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When we think about a printer, the first thing that comes to our mind is the different sizes of papers. Printers are the most blamed when a print does not look as good as expected. Some people take the problem so seriously that they end up troubleshooting printer issues to find the cause of poor print and its appearance. What we should understand is that the quality of a print is not dependent alone on the printer. The quality and size of the paper also influence the overall appearance of the print.
The paper sizes are governed internationally by an ISO 216 standard which categorizes the paper formats depending upon the sheet dimensions, which range from A0 to A10. They can be commonly known as posters, leaflets, brochures, postcards, books, business cards, etc. The most widely used paper sizes in offices and homes are A3, A4, and A5, which are used mostly for printing or as notepads. Additionally, double and quadruple sizes of A0 are also available, but not popular.
The countries of North America like Canada and the US, do not use ISO 216 standard paper sizes. They follow the Letter, Executive, Legal, and Ledges/ Tabloid paper sizes.
Envelopes are also designed from B and C, which can accommodate the paper according to their sizes. For more understanding, a letter written on an A4 sheet can be placed inside a C4 envelope. At the same time, a C4 envelope can be placed inside a B4 envelope. The reason for this categorization is the C4 sheet is slightly wider than A4 while B4 is slightly wider than C4.
One can notice from the below picture of an A0 size paper and learn that all the other sizes can be derived from the A0 size paper by subdividing it without wasting any material. One can easily fold an A0 paper and cut it into whatever size he wants. This idea has helped in conserving a number of trees which are the raw material for paper production.
For better understanding, given below is the different paper sizes in inches (width x height)-
2A0- 46.8 x 66.2 in
A0- 33.1 x 46.8 in
A1- 23.4 x 33.1 in
A2- 16.5 x 23.4 in
A3- 11.7 x 16.5 in
A4- 8.3 x 11.7 in
A5- 5.8 x 8.3 in
It is crucial that you understand the different paper sizes and their uses, to ensure that the print you take is the best. This becomes necessary when the documents are of official significance. Knowing when and where to use these determines the quality of the print.