I am trying to create an A5 booklet from A4 spreads in InDesign which I have now done but for some reason when I print it is not printing to the edges of the paper. It's about 6mm short on the short edge and 3mm short along the long edge. I don't think the printer we have is full bleed but I would have expected to get a little closer than that to the edges. I have looked at document settings and zeroed all the bleed and slug options and I can't see anything else to change in the printers own settings. Does anyone please have any other idea what I might be able to change?
Unless a printer's feature list expressly touts "edge-to-edge" printing, it almost certainly cannot print to any of the 4 edges. It's a mechanical limitation, and 3 - 6 mm is pretty typical.
I would have expected to get a little closer than that to the edges.
It's likely there is nothing else to try. If you fed the printer something that would or should print to the edges, if the printer was capable of that, and got the 3 and 6 mm printable area margins, that's quite certainly the best it will do.
Okay thanks, looks like it is the limitation of the printer.
Why would I have expected it to be able to do it? Well in this day and age I would have thought a pretty top grade business printer would be able to print a little closer to the edge than 6mm. I have also just done a test on a copy and print job with image right up to the edge and it manages to get to 3mm margin on both long and short edge so that looks like that is it's limitations but could do with that extra 3mm along the short as now I am having to fiddle with the layout which is already tight.