1. Specify map properties.
a. Map size and orientation. Select the size and orientation of your map.
b. Map extent. Use the "Preserve scale" option to keep the scale of the printed map the same as that of the online map.
The area covered by the printed map will not match the area covered by the online map. Both printed and online maps,
however, will always be centered on the same location. Since the scale of the map remains the same, the visibility
of scale-dependent layers in the printed map does not change. If the "Preserve extent" option is used, the online map
is fit into the extent of the printed map. The area covered by the map remains the same, but the scale of the map
changes. Layers with scale dependency that are visible in the online map may not be visible in the printed map because of the change of scale.
c. Map elements. Select the "Map image only" option to maximize the map area in the print layout. The layout will
contain map, disclaimer, and map scale.
Select the "Add map elements" option if you wish to add additional elements to the map.
These elements are optional and include "Title," "Overview map," and "Legend." You can control which layers will appear in the legend
by selecting them in the list.
2. Generate map layout.
Click the "Preview Map" button to view your custom map layout in a new browser window. You may have to wait up to 20-30 seconds, depending on map size you selected.
3. Set page options.
In the new browser window that contains the map layout, go to "File > Page Setup." The following parameters must
a. Paper size. This browser parameter must match the page size you selected when creating your custom layout. The default
page size is "Letter" (8.5" x 11").
b. Page orientation. This browser parameter ("Portrait" or "Landscape") must match the page orientation you chose when creating your custom layout.
Page orientation always defaults to "Portrait."
c. Page margins. This browser parameter must be set to 0.5 inches (or less) for all four sides. This change only needs to be done once because
Internet Explorer retains the last values entered for margin settings.
d. Printer. To print your map on a printer that is not set as your default printer, click the "Printer" button
and select a different printer. Note: when changing your printer, you may need to reset the page size, page orientation, and page margins.
4. Preview your map.
Go to "File > Print Preview" to verify that your map fits the page size you selected. If the page is cut off at the right or at the bottom,
try the following:
a. Double-check your Internet Explorer page options: page size, page orientation, and page margins. Size and orientation should match those
you selected for your map. Margins should be set to 0.5" on each side.
b. If the map still does not fit on one page and is cut off at the bottom, the map legend may be causing the problem. If your
map contains many layers, or if some layers have many symbols, then the area occupied by the legend may spill onto a
second page. To solve this issue, you can reduce the number of layers to be included in the legend, change orientation to portrait, increase the page size,
or eliminate the legend from the map layout altogether.
5. Print the map.
If the print preview shows that the map fits the page correctly, then go to "File > Print" to send the map to the printer.