Fix: Your margins are pretty small printer error

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Your margins are pretty small error

One big issue that arises while trying to print is getting this error:

Your margins are pretty small, some of the content you print may be cut off. Are you sure you want to print?

This is an extremely annoying error message since it repeatedly appears. Plus, a good number of users describe starting a large print job and walking away only to discover that it never started because they didn’t dismiss the warning.

If you too are frequently encountering this error message, follow the steps listed in this detailed guide and you will get rid of it in no time.

How can I remove Your margins are pretty small error?

1. Redefine the unprintable area

Print dialog

First of all, do note that the printer defines the printable margin area, but it’s Word that warns you of the margin crossing. Word simply gets the information from the printer driver, so it’s wise to redefine the unprintable area in the printer’s Property setting.

To remove the warning for good, you will need to print with at least the minimum margins specified from your printer. The value varies between different printer models, but 0.17 inches is often the default minimum.


2. Use the automatic adjustment of the margins

use the automatic adjustment

In case of not knowing your printer’s minimum margins value, let the program take care of this task for you. You only need to click Fix and you’ll further notice the position of text shifting on the document. As stated by other users, they find the adjustments as being very small, barely noticeable.

However, if you don’t like the result, feel free to use to undo the change, or simply close the file without saving that change.


3. Set Printable area to Maximum

Printable area set to Maximum removes error

Another workaround is to enter into Printer properties, under the Advanced tab, and select the option that says Compatibility. Here you’ll see a selection for Printable area. Don’t hesitate to change it from Standard to Maximum.


4. Change file size to A4

your default printer

  1. Conduct a search by typing Control Panel into the search box and typing Enter.
  2. Click on Devices and Printers. You should get a series of icons identifying the printers for which you have installed drivers, along with the default printer.
  3. Select Printing Preferences which houses a wealth of settings for print quality, layout, profile presets, and more.
  4. While here, just change the original size to A4.
  5. Finally, click on Apply.

When you are still getting this annoying message, a simple readjustment of the file size could become effective and nothing will cut off again.


5. Save the file as PDF file

PDF file

For large documents, i.e. mail merges, you may try to save the file as a PDF, then print it from Adobe Reader. Printing to a PDF is a bit of a hassle indeed, but this helps you clear up all previous issues.


6. Configure Alignment and Wrapping options

configure Alignment and Wrapping to remove error

If you’re doing a label mail merge, we have another quick tip for you. All you have to do is to change the table’s wrap format to Around, center-aligned, then make the left and right margins equal-sized.

To make it happen, enter into Table Tools > Layout >Properties>Table, and you’ll find there the table Alignment & Wrapping options.


Increasing the paper size a little is another trick described as possibly working while trying to use a different driver for the printer is also recommended. Start with the most recent one provided by the manufacturer. If this makes no difference, go further back to an older one.

That said, getting rid of the Your margins are pretty small printer error should be quite easy and can be done in just a few minutes. If all these solutions are inefficient, seek professional help from the printer manufacturer.

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