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We have a brother M4318 dot matrix printer which we successfully use tractor fed forms of 30.5cm 3 part paper to print delivery notes. However if we try to print a replacement delivery note using MS Word as the default template the paper will only feed to 28cms, not to the top of the next form. Any ideas on how we can fix this as we have tried adding footers, altering page length, different feeds ie tractor fed, auto select etc, and we print out temporary tickets normally in batches of 200 at a time

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SOURCE: Problems with Printing Special Size Forms

First I would print the menu settings by going into menu mode (Shift+Sel keys) then pressing the print key. Then I would reset the printer to defaults by turning it off and turning it back on while holding the Sel+LF keys. Then go back into menu mode and make sure to match the emulation mode, character set, language set, code page, page length, and all the Parallel I/F settings. Then try your print job again. If you problem still exists then it is most likely that your application of driver on the comptuter is sending the extra lind feeds and that the problem is not with the printer.

Posted on Jul 04, 2008

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SOURCE: Printer setup

Continuous forms paper fed through the front of the printer also uses either the Front Push, Rear Pull, or Push-Pull tractor configurations. Make sure this is set correctly or it will reverse your margins.

It could also be your software. When you print through windows it's using the Microsoft system font controller, but your software could be setting font, margins, and alignment by the settings in the printer not in the driver. So if the first doesn't work, set your system back to align left then go into the printer configuration menu on the device and adjust the margins there.


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It would seem you posted twice.

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