If you've ever wanted to print just a portion of a PDF file from Adobe Reader, this is how you can do it. It also allows you to enlarge the selected area to fill the entire page, if desired. This is a trick that has come in handy many times for me, and I hope it will for you, too. This is known to work in Adobe Reader 6.0 and higher, although it may work in older versions as well.
Time Required: 1 minute
- Make sure the basic toolbar is visible by right clicking on a blank area of the toolbar, and placing a check mark next to Basic if it is not already enabled.
- Find the "Snapshot Tool" on the Basic toolbar and select it.
- Drag a box around the area you want to print. A message will alert you that the selection has been copied to the clipboard. Click OK and you will see a dashed line around the area you just selected.
- Click Print.
- In the print dialog, set the print rage to "Selected graphic."
- If you want to print the selection at its intended size, set Page Scaling to "None."
- If you want the selection to fill the paper, set the page scaling to "Fit to paper." You may need to check the "Auto-Rotate and Center" check box to maximize paper usage.
- When you are satisfied with the preview, click OK to print the document.