s truly astounding how hard it is to find the answer by Googling.

  5. Serge
    May 14th, 2013 at 04:45 | #5

    Thank you, this is a great tip!

  6. Ilike
    May 29th, 2013 at 17:36 | #6

    Great tip, and exactly what I needed to print out a big image on multiple sheets that can be trimmed and pieced together without losing anything. Thanks!

  7. aidan
    June 19th, 2013 at 18:50 | #7

    When I did this I selected 2 by 1 because i need it printed over two pages and it simply printed the image on one page and left the other page completely blank…

  8. DC
    June 21st, 2013 at 03:34 | #8

    Works great. Thanks for this!

  9. Kęstutis
    June 23rd, 2013 at 18:22 | #9

    Amazing tutorial. Works perfectly. Thank you!

  10. Ryudo311
    August 30th, 2013 at 05:26 | #10

    @aidan try doing 1 by 2 and make sure your orientation is correct. i did this at first and by switching the numbers i got the results i wanted

  11. alex
    September 1st, 2013 at 18:52 | #11

    Thank you so much, awesome tip!

  12. An Asymptote
    September 9th, 2013 at 13:08 | #12

    Thanks a lot… much appreciated.. :)

  13. Steve Wilson
    November 3rd, 2013 at 23:16 | #13

    You’re right. ‘Whodo thunk’ MS Paint could have done this. I sure wouldn’t have. I’m just grateful that I searched on the web for a solution before attempting to do it on my own. Many thanks!

  14. Amazing
    November 15th, 2013 at 18:39 | #14

    Amazing! Exactly what I needed

  15. Wanda
    November 20th, 2013 at 15:25 | #15

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I would have loved to have known about this a long time ago!

  16. Bala
    November 28th, 2013 at 15:45 | #16

    Thanks a lot. :)

  17. Ramesh
    December 16th, 2013 at 12:50 | #17

    Very good good. thanks

  18. TEA
    January 20th, 2014 at 13:59 | #18

    Great tip! Used it as I was printing a mosaic image onto 5 x 5 A3 pages. One thing to consider is to be aware of setting the margin related to the printer used. Thanks!

  19. Nick
    January 21st, 2014 at 17:11 | #19

    Thank you!

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