I’m a stickler for perfection and I oftentimes create documents in Microsoft Word or Powerpoint that need to be borderless when exported to PDF format. I’m sure you’ve seen a beautiful document magically sport an unwanted white border around the page, much like this.
On a Mac, using File -> Save As… -> Format (PDF) will not work as you’ll get the white borders.
A solution that was floated online was to create a custom Paper Size and setting the Non-Printable Area margins to 0. However, this will cause problems when you have a document that has multiple sections (Microsoft Word). You’ll suddenly have multiple PDF files that will have a suffix – filename.2.pdf, filename.3.pdf and this will be a huge nightmare for you.
The solution is pretty simple, really
1. Download generic Gutenprint Mac printer drivers from gimp-print.sourceforge.net/MacOSX.php
2. Doubleclick on the downloaded .dmg file. Double click on the installation file and complete the process.
3. Go to the System Preferences on your Mac and click Printers & Scanners.
4. Click on the + sign as shown below.
5. Select the IP tab and in the Address field, key in 123.
6. Select Internet Printing Protocol – IPP.
7. Under the Use section below, choose Select Software…
8. A long list of printers will appear based on the Gutenprint drivers you just installed. In the search section, key in C83.
9. Select Epson Stylus C83. This is a printer that has borderless capabilities. Click OK.
10. Give the printer an easy-to-identify name like Borderless PDF. Click Add.
11. An error will pop-up because the printer doesn’t physically exist on your computer. Just click Continue.
12. That’s it. Go to Microsoft Word and when you want to print, look for the printer you just installed and select it.
13. Then click on the PDF button below and choose Save as PDF.
14. Leave me a comment if this worked for you!