How can you print a Large Image to Multiple Pages on Windows?

Let’s say you have a very big image that you would like to print, say for example, an image of a map with a resolution of something like 2000 by 2200 pixels. If you try to print it on an A4-sized page, you would end up losing a lot of fine details. If you are a serious photo shopper, you might probably fire up that particular app and use the built-in functionality to split and print. The rest of us, we are supposed to find alternatives.

The good news is that, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, all give you a wonderful application what exactly you need if you encounter a situation similar to the one described above. Though you would find it hard to believe, you are left with no options than to believe, this is a built-in Windows application! And you might get seriously surprised if you come to know that the app is nothing but your MS paint!

You could follow the below mentioned steps to print a large image on to multiple pages using the MS Paint application.

  1. Open the image you would like to print in MS paint.
  2. Select: Print -> Page Setup (Vista and 7), or File -> Page Setup (in XP).
  3. Under Scaling, select Fit to and change the setting to something like “2 by 2 page(s)”.
  4. Now, click “OK”.
  5. Print the image from Paint, and make sure to select “All Pages”.

That’s it, and you are done! You can have any image, be it of whatever size/ resolution and use MS Paint to print it out on multiple sheets of papers. If needed, you can also adjust the page margins in the “Page Setup” option. In any case, all that’s left is to trim the white border from the individual printed pages. You will now have your huge image printed and assembled on regular-sized paper.

One of the most interesting thing about this feature is, a lot of people are curious to know how to print large images on multiple pages but most of them didn’t know that MS Paint could do this! Most of them also have no idea that even in Windows XP, you can select a bunch of images -> Right click and Send To -> Mail Recipient, which would present you the little box which helps you resize the images to a smaller resolution.