Why Not Follow the Standard Paper Size

@ARIES1973 (9539)
Legaspi, Philippines
December 7, 2012 10:52pm CST
It's been years that I've been using Microsoft Office in my day to day work, especially that of MS Word and MS Excel. I don't know if I was just not able to find the right thing all through these years considering that I am not very much knowledgeable in computer. This is with regards to the size of the paper I am using and to that of the available size of paper as can be seen in the page set up dialogue box. I don't have a problem with Word because I could type the desired size of the paper on the space provided for the purpose. But it's a different thing with Excel. It seems as if they had fixed the size of the legal size to 14 inches. There are times that I am making tables and graphs and I just can't find a way to make everything fit exactly on the paper on one attempt. I still have to make calculations as to the right margins. I also tried to shrink to fit the content. It's okay with me but sometimes it is a hard thing if every now and then an office mate would call me because of the same problem. For the information of those who are not aware, in our country, the size of the legal bond paper is 8.5 x 13 inches and the one on the program is 14 inches. There are also times that I tried to find 8.5 x 14 bond paper but it seems that this size is not available in our area. I just don't know why the manufacturer does not follow the standard size which is 8.5 x 14. Well, this is just one of the stress factors I have to deal with, he he. Have a nice day everyone!
5 responses
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
8 Dec 12
I am also having this problem when I need to print some cards (invitation, calling cards and others) You can find linen papers by that size 8.5x 14 :)
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@ARIES1973 (9539)
• Legaspi, Philippines
8 Dec 12
Hi jaiho! Thank you for that information. I think I encountered this problem because of the changing programs every now and then. It is necessary that we also keep on updating ourselves. I will sometime visit the school supply in the city so that I will be able to find new things there. Sometimes, staying in the mountains for long is not good. Need to take a walk for sometime. Have a nice day!
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@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
8 Dec 12
Actually 8.5x 11 is much available compared with the other two sizes 8.5x13 and 8.5x14. I am not sure what exactly is the standard size...
@yanzalong (10171)
• Indonesia
9 Dec 12
As far as I know, the PC has compatible sizes of paper. If the paper is 8.5 x 14, you can just adjust it to the paper size, can't you?
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@ARIES1973 (9539)
• Legaspi, Philippines
9 Dec 12
Hi yanzalong! Actually, I was really having a problem on the size of our paper because our size is 8.5 x 13 and the standard size on the excel program is 8.5 x 14 which is somewhat longer by an inch to that of our paper's size. But I was able to discover what to do already. Thank you very much for sharing!
@pahak627 (4244)
• Philippines
8 Dec 12
I am not so knowledgeable with respect to MS Excel. As the MS Word, we are also using the that size 8.5 x 13.
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@ARIES1973 (9539)
• Legaspi, Philippines
8 Dec 12
Hi pahak! Yeah, same here. I often use MS word and I know that I could enter any size on the page set up dialogue box. But I cannot find this option with MS Excel. But now I was already able to figure it out. I opened the page set up button on top of the screen and it was there on the last item when I scrolled it down. Thank you for sharing!
• United States
8 Dec 12
I've never heard of legal sized paper being anything BUT 8.5 x 14. Excel defaults to that size because trying to print out a spreadsheet on anything smaller shrinks the type to a size you can barely read. Can you set up your paper size defaults in your printer set up prior to opening Excel, or at least set Excel to recognize the size of paper that you have prior to creating a document? I don't have a copy of Excel in front of me now, but I seem to recall that it is possible.
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@ARIES1973 (9539)
• Legaspi, Philippines
8 Dec 12
Hi scorpiobabes! Actually, I encountered the problem with size on excel because of the table I was doing. I am not using excel often so there are some features which I was not familiar with. As of now I was able to figure out my problem. There was a size on the choices but it was located on the last part and found it when I scrolled down the choices on the page set up on top of the screen. Thank you very much for sharing! Have a nice day!
@rog0322 (2834)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
8 Dec 12
Hi, The paper sizes you mentioned are readily available in some paper supplies. They sell them by reams. Why they don't follow certain standards is beyond me. In my office, I can see all kinds of paper size coming in and I have to keep a measuring tape handy to make certain the proper dimensions before setting the printer or the document may be cut short or the paper may be too long. The worst thing is a broken document, the printer believing that the proper paper size is loaded when it is an inch too short.
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@ARIES1973 (9539)
• Legaspi, Philippines
8 Dec 12
Hi rog! Thank you for sharing your idea regarding this topic. I am not using much that Excel program because most of the time we only use Word in our office for communication and other reports that needed to be submitted. But as of now, I think I was able to address the problem already. Anyway, it's good to know that there are really different kinds of paper available in the market. It is a good information for me too because I am really planning to put up a business that would be dealing with internet and printing services. Maybe I have to explore more the market. Thank you very much for sharing. Merry Christmas!