Printing Poster Size with Adobe Reader

October 6, 2012

Printing Poster Size with Adobe Reader

October 6, 2012
Happy Saturday everyone! I wanted to share a little trick I learned recently when looking through the print options on Adobe Reader–printing poster-size!!
This isn’t something I really use often, thanks to our document camera (I’ve only printed poster size for Stephanie’s FabulousBeyondWords Calendar Math) BUT it is great for something you want to laminate and write on many times.
So, in case this is new information to you as well, here are the steps.
1. Open the pdf you would like to enlarge.
2. Click on File and Print.
3. Under the option for Page Scaling, choose Tile All Pages:
4. Change the size of the document by increasing the Tile Scale (I used 175% as shown below):
5. Check off the Cut Marks box (shown just above) so you will have guides to use for cutting. They will show up like little crosshairs (as you can see just under that swirly border):
The only downfall is, with the resizing, you may end up with some extra white space at the top of your document…
But that large visual is such a great tool, I don’t mind in the case of a couple of documents. 
Once I have it all printed, I cut the pages with a paper trimmer, glue on a posterboard, and laminate!
Do you ever print poster-size? Do you have any tips or tricks to share with us? Thanks for reading 🙂


  • Diane R October 6, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    I noticed it but never tried it. Would have been a good idea for a few things in my room. Thanks for experimenting and sharing!

    Fifth in the Middle

  • Gina Coniglio October 6, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Cool! I've seen that but never tried.Thanks for the tutorial!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  • Lauren October 6, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I've thought about that many times, but never long enough to figure out how to do it. Thanks for the tip!

  • Courtney October 6, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Wow! That's a great tip! Thanks for sharing Kristen! I had no idea that this could be done. Have a great weekend!

    Swimming into Second

  • Dani October 6, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I've been wondering how to do this exact thing! Thank you so much!

    A Place to Thrive

  • Cindy E. October 7, 2012 at 12:32 am

    I had no idea that you could do that!! Thanks for sharing! I have quite a few items that I would love to have poster-sized.

  • Elizabeth October 7, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Fantastic tip!! I can always count on you for techy tips!!

  • Ginger Snaps October 7, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Good to know!!

  • Miss Nelson October 7, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Sandy October 7, 2012 at 1:33 am

    I figured this out this summer and thought it was genius… It makes posters so much easier to make! 🙂

  • Emily October 7, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Love that feature! =)

    Emily @ Second Grade Silliness 

  • Erica Bohrer October 7, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I am pinning this.

  • Mrs. Taggart October 7, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Did you remake the items for that calendar math? I'd be interested in seeing photos of your calendar math board/area.

    Thanks! 🙂

    • Kristen October 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      I just finished setting up a calendar (finally) for the area and hope to take pictures soon 🙂

  • Julie @ The Teaching Bug October 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Wow! Thank you! I never knew how to make it poster size!

  • Jessi Fuller October 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    What does the final product look like???

  • emely1776 October 11, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Which version of Adobe Reader are you using because I am not seeing that option on mine.

  • Smiles :) October 15, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Cool…now I want to poster-size everything! Just kidding! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this idea!

  • cohen moles March 6, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Hi guys! just want to share this tip in Large printing:If you want to print a poster with a solid- color or gradient background, please carefully consider the drawbacks- it will take longer to print, and it may make the poster more susceptible to damage when handled.
    ZTE review

  • Latoya Smith May 24, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I’ve had my share of less than appealing print jobs, so it’ll come as no surprise that I was being more than a little picky when I had to select somewhere to print some posters for my boutique after relocating to Fort Lauderdale FL. A friend suggested I try a local printer, PCA Delta. The posters were great. Now I use them whenever I have stuff to print. If you need printing done, I highly recommend you give them a try. Check them out at

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