Why Does My Printer Cut Off the Last Line?

You can take up pages as they emerge from printers today and use them without giving them a second thought because they operate so dependably. The bottom half of the last line can sometimes fail to print on some pages, wasting time and energy even on trustworthy hardware. You can resolve this by concentrating troubleshooting on issues with document and equipment setup.  


The printed area of every printer is described in its specifications. Some machines have the ability to print or copy right up to the paper’s edge. Others, especially inkjet printers, must leave portions of each sheet blank so that their paper-feeding mechanisms may access them. The portions of the text or graphics that are outside the printer’s imaging parameters will appear partially cut off or won’t print at all if the document content exceeds the printer’s imaging parameters. To ensure that all of the content appears in its entirety, adjust the document margins and where the footer information appears.  


When you enlarge document content at printing time by using the printer driver’s scaling capabilities to increase print size beyond 100 percent, you may create a situation in which an otherwise printable page extends beyond the printable limits of the printer. Unlike situations in which document setup places page content outside hardware limits, scaled content can be difficult to troubleshoot unless the software or printer driver shows you a reliable print preview or provides a fit-to-page option that establishes scaling percentages based on the area occupied by page content.   

Printer Driver

A faulty or incompatible printer driver might result in output issues including misprinted pages or text that is cut off. If your problems started after you installed a new driver, check the printer manufacturer’s website for driver listings to make sure the driver you installed is compatible with your hardware and operating system. A driver can transform a well-behaved output device into a first-class problem child, whether it turns out to be too old, too new, or designed for a different hardware model than the one you use.  

Printer Settings

The output quality of a printer might be unexpectedly impacted by certain settings. A newer driver version may be able to fix some of these issues. If not, until a better software alternative is available, utilise workarounds to acquire well-formed output from the printer. For instance, a problem with the last line of every page breaking off on some HP printers from 2008 to 2009 was fixed by unchecking the “Enable Bidirectional Support” option in the Ports part of the printer properties.



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