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IRS tax form fill-in font (my answers/numbers) printing too small.. Help!?

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Any experienced tax people please advise: I wanted to use the downloadable forms for the first time this year and everything looks great on screen. However, when I print the forms, the fill in font looks way too small to me. I can barely read the numbers myself–and they’re my numbers. Everything looks like it’s a small 8 point font or so. I’ve tried to change it on Adobe but can’t. The instructions and their descriptions look just fine on the form–it’s just the data (numbers) I’m providing that seems to be printing too small. Am I better off filling in their hardcopy forms by hand after all or is it better to print and submit these online forms, where they may struggle to see the numbers clearly. When they created these forms, I don’t think they gave any attention to the font size they set for the answers. The online forms ARE neater–it’s just the small answers that concern me…Thanks!
To Riddle Me below– Thanks, your answer sounded very logical and that may well be what’s happening, but I did as you suggested — under advanced, print image– and it still comes out the same size :-((
To RiddleMe again. Thanks…well I can’t chose downloadable fonts, I checked that. Do I have the most recent driver? Not sure of that but I have an HP Officejet 8600- it’s one of their newer printers and just got it this year so I don’t think the drivers are old…if I can’t fix this…do you think it would be best to submit these forms or handwrite my tax forms after all?
To RiddleMe again. Thanks…well I can’t chose downloadable fonts, I checked that. Do I have the most recent driver? Not sure of that but I have an HP Officejet 8600- it’s one of their newer printers and just got it this year so I don’t think the drivers are old…if I can’t fix this…do you think it would be best to submit these forms or handwrite my tax forms after all?
Well, thanks for sticking with me. Going to the site to download fonts–I’m not a techie–sounds like more work than is worth! And I could mess up something. My printer has worked beautifully since I bought it and don’t want to mess with it for this one instance. Will see about Redirect–but I may just handwrite my tax forms after all.

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  1. RiddleMeThis on Mar 13, 2013 Reply

    It’s probably an issue with your printer driver and whether it’s substituting fonts.

    Try “Print As image” under the “Advanced” button.
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    Can you choose to “download fonts” in the printer properties? Used to have to do this with older progs.

    And are you using the most up to date (or even correct) drivers? If you’re using a “generic” driver, it might do this.
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    This might take a bit but I could give you a work-around that probably would work. It’s also save your forms in a PDF format for archiving. Though I admit, printing from a PDF to a PDF doesn’t always work, but I have done it.

    Go to download.com and get PDF ReDirect. It’s installs a printer driver that “prints” to a PDF file. I use it all the time at work for a paperless office. This way I don’t have to print and then scan the document.

    The other option is to go to HP support site and look up your driver.
    http://www8.hp.com/us/en/support-drivers.html

    Make sure it’s not the generic one. If it’s a Laserjet, try loading both the TrueType driver and the PCL5 or PCL6 driver, if they are both available. It can be a pain, but each font type is handled differently and some progs still prefer the TrueType format.

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  2. tro on Mar 13, 2013 Reply

    if nothing else take the downloaded forms and have the enlarged at your nearest copy shop so you can read them

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