How to Set Up a Document in QuarkXPress 5 - dummies

How to Set Up a Document in QuarkXPress 5

By Barbara Assadi, Galen Gruman

Part of QuarkXPress 5 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When you’re ready to print a QuarkXPress 5 document, first make sure that the Document Setup dialog box is set up the way you want. The Document Setup dialog box is where you set the size of your printed page. To display the Document Setup dialog box, choose File→Document Setup (or press Option+Shift+Command+P [for Mac] or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+P [for Windows]).

Some of the options that you can set in the Setup pane include the following:

  • Paper Size, Paper Width, and Paper Height: For the Paper Size option, choose the size of the paper that will be used in the printer. The size of the paper that you use doesn’t always correspond to the trim size of your final document. If you select a printer that can print on nonstandard pages (such as an imagesetter), the Paper Width and Paper Height options become active so that you can specify the size of the paper.

  • Reduce or Enlarge: You can scale a page before you print it by entering a value between 25% and 400%. Printing at reduced scale is useful if your document’s page size is large and you can get by with a reduced version of the document for proofing purposes.

  • Page Positioning: This pop-up menu lets you align the page within the paper on which it is printed. Your choices are Left Edge (the default), Center (centers both horizontally and vertically), Center Horizontal, and Center Vertical.

  • Fit in Print Area: This option calculates the percentage of reduction or enlargement necessary to ensure that the document page fits fully within the paper size. Generally, this option is used to reduce the size of a document page. Almost every printer has a gap along at least one edge where the printer grasps the paper (usually with rollers) to move it through the printing assembly. The printer can’t print in this gap, so a document that is as large as the paper size usually gets cut off along one or more edges of the paper. Checking this option reduces the size of your page, ensuring that nothing is cut off.

  • Orientation: Click the icon that looks like a portrait to get portrait, or vertical, orientation of the document (taller than wide). The horizontal icon produces pages with a landscape, or horizontal, orientation (wider than tall).