How to Change the Letter Size in a Printer

by C.D. Crowder
C.D. Crowder

The default letter size in a printer is 8.5 inches by 11 inches. This is the typical paper size. However, this doesn't work for all printer projects. Changing the letter size through your printer settings will allow you to print photos, envelopes, cards, banners or business cards. No matter what project you want to print, you can find a letter size to suit your needs. Most printers even allow you to create custom sizes and configurations in addition to its letter size list.

Step 1

Click on "Start" and then "Control Panel". Select "Printers and Faxes". If you're already using an application, you can access the printer settings by going to "File" then "Print."

Step 2

Right click your printer and choose "Printing Preferences". If you're accessing this through an application, click the "Properties" button.

Step 3

Choose "Letter Size" from the Paper Size drop down menu and change the "Height" and "Width" sizes to create a custom size.

Step 4

Choose a different paper size from the Paper Size drop down menu to create different project letter sizes. You can customize the size for each paper size type.

Click "Apply" when finished. Click "OK" to close the printer properties and continue printing your document or project.


  • You can only create custom sizes that fit your paper size. If your printer doesn't accept paper of a certain size, you cannot print that letter size.


  • Change the settings through the application you're trying to print from if you only need the size for a single project. Change the settings through the Printer and Faxes method if you need to print a certain letter size by default.


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About the Author

C.D. Crowder has been a freelance writer on a variety of topics including but not limited to technology, education, music, relationships and pets since 2008. Crowder holds an A.A.S degree in networking and one in software development and continues to develop programs and websites in addition to writing.

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