Why does printing to PDF from A4 paper size Word or Excel file, the output is Letter size?

  • Because in Microsoft Office, there is a "Scale content for A4 or 8.5 x 11" paper sizes" option.


The default Word Options setting is ON and scales A4 to Letter size when printing. To turn off this feature in Word:


File > Options > Advanced > scroll  to the "Print" section and uncheck the "Scale content" option


Scale content for A4 or 8.5 x 11 paper sizes


The default Excel Options setting is ON and scales A4 to Letter size when printing. To turn off this feature in Excel:


File > Options > Advanced > scroll to "General" section and uncheck the "Scale content" option


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