Printing Your Report

To print, or not to print?

The reports that we produce are large, usually 50 to 100 pages depending on font size, margins, paper size and other options.

For this reason, and because report navigation is made so much easier by using the hundreds of hyperlinks within it, we do not recommend printing your report.  However, it is entirely possible and many of our clients do print their reports.

Your report is simply an HTML or PDF document, just like any web page.  And, just like any web page, it can be saved on a hard drive, flash drive or other backup device, or it can be e-mailed as an attachment for someone else to look at.

Printing PDF-format Reports

A report in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format can be printed once you are viewing it with the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

We HIGHLY recommend printing a test page (or two) first. Our reports are long (50-100 pages), and you can end up wasting a lot of paper and ink unless you test the settings on the first page or two.

If you are having problems with your report in PDF format, then we can resend it in plain HTML (web page) format.

Printing HTML-format Reports

If your report is in HTML (web page) format then there are a few things to be aware of before trying to print it.
  • We STRONGLY advise printing one or two test pages first.  Our reports are long (50-100 pages), and you can end up wasting a lot of paper and ink unless you first test your print settings.
  • Consider printing only the doctor review (if any) and the graph section of the report.  This will save a lot of paper, but still include your diagnosis and overall health profile.
  • Your report does not contain any special graphics or images so, once saved to your computer, there is no need to be connected to the Internet when viewing or printing it.
  • You will most likely be viewing your HTML report in a web browser.  Most browsers are set to NOT print background images and colors, by default.  This is done to save printer ink – especially color ink.  It is possible to change this setting so that the colored graphs and backgrounds are printed.

    To do this in Internet Explorer, for example, go into the "Tools" menu at the top of the browser screen, then select "Internet Options", and then the "Advanced" tab.  Scroll down to "Printing" and place a tick next to "Print background colors and images".
  • You might wish to reduce the text size of your web browser before printing, as this will reduce the number of pages used.  If you are using Internet Explorer or the FireFox browser, simply select the "View" option at the top, then "Text Size >".
  • Your printer options may allow you to print two reduced-size pages per sheet of paper, thus cutting the amount of paper and ink required in half.
  • If you experience a problem where the right-hand edge of each page is "cut off" then doing one or more of the following should help:
     
    • Make sure you have selected the paper size in your printer options that matches your actual paper size (A4, letter, etc.)
    • In your browser window, go to the "File" menu at the top-right, then select "Page Setup...". Once there, edit the left and right margins to be 0 (zero).  They will probably be changed back to a different number, which is the minimum allowable margin.
    • Modify your printer settings by selecting "File" and then "Print...".  Once you have selected your printer, there should be an option to modify your printing preferences.  If you have options such as "Minimize Margins" or "Fit to Page", try checking those boxes. Make sure that the correct paper size is selected.
    • If all else fails, set your printer to print in 'Landscape' (sideways) mode instead of 'Portrait' (vertical).
  • Your report can also be opened by other programs, such as Microsoft Word, and then printed from there.

We're here to help!

If you have further questions, please feel free to ask.  Either reply to one of our emails, or contact us here.