Workaround for printing slides without white edges

In PowerPoint, slide backgrounds span to all edges of your screen. But when you print your presentation, you'll get a white margin around the edges, shown below. This limitation stems from the design of most printers that don't print content in the margins.

Margins may not print due to printer limitations

PowerPoint can’t change this printer-margin limitation, but here's a workaround you can try.

  1. Click Design > Slide Size > Custom Slide Size.

  2. Under Orientation, click either Portrait or Landscape, depending on the orientation of the slide you want to print.

  3. Click View > Notes Master.

  4. In the Placeholders group, uncheck the boxes for the text placeholders (such as Page Number, Header, Footer, and Date) that you don’t want to print.

  5. Drag the slide image so it’s slightly smaller than the full page. Check what the trailing margin on your printer is, and make the margins on both sides of your notes master at least that large.

  6. Click File > Print > Print to print a trial page. If it’s off center, click View > Notes Master and try to center the slide image and print again. You might have to repeat this step several times to get the look you want.

More about printing limitations in margins

Most inkjet printers create irregular, nonprintable margins, with the margin at the end that prints last, generally wider than the margins on the other three sides.

When PowerPoint prints slides, it sends the slide image to the printer at whatever size the printer and printer driver specify as the largest printable size. But PowerPoint can’t control where on the page the printer places the slide image. Some printer drivers include a "fake" page size that allows even margins but a smaller image that they may automatically center on the printed page. If your printer has this feature, it should allow you to get centered printouts.

Here are a few related articles that you might find helpful:

Applies To: PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2016

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