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Plotter (Poster Printer) Guide: PowerPoint

A step-by-step guide to wide-format printing at the Main and Mudd Library.


This page focuses on printing with Microsoft PowerPoint.


Step 1 : Getting Started!

  1. Check or change the actual size of your document by clicking the "Design" tab and "Page Setup."
  2. Select "File > Print"
  3. Under "Full Page Slides" choose "Scale to Fit Paper"
  4. For Printer, choose "PLOTTER-IC" or "PLOTTER-MUDD"
  5. Click "Printer Properties"


Step 2 : Paper Size!

In this step, you are telling the printer the dimensions of the paper it will print on. What size does your poster need to be?

1. Once you press "Properties" the settings page comes up where you can set your paper size and choose other options. To set the paper size, click the grayscale umbrella icon that says "Page as in Application" to choose a different size or set a custom size.

a. A list pops up with some common paper sizes. Select the one that you want. If your desired poster dimensions are not on this list, click "Create a Custom Page Size."

b. In "Custom Page Size" enter the width and length of your poster (in inches). Name your poster and click "Save."

Note: At least one edge of your poster must be 42" or shorter to reflect the available paper sizes (24", 36", and 42"). It can be either the length or width of your poster. The other edge can be set to any length over 10.25 inches.

*If "Save" is grayed out and one of your sides is less than 42", try swapping the width and length numbers. This will not affect the orientation of your poster.

2. Click "OK"


Step 3 : Print Preview

Step 3 : Final Preview!

  1. Verify that the small preview screen & dimensions look right.
  2. If it looks OK, click "Print" Wait! There's one more step before release your print job!

  1. A window will pop up with a final verification. Check the width and length measurements of the poster. If it looks correct, click "OK" and move to the next step. If it looks wrong, click "Cancel" and go back to check that the print settings in step 1 and the page page size in step 2 are correct.
  2. Release your print job from the print release station located next to the Plotter.


Want to print a poster? Come try our Plotter! This plotter is located in the Information Commons, just down the steps from the main entrance. - see map (below)


We also have a Plotter in the Mudd Library (2nd floor, Mudd Hall) on the north end of Northwestern's Evanston campus.

Size & Cost

Paper: 28lb bond paper only
Minimum 3mm margins
24", 36", and 42" paper available.

At least one edge of print must be less than or equal to maximum available roll size.
Other edge can be any size, min. 10" max. 150"

Please see staff for information, including assistance with setting up your file to print on the Plotter!

Plotter printing costs $2.50 per square foot.
Payment is made through NUPrint. We cannot accept a chartstring for printing.

Calculate Printing Cost

Length (in) ="
Width (in) ="
Cost: $

Need Help?

Please see the Information Commons desk for questions or assistance with the Plotter in the Main library.

See a Mudd Library staff person for assistance with the Plotter in the Mudd Library (Mudd Hall)

Email with any questions!