Have you ever found yourself in need to print a very large image, but your printer can only use common A4, US Letter or A3 paper sizes? If you want to print a large poster or a large map and you can’t go to a specialized shop where they can print it for you at the required dimensions, you can use your home printer to print that image on multiple pages. Then, all you have to do is use S cotch tape to assemble the whole picture or stitch the paper sheets together using some other method. Did you know that you can use a plain tool like Microsoft Paint to print large images on multiple pages? Here’s how it works:
NOTE: The steps shown in this tutorial work the same in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. For simplicity, we used screenshots taken in Windows 10.
Step 1. Open Microsoft Paint
First of all, open Paint. There are many ways to do it and you’ll find them in this guide: How To Work With Paint In Windows. If you’re in a hurry and you don’t have time to read the guide, use the search feature and type the word “paint".
The Paint window will be opened on your Desktop.
Step 2. Open the image that you want to print
Load the file with the image that you want printed. To do that, click or tap the File tab on the ribbon. Then, click o r tap Open.
Browse your Windows computer or device and select the image that you want to print. When selected, click or tap Open.
Now you should see your picture loaded in Paint.
Step 3. Set Paint to print your large image on multiple pages
Now you’ve got your image opened in Paint. It’s time to tell Paint that you want the image to be printed on multiple pages. In order to do that, click or tap on the File tab on the ribbon and then Print. In the Print menu, click or tap Page Setup.
The Page Setup dialog window is opened.
This is the place where the magic happens. Along other printing options like the paper Size , Orientation or Margins , you will also find a section called Scaling.
To print your large image on multiple pages, all you’ll have to do is tell Paint that you want to scale your image to Fit to as many pages you want. For instance, if you’d like your image to be printed on four pages in a rectangle, you should use the “ Fit to” field to enter the values 2 by 2 pages. Depending on how large you want your image to be when printed and how long or wide it is, you can enter the values that you need.
Once you’ve decided exactly on how many pages you want the image to be printed, click or tap OK to save your settings.
Your settings are saved.
Step 4. Print your image on multiple pages, with Paint
Paint knows that you want it to print the image on multiple pages. All that remains is to start the printing process. Click/tap the File tab on the ribbon and then Print. You can also press CTRL + P on your keyboard.
If you have more than one printer installed, select the printer that you want to use. Then, click or tap the Print button.
Your printer will immediately start printing the image on multiple pages.
Here’s what we printed on multiple pages
To showcase the steps involved, we used this image and printed it on 15 pages :
Here’s the end result we obtained:
As you can see, printing large images on multiple pages is a simple thing to do in Windows, using the most basic of tools: Microsoft Paint. You don’t have to do fancy stuff like learning how to work with Adobe Photoshop or other complex image editing apps. Before you close this guide, share with us whether this tutorial worked well for you and whether you know other simple ways to print large images on multiple pages, in Windows. Don’t be shy and leave a comment below.