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    How can I get rid of the white background in Keynote?
    I've made a presentation in Keynote, and I want to save it as a PDF. When i look at it in Keynote, there is no white background. But when I export or print as a PDF, there are white bars above and below my slides.

    How can I get rid of that?

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    How can I get rid of the white background in Keynote?
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    I think what you are seeing as "white bars" are, in fact, the unprintable margins of the printer you have chosen as the default printer. When you export or print to a PDF, the print driver uses the known attributes of the printer to create the PDF. Most printers cannot print all the way to the edge of the paper, so the image is created with nothing to print in that outer edge, which then looks white in the PDF.

    What you might do is to see if your printer can print all the way to the edge (Some photo printers can do that) and then select photo as the paper and select a size to use and see if that will create an edge-less print. Just remember to change it back so that the next "normal" print you do is done properly.

    If your printer cannot print all the way to the edge, then I am out of ideas. I don't think you can install a printer on a Mac without having the printer attached to it or available to it, but if you can find out how to do that, then install a photo printer that can print edge-less photos and use that printer for your Keynote exports.
    Jake

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    In the end....I exported as a PNG and made a PDF from that. I spent hours working this out.....!

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    How can I get rid of the white background in Keynote?
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    From some experimentation, if I Export to PDF, I don't get any white bars when opening that PDF with Preview. If I Print that PDF, I will get white bars because it's fitting the PDF onto an A4 piece of paper. I can get rid of the white by selecting the Fill Page option in the Print dialogue box.

    If I Print directly from Keynote I get the white bars for the same reason.

    If you don't want the white bars, then make your slide the same size as your paper.

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    How can I get rid of the white background in Keynote?
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    I think the prompts in the print dialog vary based on the printer, so any given printer may or may not show "Fill Page." Mine does not, for example, but I do have an option to use or ignore margins, which I think does the same thing.
    Jake

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