How can I disable the Surfer warning when I print about the output not fitting on the media?

Q: I created a map bigger than the page size in Surfer. Every time I print, I am prompted with a warning saying that the output does not fit on the selected media. I know this and want to truncate my plot, but this warning is getting annoying. Can I turn it off?


A: Yes, you can disable this warning, which occurs in Surfer 9.8 and higher when attempting to print to a paper size smaller than the plot you are trying to print. The media size is the paper size you are printing to, set by the printer driver. This is not necessarily the same as the page size for the project, which is set by Surfer under File | Page Setup.


To turn this warning off:

  1. Click File | Options.
  2. Select Printing from the list on the left.
  3. On the right, uncheck Warn on truncate and click OK.

To disable this warning in Surfer 10 or 11:

  1. Click the Windows Start button in the lower left corner of the desktop, type in regedit and press ENTER on the keyboard. This will open the Registry Editor. Be very careful when editing the registry.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Golden Software\Surfer\10\Settings (or \Surfer\11\Settings).
  3. Click Edit | New | StringValue.
  4. The New Value #1 value is created.
  5. Change the name to WarnTruncate.
  6. Double click on the WarnTruncate value.
  7. Change the Value data to 0 and click OK (a 1 means to show the warning, a 0 means to not show the warning).
  8. Go to File | Exit to exit the Registry Editor.
  9. Restart Surfer.


Now the warning will be disabled and the plot will simply be truncated to the paper size specified by the printer driver. To change this back to the defaults, you can either set the Value data to 1 (which is the default) or delete the WarnTruncate value in the registry.


When you install any update to Surfer 10 or 11, this added registry value should not be overwritten. It should remain as you created it.


Updated November 10, 2017

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