Outlook Express 6 Printing Internet Explorer 7

  BGL 11:39 07 Nov 2006


We're running Outlook Express 6 and Internet Explorer 7. When we receive an e-mail with an attachment the print is condensed on to one page and the text becomes almost unreadable. It also loses the header details of the e-mail i.e. From/To/Subject etc. This only happens when there is an attachment(s)to the e-mail, normal e-mails print fine.

I understand that Outlook Express picks up the font settings from Internet Explorer but the settings are fine at "medium". There doesn't seem to be anything else to check. Am I missing something?

Any help would be gratefully appreciated.

  anskyber 12:05 07 Nov 2006

This might be worth a try but it may be an unconnected issue.

IE7 has the facility to always print a page to fit the paper size. If IE7 is reading the attachment in that way it could resize it.

It may be worth a try if you choose the drop down menu from the print command icon select print preview and the default will be shrink to fit. try different settings.

  anskyber 12:07 07 Nov 2006

Actually re reading your post I think that is your answer.

  BGL 12:45 07 Nov 2006

Thanks for the help anskyber.

I've just tried altering this & it works when printing from the internet but it always reverts back to "shrink to fit" so the e-mails are still a problem.

Is there a way of altering the default setting?

  anskyber 12:55 07 Nov 2006

I have not altered it myself but you could try tools, internet options, advanced tab,under multimedia uncheck "enable automatic image resizing". You can always revert back if not.

  BGL 13:14 07 Nov 2006

I've had a look at those advanced settings but the "enable automatic image resizing" wasn't ticked/accepted so it can't be that can it?

  anskyber 13:23 07 Nov 2006

I cannot find anything and this does not offer a choice. click here

  anskyber 13:33 07 Nov 2006

I assume its the printing which is the problem because clicking full width in page preview will enlarge the text on screen.

  BGL 15:13 07 Nov 2006

No problems viewing the text on screen or printing from a website - it will blow up the text or condense print or shrink to page just fine. It's printing the e-mails that's a problem when there's photo attachments.

The problem has only started since we upgraded to Internet Explorer 7 - Internet Explorer 6 was fine. I'm just reluctant to have to go back to version 6 as I like the interface and features of version 7! (we had this problem with the beta version of 7 but I was hoping it was something to do with it only being a test version)

Any other ideas? (Thank you for your help)

  BGL 13:52 08 Nov 2006

Any other suggestions other than reverting back to Internet Explorer 6?

  Carto 10:20 16 Nov 2006


The only option I have found is, when you open the email to print it, go to the VIEW menu, select TEXT SIZE, and then, if able, select FIXED. The font is changed to a very basic font for the message, but it is readable, and the headers are shown.

Hope this helps.

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