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Make sure your default settings are for AUTO paper selection and 100% magnification to start. That is the most common default settings. Then, under "Zoom" change to AUTO magnification and under PAPER SELECTION specify Letter (either landscape or portrait). Now when you copy a legal original (8.5" x 14") it will be reduced at 78% to fit it on an 11" sheet. An alternative is to use "X-Y" zoom. Now you can stipulate 78% for the "X" dimension and leave the "Y" dimension at 100%. You will want letter size paper to be feeding lengthwise (portrait). Now you can copy legals and the image is reduced top-to-bottom only, leaving it much more readable.
Check your owners manual to see what the acceptable paper sizes are. Legal paper is 8.5"x14". If legal paper is listed in the acceptable paper sizes there should be a tray to handfeed this size paper. Look for the term "single sheet manual bypass" in the owners manual. I beleive this tray or slot is on the left hand side of the printer.
Use the settings to select LGL as the paper size. (But note that you have to have legal size paper in the machine)
1. Press the Function key (left side, lower right button)
2. Press the Start/Copy key (right side, lower center button). The display will show USER SETTINGS.
3. Press the Left or Right arrows (right side, upper row) until you see PRINTER SETTINGS in the LCD.
4. Press the Start/Copy key
5. Press the Left or Right arrows until you see PAPER SIZE in the LCD.
6. Press the Start/Copy key
7. Press the Left or Right arrows until you see LGL
8. Press the Start/Copy key
9. Press the Stop key (right side, lower right button).
Not sure you can with legal paper (8.5x14). But certainly with tabloid (11x17) or letter (8.5x11) you should.
If you are trying to do it via printing, check on the machine itself. If you try to select the legal paper tray, I would think it will tell you if you can or can't, but I am not 100% sure since it's been a while since I have worked on an iR8500.
Below would be the suggested solution regarding paper feeding problems;
If Paper does not feed into the machine. • Remove any obstructions inside the machine. • Paper has not been loaded correctly. Remove paper from the tray and reload it correctly. • There is too much paper in the paper tray. Remove excess paper from the tray. • The paper is too thick. Use only paper that meets the specifications required by the machine.
Below is the suggested paper specifications; Supported Sizes of Paper Paper Dimensions* Weight Capacity** Letter 8.5 X 11 in. (216 X 279mm) • 60 to 105 g/m2 bond (16 to 28 lb) for the paper tray • 60 to 120 g/m2 bond (16 to 32 lb) for the Bypass tray • 250 sheets of 75 g/ m2 bond (20 lb) paper for the paper tray • 1 sheet of paper for the Bypass tray A4 210 X 297 mm (8.3 X 11.7 in.) Executive 7.25 X 10.5 in. (191 X 267 mm) Legal 8.5 X 14 in. (216 X 356 mm) Folio 216 X 330 mm (8.5 X 13 in.)
I have a Brother MFC-8840Dn (full legal-size flatbed as well as document feeder). I use Windows XP Pro and a USB connection. I'm not sure my fix works with other Brother models or different Windows operating systems, but it's a way to start troubleshooting at least.
I've always been able to print legal-sized pages from word processing or spreadsheet programs and receive legal-sized faxes. But I never could make legal-sized photocopies or PDF scans. The image was always cut off at Letter size. The fix is a Brother Utility set-up setting:
*** Go to Start / All Programs / Brother / MFL-Pro Suite MFC 8840Dn / Scanner Utility. (This link may also be called something like Scanner Settings.)
*** At the "Maximum Scanning Size", select "Legal" instead of "Letter/A4".
*** Click OK and restart your PC for the new setting to take effect.
It's like magic -- I can now scan a full legal-sized PDF, whether on the flatbed or through the ADF. I also tried a compressed TIFF scan and it came out fine.
**** Make sure your software and/or Brother Control Center scanning configurations are set to Legal if that's what you want for the particular image scan. The Brother Utility setting simply enables the option of choosing the larger legal-sized paper, which then allows the full legal-sized image scan, Youalways have to set your software to make that choice, just as you would to make and print smaller images on Letter, A4, envelopes, etc. (NOTE: I always start scans through software on my PC, like Adobe Acrobat or PaperPort, and the Utility Setting fix is working fine. However, I just tried pressing the SCAN button on the front panel of the MFC itself with a legal-sized document on the flatbed and through the document feeder. I still got Letter-sized image scans. So, there must be another setting somewhere for starting scans directly from the MFC that I'll locate later.)
I was about to buy a different brand of scanner because of the frustration with legal-sized images. It's like having a new scanner now :) I hope this Utility Setting info helps you troubleshoot your legal-sized image problem.