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10/1/11
Original Poster
Giles Warren

The printed document is different to how the document looks on screen

I have a document which I have spent a lot of time creating in Google docs and it looks great on screen.  However when I print it off the pages the page breaks are all in the wrong places, so  it does not print off correctly.  Part of it was copied and pasted from an existing Word document.  Do you think this is what is causing the problem and have you any recommended fixes?



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Gill
10/1/11
Gill
<<Do you think this is what is causing the problem >> Possibly.
<<have you any recommended fixes?>> not really - the print preview should show what you get reasonably accurately.
10/1/11
Original Poster
Giles Warren
Thanks Gill.  What is very annoying is that it is an 18 page document with lots of tables and will take ages to do from scratch.  Is there any way of telling where the problem might be - or could I send it to someone technical at Google and pay them to resolve it or redo it?  I have lots of other documents that I want to move into Google from Word, so is there anything that I can do to remove any coding that might be causing problems before I paste the information?  Thanks.
Bas Braams
10/1/11
Bas Braams
The issue with print and conversion to pdf is huge. Basically Google Docs cannot be used as a word processor for a final product that is in pdf format or that is printed text. (There is no significant operational distinction between the two.) Google Docs can only be used as a pre-processor for such a word processor. The GDocs document must then be exported to Word or to Open Document (Libre Office, odt) format and final processing must be done there. In a document that contains tables or equations it is insufferable. Some further references are here [1].

10/1/11
Original Poster
Giles Warren
Thanks Bas Braams - that's really helped,  as of course once the information has been completed online I can always download back to word/pdf and then print what my clients and I need for signing.  Thats brilliant!  I've just tried it and the end result is great and took only seconds to format correctly.  That's really helped because now I view google docs as an online information portal rather than it being an all singing all dancing word processor!!  Thats saved me hours of re-typing an 18 page document and  the result might not have been any different anyway!?!  Thanks again, I can go back into the garden and enjoy the sunshine again and continue to celebrate the England vs Scotland Rugby World Cup win!  Cheers!
Google user
11/3/16
Google user
Hi all,

Thanks for your continued feedback on this issue. This has been shared with the product team to investigate. In the meantime, there is a possible workaround. Open the doc in Chrome and print as PDF, which should give equivalent pagination.

Hope this helps and thanks for your patience.

Julianne
Docs Community Manager
Mary WW
11/4/16
Mary WW
We are having trouble printing in Docs right now, but saving and printing as a .pdf was our immediate work around. It prints perfectly, with no format changes.
Kelly Johnston
11/17/16
Kelly Johnston

I'm trying to create a document in Google Slides, where I changed the landscape to portrait.  The document on the screen looks good.  When I print preview, the margins on the left and right side are cut off significantly.  I have tried to make the slides .jpg, .png, and .pdf with no avail.  PDF looks good on screen, but then again prints with massive margin space.  HELP!!!
 
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