In my most recent document, I trimmed two lines from the manuscript because the "print preview" in Wordpad (Windows 8.1) told me there would be only
two lines on the final page.
When it printed on my HP 5150 printer, three lines of text were printed on an additional piece of paper.
What is the point of having a "print preview" if the final document doesn't match the preview?
I don't like to have orphan lines, either, especially if they are only a few words. My full-featured word processing programs used to give me the option of instructing the formatting to group things so as to avoid orphaning. And, I used to be able to set the view so that I could see how my work was going to appear, while I wrote it. That let me know how many pages I had written at any point, so I knew if I was getting too long. Now, some of my wp programs don't do this (at least, not in the default mode).
Any suggestions? Does someone here have great WYSIWYG experience with a particular program?
(I presently have Abiword and Wordpad icons on my old-fashioned Desktop. I am thinking about going back to OpenOffice or Office Libra, if I'm told they perform better in this respect.)
If you have set the page size incorrectly in you program, or printer, then you may end up with inconsistent results. Check to make sure tha the page size in the printer settings and in your word processor settings truly reflects the size of paper that you actually have in the printer.
What Leigh is saying, is that the print preview might have been correct if you had the right margin size. If the printer can't print as close to the edges as your screen page, the overspill will be forced onto a new sheet regardless of what your print preview says. Because it just cant be done the way you want.
thank you, JL, I now understand better.
Since Wordpad has one inch margins, I'm sure that the text is not being rearranged to fit inside a narrower area in which the printer works. One inch on each side is a fairly generous margin.
True. Is there a print check option or page check option? That might tell you what the problem is.