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How to print a drawing to a defined scale (e.g. 1:2500) in ArcMap, and to a given paper size (say A3)?

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  1. Set your Page/Print settings - File > Page and Print Setup...

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  1. Select your printer and page/paper size

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  1. Switch your ArcMap view to Layout using the buttons on the bottom left of the scroll bar or View > Layout View

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  1. Set your Scale to 1:2500
  2. Adjust your layout if required
  3. Print

To Export to PDF instead of printing use File > Export Map..., change your Save As type to PDF, give it a name/location, and hit Save.

You may need to play around with the PDF options to get the file right (there's Options at bottom left of the Export Map window) - General tab has Resolution and Ouput quality, Format tab has compression settings.

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  • Thanks Midavalo..just to clarify this, how about saving it as a pdf so as to be printed from a different computer with no arc gis software and still to be in the desired scale? – Dominic Kipkemboi Apr 4 '16 at 20:23
  • Instead of Printing at #6, use File > Export Map, change your Save As type to PDF, give it a name/location, and hit Save. You may need to play around with the PDF options to get the file right (there's Options at bottom left of the Export Map window) - General tab has Resolution and Ouput quality, Format tab has compression settings. – Midavalo Apr 4 '16 at 20:27
  • I've edited my answer to include info on exporting to PDF – Midavalo Apr 4 '16 at 20:31
  • A tip is to check "Scale map elements proportionally to changes in page size" when changing the page size - otherwise you can waste lots of time re-sizing and re-positioning your map elements – Stephen Lead Apr 19 '16 at 6:54
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You should first choose appropriate settings in the Page and Print Setup dialog found through the file menu.

Then, make sure you are in layout view and resize the data frame to whatever dimensions you prefer. You can right click on the data frame, mouse over distribute, and then click Fit to Margins if you choose. Lastly, select the data frame while in layout view and simply change the scale as you would normally do in data frame view (just type your desired scale in the box in the main toolbar). You may have to pan around a little bit to get the correct extent.

  • Thanks guys can now print my drawings just like I do in CAD.. – Dominic Kipkemboi Apr 4 '16 at 21:00

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