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Mar 29, 2013 07:01:48   #
Emell
 
OK, I'm older and not up to the marvels of technology and am becoming totally frustrated at patterns that I find and would like to try (either free or for sale) that are available ONLY by downloading them. I cannot see what size the print will be until I print out the pattern. Sometimes it is so small as to be impossible to read - or mark up in any way. Is there a way to know in advance what a pattern will look like after it has been downloaded or do I just give up and pass up those many patterns now only available by downloading them? And please no advice that I should just work with them from a PC or tablet or whatever other technical marvel is out there. I like printed patterns.
 
Mar 29, 2013 07:06:38   #
crochet_away
 
I don't know about you but on my browser (firefox)
if i click file in the very top left hand corner you can get a print preview, that should help you decide if it will be readable for you,
you should be able to size it accordingly from there :D
Mar 29, 2013 07:10:13   #
Machalo
 
You could also try to cut and paste the pattern into a word processing program where you can adjust the type size and font to suit your needs. I'm with you, I like a written/printed pattern too, so will be interested in all the answers that come in. Good luck!!
Mar 29, 2013 07:14:37   #
Featherstitcher
 
I know what you mean. If you hold down the Ctrl key and turn the wheel on the mouse (if you have one) you can enlarge or shrink the view on the screen, but I don't know if that will affect how it prints.
Mar 29, 2013 07:21:07   #
Emell
 
crochet_away wrote:
I don't know about you but on my browser (firefox)
if i click file in the very top left hand corner you can get a print preview, that should help you decide if it will be readable for you,
you should be able to size it accordingly from there :D


Thanks for the idea and will use it for free patterns. That leaves the for fee patterns - one of which I found that runs 30 pages. :shock:
Mar 29, 2013 07:21:16   #
Ann745
 
On IE (internet explorer) browser, there is a tool icon in the upper right corner that will say print- then print preview.
 
Mar 29, 2013 07:22:16   #
Emell
 
Machalo wrote:
You could also try to cut and paste the pattern into a word processing program where you can adjust the type size and font to suit your needs. I'm with you, I like a written/printed pattern too, so will be interested in all the answers that come in. Good luck!!


I don't know how to do that. Can you briefly tell me how or PM me? Thanks.
Mar 29, 2013 07:22:52   #
sarah66
 
I also cut and paste patterns into word so I can reduce the amount of 'surplus' printing that isn't needed, especially some of the adverts that come with patterns.
Also, if you do a print preview, you may be able to adjust the size of the print, although this may depend on your printer.
There are ways around it, but if you could get someone to show you what's possible with your setup it would be easier for you.

And, I agree too, I HATE reading patterns or books from a screen because I like to curl up in my chair with book or knitting; the only thing I like reading on a screen is KP :)
Mar 29, 2013 07:23:07   #
Emell
 
Featherstitcher wrote:
I know what you mean. If you hold down the Ctrl key and turn the wheel on the mouse (if you have one) you can enlarge or shrink the view on the screen, but I don't know if that will affect how it prints.


I've tried that and it doesn't affect the size of the print at all.
Mar 29, 2013 07:28:51   #
Emell
 
The only thing that I've done that works (sometimes) is to copy the pattern and e-mail it to myself! :shock: :roll: :lol: That way I can control the size of the print and the spacing. But when a pattern is long, it doesn't seem to work that well. I followed a link this morining and found a crazy quilt afghan pattern - I think it was something like 54 blocks of different stitches - runs 30 pages and is only downloadable (if that's a word). Now I would really like the pattern but am stuck on what to do with it if I buy it. The proceeds go to charity.
Mar 29, 2013 07:30:01   #
PaulaP
 
I have a friend with the same situation. After repeatedly trying to teach her the basics of computer world, it is just not a part of her everyday life. She can learn anything but, when she doesn't continue to use it (as in occasionally printing a pattern), she forgets how to do it, which is natural with anything. There is more than one way to solve a problem. We found a neighbor who has a teenager who these skills are very basic for. When she needs something printed out, she calls the neighbor and the son comes over and in ten minutes, he prints out what my friend needs, as she needs it. My friend is on a fixed income so sometimes she pays him a little, sometimes not. Sometimes she gives him cookies or something else as a token of her appreciation. He is very nice and it is a good experience for both of them. Just a suggestion that worked for my friend.
 
Mar 29, 2013 07:30:59   #
gmaison
 
I always use the cut and paste into a Word document....
Mar 29, 2013 07:31:55   #
ladyleopard3
 
You could download, print, then enlarge on a copy machine.

Patty S
Mar 29, 2013 07:33:20   #
ManyClouds
 
You can highlight the pattern, then copy it to Word. You will have icons along the top of the screen and I think it is the one called Font. But it has different sizes of print. Once you have pasted the pattern, highlight it and then choose the print size you want. It will then print out larger. I know all of these instructions sound confusing - perhaps you know someone who is computer savvy who can help you.

I find that I have to delete most of the adverts from patterns by copying and pasting. The most annoying thing is the huge coloured pictures of the pattern which use up all the ink. Sometimes you can shrink the size of the picture - but mostly you can't. It's costing me a fortune in coloured ink for the printer!
Mar 29, 2013 07:34:00   #
Jude2444
 
PaulaP wrote:
I have a friend with the same situation. After repeatedly trying to teach her the basics of computer world, it is just not a part of her everyday life. She can learn anything but, when she doesn't continue to use it (as in occasionally printing a pattern), she forgets how to do it, which is natural with anything. There is more than one way to solve a problem. We found a neighbor who has a teenager who these skills are very basic for. When she needs something printed out, she calls the neighbor and the son comes over and in ten minutes, he prints out what my friend needs, as she needs it. My friend is on a fixed income so sometimes she pays him a little, sometimes not. Sometimes she gives him cookies or something else as a token of her appreciation. He is very nice and it is a good experience for both of them. Just a suggestion that worked for my friend.
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Great idea! I'm okay with word documents, but occasionally I have to alter an excel document. I email it to my daughter, she fixes it and sends it back. Works great!
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