Printing from your home desktop printer can save both time and money. However, it’s essential that you are conversant with your advanced printer’s capabilities, especially if you are looking to print non-standard-sized documents like a half-letter size. Printing a half-letter size isn’t a standard printing format. There’s a bit of a learning curve, especially for first-timers. On the other end of the spectrum, you can read our guide on printing legal-size paper documents.
The half-letter size is a popular print format, especially for planner lovers. Layouts printed in this size are neither small nor big and are pretty easy to carry around. Half-letter-size documents or 8.5 X 5.5-inch paper can be printed twice per page or directly on a standard US letter. Before printing, you will need to match the page size to the printer paper size using the printer’s available options. If you happen to notice you are out of color ink but need to print a text document, check out our page on black-and-white printing without color ink for a quick guide.
Printing half-letter-size documents from your desk printer at home is relatively easy. If you want to simplify your printing process, use a USB cable to connect to your printer. However, there are a few things you need to note before you proceed.
Printing a half-letter-size document is easy. Before you begin the task, check that your printer has half-letter size printing capabilities. You can check the owner’s manual booklet or check the product description on the manufacturer’s website.
Please note that the print settings will vary from one application and operating system to the next. Therefore, you need to first experiment with the correct paper from the print menu. It will ensure that you can get professional-looking photo prints out of your home printer when you finally print. However, if you have had issues since updating Windows, check out our article on Windows 10 color print settings to see if this will fix the error.
Finally, place the half-letter-size paper into your printer’s feeder tray. You must adjust the tray so that the paper sits snugly. In case your initial try isn’t successful, try other paper sizes and formatting like A5. Moreover, if you’d like to learn more about the different paper sizes, read our guide on what is printer paper size.
And if something goes wrong with loading the paper, we have a great guide on how to fix a jammed printer.
What is a half-letter size used for?
The half-letter size is a popular print format, especially for planner lovers. Layouts printed in this size are neither small nor big and are pretty easy to carry around.
What size is a half-letter paper?
Half letter size documents are 8.5 X 5.5-inch and can be printed two per page or directly on a standard US letter size
Can I print a half-letter size on my home desk printer?
Yes. However, you need to ensure that your printer has a borderless printing option.
Is A5 letter half-letter size?
Not really. A5 is 8.27 X 5.83-inches. It’s pretty similar to the U.S half-letter size. A half-letter size is a dimension you get by cutting a letter-size piece in half 8.5 X 5.5-inches.
Does my printer need to have a borderless option to print half-letter size?
Yes. If your printer doesn’t have this option, it may have difficulties aligning the pages forcing it to print off-center.
STAT: The U.S is the global leader in paper usage, using more than 30% of the total paper usage in the world. On average, a single individual in the U.S uses more than 700 pounds of paper in a single year (source)