How Do You Re-Size Printables?

With a printables business, I’m bound to receive lots of printable-related questions, but the number one question is, “how do I change the size of my printables”, or “can I put your 8.5×11 pdf in my 5.5×8.5″ planner?”  And the answer is YES!  It’s super easy, and while all printers are a little different, hopefully my instructions will work for your printer too!

First off, you need a pdf printable to try this out – go to my free printable page to snag one to try out, open it up and come back to this post.

Go to ‘file’ and ‘print’ – just like you’d normally print a document.

Then instead of printing right away, go the the properties button.

Then find the page layout section and reduce or enlarge your document to the desired size – I chose 5.5×8.5″ because that seems to be what most people want to change their printables to.  Then click ‘ok’ and print away.

Want to see what happens?

 Same pdf printable, just a different size – pretty neat, huh?

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  1. I would change the print orientation too so that you can feed the paper the opposite way a second time, and get two on one page!

  2. you just blew my mind!

  3. That’s awesome, Becky! Thanks for sharing that tutorial. I can’t believe that I haven’t noticed that you print function before! 🙂

  4. Yay!! I finally know how to do that!!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!!

  5. Do you have instructions for doing this on a Mac?

  6. Nice job, Becky!!!

  7. What version of Adobe are you using or is it specific to your printer. I followed your instructions but my page layout looks nothing like yours and give no options to change size. Bummer I could really use smaller pages right now 🙁

  8. Hmm…mine does not give me the 5.5 x 8.5 option. My options are Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, A5, B5, 4×6 photo. Are any of those the 5.5 x 8.5 option?

  9. Thanks!! Pinned this for later 🙂

  10. Mine doesn’t give the same options either. My print page has the options at the top of “Print” and “Cancel”, no “Properties” option. Underneath that is “Desination:” with my printer (Lexmark). Oh well. I’ll try printing, then make a copy with my printer and adjust the size there.

  11. Mine doesn’t have the half page option either so I use the A5 setting and fit to page. Using the booklet option I can choose left or right. If I use the landscape orientation I can still get 4 images on one sheet. SUre, I have to feed it through 4 times but it saves a tree somewhere and creates less bulk and waste in my planner.

  12. what size would you use for a personal filofax?? my printer options are not like your’s so I can only use the A5 for 5.5 x 8.5… but I also have a personal planner and would love to know which print size option to use for it.. Thank you!

    • I believe it’s the A5 option 🙂

    • Did you ever find a printer to print your personal pages? I have a cannon pixma older model, that will, however I’m in the market for a printer that can auto duplex personal size pages. So far, no luck.

  13. When I resize an 8-1/2×11 printable, the margins change and the 5.5×8.5 looks weird. I would rather have a 5.5×8.5 file because they look better and the margins are even. I know I’m being picky but the way my planner pages look is important to me.

    • Carolina Vasilica says:

      8.5X11 is a US Letter size, A5 is half of an A4 sheet – which is slightly bigger than the standard US letter size.

      Hope this helps,



  14. So apparently I am not doing this right. Is it possible to buy paper sized for the Staples Junior size arc notebook and just change the paper size? I can’t figure out how, even once I do get it printed the paper will fit in the notebook. Do you just cut it and hope it’s even? If you can’t tell I’m not crafty. lol Thanks

    • I just print and then cut with my paper cutter – but alternatively you can pre-cut the paper yourself OR bring it to your local copy shop like Staples or OfficeMax and have them cut a ream of paper for you. I haven’t found paper that is pre-cut.
      xo, Becky

  15. What would be the page measurements for the A5 Filofax planner if the printer doesn’t give me the A5 option?

  16. I have been searching FOREVER for this!!!! Thank you so much!!!

  17. I use adobe to print the pdf to One Note – I have done this previously with Cleanmama printouts, but for some reason they now appear ‘blurred’/out of focus when I do this. Would you have any idea what I am doing wrong here? Thanks!

  18. Amy Smith says:

    I have a question, regarding the files available for purchase…what is the difference between the “standard and half sized sheets” are the half sized designed to be able to print nicely 2 two a page for a 5.5x 8 planner, or are you just saying that they can be reduced? I am looking for something that is already sized for me to print out, front and back, without a lot of headache…I have tried reducing other pages on my own and ended up with either a lot of paper in my planner, OR one page inevitably ends up printing upside down…AND i feel like I am playing russian roulette with the printer (will it print and look the way I want or will it flip it around, or will it print on something I have already printed?) I am starting to wonder if I will just be stuck with boring “Dayplanner” pages that don’t offer many other organizing options:o( Please let me know! I have been going back and forth for a month trying to decide it is worth it. Are there instructions on how to print half size with the purchase?

    Thank you!!

  19. Ryan Jacobson says:

    Everyone’s printers are different, but with mine, I create the printable to a letter size and copy 2 to a page. For some reason when I choose print 2 copies to a page, it always only prints one. So I lose a little print quality… Otherwise, printing the A5 to a letter size paper wastes a lot of paper and I am forced to make all sorts of cuts. Still looking for the perfect solution. For now… printing the letter size and choosing the copy 2 to a page on my Canon printer/copier is the easiest and most efficient. I also use the Levenger hole punch which only does a few pages at a time, but it was cheap.

    • I do the same thing. I use portrait, 2 per page. It prints out one. Then I put the paper right back in. Do not turn over. My HP Officejet 4635 automatically flips it before printing it out. If I could walk and chew gum at the same time, I would figure out how to print both on the front side and narrow lines on the full back side for extra space to write. By printing two to a page like I just did, it reduces the size of the paper by 1/4 inches or 4cm down the long side, and same across the bottom. One per page wastes too much paper for me even if I use it to write notes, passwords and codes on while at the pc. is a good source for the college lines paper or wide, adult coloring, calendar pages, etc. All free. Maddy

  20. Lily Tran says:

    How do you print double-sided for your 5.5×8.5″ planner? I love these tutorials, by the way!

  21. Hi, Is there a way to take a half size (A5 is it?) printable planner sheet and print it UPSIZED to a full letter size (8 1/2 x 11) planner book sheet? I haven’t been able to find a free half sized planner sheet to experiment with as they all seem to print two to a page, to save paper of course, but that doesn’t let me experiment with a single planner page. I didn’t see this question already asked or answered–sorry if I missed it! I’m going to feel really dumb if there’s some simple way to do this–but I can’t think of it–so….. LOL Thanks!

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