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Another approach is to "break" the program blocks up and arrange them on the screen in a more reader-friendly configuration before printing.  You can always use a pencil to connect the last block on the right to the first block on the left to show the flow.  It's only for explanation purposes, so it's not a big deal that the program won't "run" that way - it's the content of the blocks that matters.
--Tom

Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 01:49:46 -0700
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Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Help with printing programs
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As Rich Tate sugessted, use NXT's print to HTML file.  This will produce a *.png file and if your program is very long it will be a long skinny image.  If you open this into MS Word or PowerPoint you'll find it will either print to small for your to read or if it is readable it will truncate and not print the end of the program.  Frustrating.  Believe it or not, MS Excel does a very good job of printing the long skinny *.png files without the need to fuss over taking screenshots of each page.  Open the file in Excel using the 'Insert Picture' and select the png file.  Go to print preview and using page setup select "fit to" and set it to 3 or 4 pages wide (use whatever number makes it fit best) by 1 page high.  You can fine-tune how the images are spread across
 the number of pages you select by changing the margins to your liking.

It's a bit non-intuitive to use a tool like Excel to print the images of NXT programs, but it is much faster than having to take individual screen shots of every page.  To my knowledge, Excel is the only MS application that can deal with printing long and skinny images properly.

Pete Zulkarnain

 
 
     On Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:09 PM, Gina Willett <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
    


Can anyone tell me how to print out a program that uses 20+ blocks without it being so tiny that you can't hardly read it?  I have tried everything!
Thanks in advance for your help!
Gina Willett 		 	   		  
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