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Paper sizes
This page lists common American and European paper sizes, including the ISO standards. All dimensions are defined in inches, millimeters as well as PostScript points (always rounded off). This overview covers: ISO page sizes (the ever popular A4, but also SRA press sheet sizes) American paper size dimensions, such as Letter, Legal and the ANSI series. English sheet sizes for writing paper and book printing

ISO A paper sizes


The A-series consists of a logical set of paper sizes that are defined by the ISO 216 standard. The largest size (A0) measures one square meter. The height/width ratio remains constant (1:1.41) for all sizes. This means you get the A1 size by folding an A0 paper in two along its shortest side. Then fold the A1 size in two to get an A2 size paper, and so on A-sizes are used to define the finished paper size in commercial printing. A4 is used for office documents. A6 is used for postcards.
Millimeters Height 1189 841 594 420 297 210 148 105 Width 841 594 420 297 210 148 105 74 Inches Height 46.81 33.11 23.39 16.54 11.69 8.27 5.83 4.13 Width 33.11 23.39 16.54 11.69 8.27 5.83 4.13 2.91 Points Height 3370 2384 1684 1190 842 595 420 298 Width 2384 1684 1190 842 595 420 298 209

A0 A1 A2 A3 A4 A5 A6 A7

ISO B paper sizes


The same logic from the A-sizes also applies for the B-series, except here the starting point was the dimension of one of the sides, which starts at 1 meter. B-sizes are often used for posters.
Millimeters Height 1414 1000 707 500 353 250 176 125 88 62 44 Width 1000 707 500 353 250 176 125 88 62 44 31 Inches Height 55.67 39.37 27.83 19.69 13.90 9.84 6.93 4.92 3.46 2.44 1.73 Width 39.37 27.83 19.69. 13.90 9.84 6.93 4.92 3.46 2.44 1.73 1.22 Points Height 4008 2835 2004 1417 1001 709 499 354 249 176 125 Width 2835 2004 1417 1001 709 499 354 249 176 125 88

B0 B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7 B8 B9 B10

ISO C paper sizes


C-sizes are used for envelopes to match the A-series paper. I have omitted unrealistic sizes like C0 (imagine an envelope measuring 917 by 1297 millimetres).
Millimeters Height 458 324 229 162 114 Width 648 458 324 229 162 Inches Height 18.03 12.76 9.02 6.38 4.49 Width 25.51 18.03 12.76 9.02 6.38 Points Height 578 919 649 459 323 Width 1837 578 919 649 459

C2 C3 C4 C5 C6

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ISO D paper sizes


I have no idea what D-sizes are used for but the standard is there so it should be mentioned.
Millimeters Height 771 Width 1090 Inches Height 30.35 Width 42.91 Points Height 2186 Width 3090

D0

ISO RA & SRA paper sizes


These oversized papersizes are used by printers. The dimensions in millimetres are rounded to the nearest value.
Millimeters Height 900 640 450 320 225 860 610 430 Width 1280 900 640 450 320 1220 860 610 Inches Height 35.43 25.20 17.72 12.59? 8.86? 33.86 24.02 16.93 Width 50.39 35.43 25.20 17.72 12.59? 48.03 33.86 24.02 Points Height 2551 1814 1276 907? 638? 2438 1729 1219 Width 3628 2551 1814 1276 907? 3458 2438 1729

SRA0 SRA1 SRA2 SRA3 SRA4 RA0 RA1 RA2

American paper sizes


The US and Canada do not use the international standards but instead rely on the paper sizes below. The ANSI standard was added in 1995 to create a set of sizes that are based on shared dimensions. It lacks however the consistent aspect ratio of the ISO A-series.
Millimeters Height 279.4 355.6 431.8 279.4 266.7 432 559 864 Width 215.9 215.9 279.4 431.8 184.1 559 864 1118 Inches Height 11.00 14.00 17.00 11.00 10.55 17.00 22 34.00 Width 8.50 8.50 11.00 17.00 7.25 22.00 34 44.00 Points Height 792 1008 1224 792 756 1224 1584 2448 Width 612 612 792 1224 522 1584 2448 3168

Letter (ANSI A) Legal Ledger (ANSI B) Tabloid (ANSI B) Executive ANSI C ANSI D ANSI E

English paper sizes (writing papers)


The English nowadays use the A-sizes for office and general use. I have no idea whether many of these definitions are still in use today. Imperial and half-imperial still seem to be widely used by artists.
Millimeters Height 419 469 588 628 507 533 558 584 609 634 761 Width 336 368 336 336 394 419 444 457 482 507 559 Inches Height 16.50 18.50 22.00 24.75 20.00 21.00 22.00 23.00 24.00 25.00 30.00 Width 13.25 14.50 13.25 13.25 15.50 16.50 17.50 18.00 19.00 20.00 22.00 Points Height 1188 1332 1584 1782 1440 1512 1584 1656 1728 1800 2160 Width 954 1044 954 954 1116 1188 1260 1296 1368 1440 1584

Foolscap Small Post Sheet and 1/3 cap Sheet and 1/2 cap Demy Large Post Small medium Medium Small Royal Royal Imperial

UK metric book printing sizes


For books A-sizes often arent used because A4 is too large and A5 too small. Metric Royal Octavo and Metric Crown Quarto are 2 frequently used sizes that are more comfortable to hold and read.

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Metric Crown Quarto Metric Crown Octavo Metric Large Crown Quarto Metric Large Crown Octavo Metric Demy Quarto Metric Demy Octavo Metric Royal Quarto Metric Royal Octavo

Millimeters Height 246 186 258 198 276 216 312 198

Width 189 123 201 129 219 138 237 129

Inches Height 9 11/16 7 5/16 10 3/16 7 13/16 10 7/8 8 1/2 12 1/4 7 13/16

Width 7 7/16 4 13/16 7 7/8 5 1/16 8 5/8 5 7/16 9 5/16 5 1/16

Points Height 697 527 731 561 782 612 884 561

Width 536 349 570 366 621 391 672 366

Other sources of information


There are a number of other web sites that list paper sizes and their use. Check them out if you need a second opinion Wikipedia

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56 Comments

56 Responses to Paper sizes


Lars says:
October 23, 2007 at 8:45 pm

Great summary for the non-initiated thanks!

George Rivas says:


January 2, 2008 at 10:28 pm

I take issue with your flip comment that there is no apparent logic behind US paper sizes. The American Society for Testing and Materials sets these sizes and they are very logical and easy to remember without resorting to references (see below). Some of these sizes have also picked up synonyms such as letter which, I would argue, are no more illogical than British terms such as foolscap. A size is the functional equivalent to UK A4 and is 8.5in by 11 inches. As the letters increase the short dimension is doubled. E.g: B size is 1711 inches (roughly A3 also called ledger), C size is 1722 inches, D size is 3422, and E size (typically a full-size engineering drawing) is 3444. Special paper sizes such as executive, legal, etc. are marketing names developed by stationary companies and immortalized by the print drivers installed on your computer. I would have expected more research from a professional printing site.

Laurens says:
January 4, 2008 at 5:28 am

Ouch, I never realized people could be this sensitive about paper sizes. Thanks for the explanation though, which is very informative! I have changed that line of text on the page. As for this site being a professional site: it isnt. I see it as my web-enabled notebook. I can only guarantee that visitors get more than what they paid for but I acknowledge that this is no excuse for making mistakes. Again: thanks for the feedback!

scooter says:
January 17, 2008 at 1:16 am

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Whoa tell me about it! Sounds like a genuine paper expert there. Very helpful none the less. Thanks!!

Alistair says:
January 25, 2008 at 9:29 pm

While I agree there really is some logic behind the US paper sizes I suggest the gentleman taking umbrage be a little more sensitive to the US approach to ignoring international standards in this and many related areas. The US continues to use measurement basis that the rest of the world largely abandoned (except for specific special cases) a while ago. Such changes are obviously not trivial for a population to embracebut people do quickly adapt. His example of foolscap is a case in point, it is an archaic size and very difficult to find in the UKthe ISO A sizes having been adopted years ago. It is public record that the US was the last major player to accept SI as legal remarkably recently, and remains the last to not require it on packaging and the like. The US even insists on a different system of maritime navigation marks whilst everyone else not dominated by big brother uses a different internationally agreed approach. It should therefore be no surprise if the raison detre behind the US approach is less than widely understood outside the US. I am from the UK but have lived and worked in the US for over decade now. I know from personal experience how unnecessary these differences really areand a little bit of flippancy in the face of such national arrogance seems totally appropriate to meeven if it was unintentional in this case.

Ron Spicer says:


March 25, 2008 at 11:24 pm

I do not mind the size issue US and others. To each there own place and size. But I do mind not have copiers with preprogramed enlarge and reduction setting for standards. The common US are list or the common ISO are listed but why not have ISO to US and US to ISO the V and H ratios could be preset and ready for use.

mona clarke says:


April 16, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Whar are the avery size Crds Ib Greeting cards

ML Jennings says:
August 5, 2008 at 2:37 am

Thank you for the information found on this site. It has been a big help I have printed it out and put it next to our copier for the staff to see. Knowing the exact sizes of the various papers is a great help.

Samantha Leith says:


March 3, 2009 at 2:38 am

Your information is ok. but can get a bit more stuff cause i still did not find wat i was looking for. I was looking for popular paper sizes but didnt get it.

Laurens says:
March 3, 2009 at 11:01 pm

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I think it is difficult to list how popular certain paper sizes are. Obviously this depends on the intended usage but there are also big regional differences. Most of Europe sticks to A4 for letters and general office printing but you wont find this size much in the US. If anyone has a list, please post a link!

Linda Setzer says:


March 5, 2009 at 10:42 pm

It has taken me 70 years to get curious enough about sizes of paper and envelopes and paper. Your site has fulfilled that curiosity most admirably! Thank you.

Andrea Grififths says:


March 10, 2009 at 7:32 pm

WHat is a livre demi-poche? And what size is it? Thanks

Laurens says:
March 11, 2009 at 7:51 am

I cannot find a definition for it either. A livre de poche is a pocketbook, typically 130190 mm. Demipoche could be a half-size version but I cannot find any dimensions for it. Ill ask one of my French colleagues, maybe they know.

Kailash Kothari says:


March 24, 2009 at 1:25 pm

hi, I Work as Programmer in Paper Industry In India at NemLaxmi Pvt. Ltd. This article proves to be helpful to me while studing different paper sizes while preparing coding of finished product for making every product unique. Thanks.

Mary says:
April 25, 2009 at 12:46 am

Is there a name or number for 6 x 3.75 paper, which is a personal check size? Id like to think my computer/printer has been programmed with that size but Im not sure what to ask for.

Ian Southen says:


August 4, 2009 at 12:01 am

Hi Great list thanks. Can you help with paper sizes for music. I believe they are quite different.

Laurens says:
August 12, 2009 at 9:28 am

Sorry, I have no experience with paper sizes for music.

Katie Pierce says:


August 6, 2009 at 7:58 pm

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Hi, I am trying to find out what paper size for a publication that folds over and is (when folded) letter size or 8.511? Do you know what software and printers to use for this size paper?

Laurens says:
August 6, 2009 at 9:52 pm

If you want to simply fold a page along the shortest side to end up with a letter size document, you need to use a tabloid size page (1117). If it is a more complex folding scheme you are after, such as a gatefold or one or two folding panels, then each panel needs to be smaller to compensate for inaccuracies in folding and cutting. If this isnt done the edge of the paper will crease when the piece is folded. I think panels that are 1/16 of an inch less wide is the general recommendation but it is better to consult with your printer. The regular layout applications like Adobe InDesign, QuarkXpress, are used for designing folded documents. Typically thin lines in the bleed area indicate where the document should be folded.

Prashant says:
August 11, 2009 at 8:20 am

Thanks a lot. I found it very useful .Anytime i need help of papersize I refer it. Prashant

Duncan says:
August 16, 2009 at 6:38 am

Can anyone help with , L & L2 ? Thanks

Ryan Caragher says:


October 21, 2009 at 5:34 pm

The D0 is an exact match to the HP plotter that I use.

GRISELDA says:
October 30, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Any paper with size 6.5in x 9 in.? thanks so much

Mike says:
November 17, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Do you have a pdf version of this info..

Mike says:
November 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Its ok managed to print it off ok Thanks for the useful info..

Christopher says:
January 3, 2010 at 3:54 pm

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I have a ledger I purchased in Oxford in 1969 the size of which was described as elephant folio. Does this size still pertain? Thank you.

hadiza nuhu says:


February 5, 2010 at 9:29 am

i actually wanted to know the names of the various types papers used in printing industry. it seems u dont have the info.

Dave says:
February 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Excellent! Informative and helpful article. Thanks for the useful, well presented and consise info. Anyone whos ungratefully pedantic enough to be upset or offended by it, please supply dimensions of the cavity youd like me to insert the paper into and Ill duly oblige. American, ISO or English measurements accepted! For some on here, Ill prepare the A0 heavyweight stock. Have a nice day!

Tony Parry says:


April 14, 2010 at 1:26 pm

What a mine of useful information! Thank you for taking the time to let me have this valuable info. My query was regarding SRA3 which I have had answered admirably, thanks. It is true then, size is everything, certainly when it relates to paper! Have a great day! Tony

Feebs says:
May 5, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Your listings are very helpful as a Brit, expatriated to USA now back in UK again. I am looking for a UK source for Legal & Letter size hanging files for my US office furniture I brought back. Any ideas? Thanks, Feebs

Meenakshi says:
May 18, 2010 at 10:24 am

Thanks Your website is really helpful for the architectural students like me. Thanks once again

Juliane Biallas says:


May 24, 2010 at 8:36 am

It is funny for me to read all this comments and questions about paper sizes. For me as German the sizes are crystal clear with our DIN A (Deutsche Industrie Norm) now named ISO for

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international understanding. I fully agree with Alistair about the ignorance of America in that matter. Sunny regards from Athens, Greece Juliane

Rod Hull says:


June 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Neat love the comments too have a look-see at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_size mentions elephant size there.

yan sda says:


June 11, 2010 at 9:21 am

Thanks for informations

Great job.Very useful and helpful for printers -Chris PrintEdge Ltd, Nigeria says:
June 20, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Great job.Very useful and helpful for printers Chris PrintEdge Ltd, Nigeria

Great job.Very useful and helpful for printers -Chris PrintEdge Ltd, Nigeria says:
June 20, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Is it possible to have it sent to my email box

Sean says:
June 21, 2010 at 9:49 am

Thanks for telling me this we where talking about why the bigger the number the smaller the page size so thanks!

Alex says:
July 15, 2010 at 11:45 am

Hi I am greatfull to you all, since i m working as a print production supervisor.This chart is very much helpfull to me, Thanks to people on NemLaxmi Pvt. Ltd

Bhavesh says:
July 24, 2010 at 9:20 am

will you please tell me which type of paper use in laundry dry clinning bill book. what is a quality of paper which goes with keep with cloath as tag to identify customer cloths

ASIT INGLE says:


August 1, 2010 at 7:21 am

dear sir i am starting a new printing press so i need information reguarding printing pls help me

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Sir,

Nelson says:
December 30, 2010 at 9:56 am

It is not wise to enter in any business which is unfamiliar.

MIR SHAUKAT ALI says:


August 31, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Hi, i am an IT admin/supervisor from middleast it helped me for my thirdparty erps Thanks for Ur Effort Ur Effort Appreciated sd/mir shaukat ali (indian)

producer says:
March 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Hi T. Ward, What is the standard printing size for documents in India? A4, letter, other? Thanks! Laurens says:
March 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm

As far as I know it is A4 which was adopted as the national standard in 1957.

Frank says:
August 31, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Christopher, If you have not found your answer regarding, elephant, I will try to give you one. Elephant is an traditional English Paper & Book size of paper. The basic size is 23 x 28 or 584mm x 711cm. Frank

Martyn Bidgood says:


September 15, 2010 at 11:28 am

In the UK I use A4 for document originals and print A5 for their booklet equivalent. What size of .pdf document will allow the US to print a Letter sized original but still print a 1/2 sized booklet. Any advice would help Thanks

Don B says:
November 19, 2010 at 12:21 am

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Thanks to your website, we discovered a book we had was size A6. We needed that size to correctly scan the document quickly, without cropping. Adobe Acrobat rotated the pages correctly. Thanks for your help!

dinesh patel says:


December 2, 2010 at 4:06 am

hi,this site is very useful 4 me.if i get any problem,sorted out by u.thx a lot.

venkat says:
December 7, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Data is clear and i got a timely help

Myrr says:
December 28, 2010 at 7:20 am

Hey Ive been told by my boss to print a document in 7.25 x 9.5 inch size. Does this dimension have a name? Is it a popular size?

pylaj says:
February 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm

the information on this site is quite helpful. I can now comfortly choose a size that is close to what I have in mind. To me, ISO paper sizes remained the standard measuerements. Thanks.

T. Ward says:
March 1, 2011 at 12:22 am

Do u have any information on how to fold E-size paper to fit in 11X17 binders? Would appreciate it greatly. T. Ward

Julie says:
March 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Found this if it helps anyone http://www.scrivs.co.uk/1/a1-paper-size.html

Andrea says:
May 30, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I have a question what would be the actual size of an oversize ANSI E? Thanks!

Tony says:
June 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm

What is the percentage increase from A5 to B5 paper size.

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Hopefully someone can help?

atang says:
July 14, 2011 at 12:09 pm

this was very helpfull thank you

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