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Help! I installed a new printer driver, and now I can't use the paper size I prefer!

The problem: You downloaded and installed a new printer driver from this site, and now you cannot select the paper size that you used with your earlier driver.

The explanation: WordPerfect stores paper-size definitions inside the printer driver file. You probably created a custom paper-size definition that you used with your earlier printer driver (or, less probably, the earlier driver included paper-size definitions that are not included in the new one).

The solution: You must create a new paper-size definition to match the old one. You may want to return temporarily to your previous printer driver to see the page-size definitions that it included. To see which paper-size definitions were included with your old printer driver, select that driver, return to the editing screen, then, in WPDOS 5.1, press Shift-F8, 2, 7, and write down all the details of the definitions that you want to recreate; or, in WPDOS 6.x, press Shift-F8, 3, 4, and write down all the details of the definitions that you want to recreate. Reselect your newly-installed printer driver, and follow the steps below to create new paper-size definitions.


Create paper-size definitions in WPDOS 5.1

To create a new paper-size definition in WPDOS 5.1, press Shift-F8, 2, 7, to reach the Format: Paper Size/Type menu. Press 2 - Add (Create). If one of the named paper types matches the definition that you want to create, select it; otherwise, choose 9 - Other, and, at the prompt, name the paper-size definition that you want to create. For example, if you want to print on A5 paper, enter "A5" (no quotation marks) at the "Other paper type:" prompt.

This brings you to the Format: Edit Paper Definition menu. Press 1 - Paper Size, and either select an existing paper size or choose Other and enter the width and height of the page; you can specify centimeters by typing (for example) 14.8c or you can specify inches by typing (for example) 5.83" or 5.83i. At the Edit Paper Definition menu you can change the name of the definition from A5 (or whatever you entered earlier) by choosing 2 - Paper Type. At this menu, choose any other relevant selection, then press F7 until you return to the editing screen.

To make this new definition the default paper size for all documents, use Shift-F1, 4, 5, to reach the Initial Codes menu; then press Shift-F8, 2, 7, select the definition you prefer, and press F7 until you return to the editing screen.


Create paper-size definitions in WPDOS 6.x

To create a new paper-size definition in WPDOS 6.x, press Shift-F8, 3, 4, to reach the Paper Size/Type menu. Press 2 - Create. Enter a name for the paper-size definition that you want to create. For example, if you want to print on A5 paper, enter "A5" (no quotation marks). Then choose 2 - Paper Type, and either select one of the existing definitions or Other. Choose 3 - Paper Size; if the size you want is not listed, choose 2 - Other and enter the size you want; you can specify centimeters by typing (for example) 14.8c or you can specify inches by typing (for example) 5.83" or 5.83i.

Choose any other relevant option, then press F7 until you return to the editing screen.

To make this new definition the default paper size for all documents, use Shift-F8, 4, 2, to reach the Initial Codes Setup menu; then press Shift-F8, 3, 4, select the definition you prefer, choose Select, then chose OK or Close until you return to the editing screen.


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