Print Booklet doesn't align front and back sides of pages

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Nov 16, 2020

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I am trying to print a booklet in InDesign with a 9" wide by 7" high spread on 8.5x11 paper. I have crop and registration marks printed but the front side of a page has the marks in a different place than on the back side of the page.  They are about 1/8 of an inch different with each page (based on the crop marks) 7/8 inch from the left side of the sheet of paper. I specified that I want the page Centered in print settings > setup > page position.  Any ideas of why or what other settings I should check  Attached is a copy of the print summary

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Engaged , Nov 16, 2020
roaringmousegraphics Engaged , Nov 16, 2020
I suspect the issue is not with InDesign, but with your printer. Some printers will center inside the printable area, and if their margins aren't equal, that will offset your pages. I suggest creating a PDF with crop marks included, and use Acrobat to print a couple of pages as a test, making sure Acrobat has "Actual size" selected instead of anything else (i.e Do not use "Fit" or "Shrink"). If the results are the same, it's your printer that is misaligned.

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Engaged ,
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I suspect the issue is not with InDesign, but with your printer. Some printers will center inside the printable area, and if their margins aren't equal, that will offset your pages. I suggest creating a PDF with crop marks included, and use Acrobat to print a couple of pages as a test, making sure Acrobat has "Actual size" selected instead of anything else (i.e Do not use "Fit" or "Shrink"). If the results are the same, it's your printer that is misaligned.

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Thanks, Roaring Mouse Graphics.  I created the PDF from InDesign, then took that PDF and printed as a booklet from Acrobat and it worked.  Both sides of the page are in registration and I was able to create my project in the form I wanted.  I'm not sure why the booklet works in Acrobat and not in InDesign but I'll go with the way that works.  Thanks again!

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