Is there a way using Adobe's Reader software to print a single PDF file page enlarged onto several physical pages?

I know there are special "poster" printing packages, and that sometimes a printer driver will allow it, but I am wondering of there is a way to do it from Adobe Reader directly without an outside dependency.

  • I hate to completely ignore the "without an outside dependency" part of the question but I have used rasterbator on occasion and it's pretty slick. homokaasu.org/rasterbator
    – blsub6
    Nov 1, 2010 at 21:33
  • Thanks for the link.. i've seen it but that "without an outside dependency" part is kinda important. :)
    – nonot1
    Nov 1, 2010 at 21:39

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I know this is old, but just in case people come across this on Google, Adobe Reader X can do it now. Just select "Poster" mode when printing and scale it accordingly.

Foxit also has that mode, but I found that it doesn't work if the PDF has a plugin, for example the Mindjet plugin.


Foxit Reader is a free PDF reader that supports tiled printing.

(I know you're asking about no external dependencies, but this question is also a first-page result on Google, hopefully this will help others without that requirement.)

  • 1
    I'm having trouble getting all pages to print; my large page is tiled over 12 pages (at 25% zoom), but 4-6 pages aren't printing (tho not always the same pages). Sep 23, 2013 at 21:10

This is not possible in Adobe's free Reader but is possible in Adobe's commercial Acrobat Pro:

Go to the Print dialog box and set Page Scaling to Tile all pages (on v 10.1.4 of Acrobat Pro, you may have to first select Page Size & Handling --> Poster). You can then adjust the Tile Scale to a suitable percentage. You should be able to see how many physical pages will be used in the print preview.

  • Hmm... I don't see that option. What version are you using?
    – nonot1
    Nov 2, 2010 at 0:16
  • @nonot1: I'm using Acrobat Pro 9.0.0. I just installed Reader 9.4.0 in a VM and confirmed that it DOES NOT have the option I mentioned. Sorry. Nov 2, 2010 at 0:37
  • can make that an official answer?
    – nonot1
    Nov 4, 2010 at 0:04
  • @notot1: I've edited my answer to make it more conclusive. Cheers. Nov 4, 2010 at 0:12
  • Works in Acrobat Reader Free.
    – Cornelius
    Apr 1, 2023 at 2:52

It's not quite what you're after but after seeing you hit a brick wall with native support perhaps it may be of use.

Have you looked at this? Multi-Page PDF Banner/Poster from PDF

If you save the PDF as an image then you can use PostorRazor on the image to print across spanned pages.
Hope it helps.

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