Printing Pedigrees

To print a pedigree, just click the Print button (at the top of the PedPal window). If your computer has more than one available printer you can switch between them using a dropdown menu in the right side panel.

The pedigree as shown in the main window is fairly close approximation of how the printed pedigree will look. But for a more exact on-screen display, click the Print Preview button first.

To alter the paper margins and orientation (portrait/landscape) prior to printing use the buttons in the right side panel (, and ).

Exporting As PDF/Image Files

Instead of printing to a physical printer, you can also 'print' to a PDF or image file. To do this, click the PDF or JPEG buttons instead (at the top of the PedPal window), then select a filename to save as.


PedPal sets default paper margins depending on your printer and its setup.

In most cases, this should produce a sensible and consistent margin on all sides of the paper.

But if not, you can change this - click the margins button in the right side panel ().

Understanding Printer Margins

This section contains a more detailed explanation of how PedPal sets paper margins, and how margin settings work with your printer and chosen paper size.

Most printer devices have physical limitations on their printing capabilities. Obviously the supported paper sizes vary. But in addition, most printers are not physically capable of printing on the entire sheet of paper: there are usually parts of the sheet that the printer simply cannot physically print on. You can instruct PedPal to attempt to print onto that maximum part of the paper by selecting the Full page option within the Print Margins window.

Your computer will also have a default margin setting for the chosen printer. This should be a sensible default; its actual size is system specific. You can instruct PedPal to use the default margins by selecting the Use printer default margins option within the Print Margins window. This is the normal setting and an in ideal world will produce a good result without you having to change anything.

But you can opt to override the default margin selection by disabling both the Full page and Use printer default margins options in the Print Margins window, and then entering the actual margins you would like. Measurements can be entered in a variety of units including centimeters (e.g. you could enter 1.2cm) and inches (e.g. 0.25in). Note that setting margins smaller than the physical minimum margins that your printer is capable of generally will not produce acceptable results - you will end up with parts of the printout 'chopped' off. You may find you need to experiment with different sized margins until you get a pleasing result.

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