Printing slides is a common need. But the Microsoft presets are not optimal. For example, let’s look at “2-up” printouts directly from PowerPoint and then we’ll look at my preferred option which is using Adobe Acrobat to create the 2-up PDF printout.
Using Microsoft’s PowerPoint preset:
1. Go to File > Export > Create PDF/XPS Document
2. In the PUBLISH OPTIONS section, change the drop down menu to HANDOUTS. Slides per page = 2. Keep HORIZONTAL setting. A print preview of the pages will be on the right.
Select OK and your PDF will be created.
But, these can be larger images of each slide if we do not use the PowerPoint preset.
To create 2-up printout using Adobe Acrobat (Note: This is a multi-step process, but the result is great):
1. Go to File > Export > Create PDF/XPS Document. This time don’t worry about the options, just create PDF with 1 slide per page (the default print setup).
2. Now we are going to print the PDF again. From the PDF of the slides, Go to File >Print
3. Select ADOBE PDF as your printer.
4. In the Page Sizing and Handling select MULTIPLE.
5. In Pages Per Sheet select Custom.
6. Set to 1 by 2, the small print preview should look like the below example.
As you can see, side-by-side, the Adobe Acrobat 2-up PDF printout on the left has larger slide images than the PowerPoint 2-up printout, the Adobe Acrobat 2-up takes up the page significantly more than PowerPoint does.
Just a simple option to provide better printouts. It also works for 3-4-6-8-up printouts!
-Troy @ TLC