Sep 21


You may remember back in the day of Macintosh SE, System 6,  Apple ImageWriter,  Claris Works  and so on that you could print across several pages easily and make a banner.  That beautiful feature is completely missing from OS X, even though we are now up to OS X version 10!

There is a way to print across multiple pages though.  Save  your document as a PDF file, open it in Acrobat Reader (it’s free), and from there you can print it across multiple pages.

  1. Firstly, you need to download and install  Acrobat Reader.  You can download it from here.
  2.  Next you need to save  the document that you want to print as a PDF file.  To do this open the document in any Application (Pages, Preview etc)  go to the normal print dialogue,  then from the bottom left ‘PDF’ dropdown menu select ‘save as PDF’.
  3. Now click on the pdf file that was just saved and select ‘Open with Acrobat Reader’open with acrobat
  4. In Acrobat reader when you ‘Print’ the document  you will now see a  will window that gives you lots of options. Select ‘Multiple Pages’ and it will print over multiple pages!

    Print across multiple pages (Click image to enlarge)


There are lots of other programs that can do this: TilerSplitPrint, TilePhotos, but they all cost money. Acrobat Reader is free.


5 Responses to “How to print across multiple pages or make a banner in OSX”

  1. ruth says:

    Very helpful. I need this information to make my visual aids in teaching. Thank you.

  2. James says:

    This really helped for one of my projects, though its good to note for some that it doesn’t print to the very edge of the paper ( for my printer atleast)

  3. Mat says:

    All good advice but Adobe Reader doesn’t work with PNG files :(

  4. Jack Waddington says:

    I was happy to learn of this technique, thank you. In the old PageMaker 7 it was possible to relocate the zero point of the ruler, both vertically and horizontally, in order to get the pages to start at that location. Am I asking too much of Acrobat?

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