Ansi Paper Size Chart – North America paper Sizes And Formats
This post was last updated on July 9th, 2022 at 06:51 am
Take a look at the ANSI paper size chart with sizes and formats used in North America to guide you in formatting your work and printing.
Ideally, the commonly known paper size standards in the world are North American systems and an International standard (ISO 216).
The North American system has been adopted in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The system uses Legal, Letter, Ledger/Tabloid, and Executive paper sizes and is formalized in ASME Y14.1. In fact, ISO 216 standard paper sizes are incorporated in ANSI with ASME Y14.1M. You will find the commonly used American paper Sizes as per American National Standards Institute.
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Discover Ansi North America Paper Size Chart
Depending on the type of paper American paper users use the standard size ANSI paper formats, however, the popular formats for international paper size is ISO 216. The user experience of the two common paper sizes formats can be different and many universities around the world have opted for ISO 216. The conversion factor of ANSI to ISO 216 has been considered, it is easy to do so today.
North American Paper Size Chart.
The inch-based sizes “Half Letter”, “Legal”, “Letter”, “Junior Legal”, “Ledger”, and “Tabloid” are the commonly used American paper formats. American Quarto also commonly known as letter size paper ( 8.5 × 11 inches or 215.9 mm × 279.4 mm) can be compared to Demy (a British paper size) (17½ in ×22½ in or 445 mm × 572 mm), which allows half-inch trimming.
The American sizes Legal, Letter, and Ledger/Tabloid are commonly used in offices. For notepads, personal letter writing, and diaries half-letter is recommended. Government legal is not commonly used today as legal size paper in the US, but a Government letter is still in use in the US, but according to international standard it isn’t popular in other parts of the world.
|Size||Width by Height (mm)||Width by Height (inches)||Aspect Ratio|
|Half Letter||140*216 mm||5.5*8.5 inches||1:1.5455|
|Government Letter||203*254 mm||8.0*10.0 inches||1:1.25|
|Letter||216*279 mm||8.5*11.0 inches||1:1.2941|
|Junior Legal||127*203 mm||5.0*8.0 inches||1:1.6000|
|Government Legal||216*330 mm||8.5*13.0 inches||1:1.5294|
|Legal||216*356 mm||8.5*14.0 inches||1:1.6471|
|Ledger/Tabloid||279*432 mm||11.0*17.0 inches||1:1.5455|
ANSI Paper Size Chart Standard.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) created a series of paper sizes using Letter (8.5″ x 11″) format and named it A size and the larger sizes named B, C, D, and E. ANSI A sized paper is known as Letter and ANSI B Tabloid or Ledger. In 1992, ANSI standard sizes were defined using ISO standard sizes, however, Letter format paper had been defined in 1921 as a national standard but the US government formally adopted it in the 1980’s.
The aspect ratio 1:1.2941 and 1:1.5455 is used for ANSI standard sizes and the single aspect ratio 1:√ 2 is used for ISO standard sizes. This makes it difficult to reduce and enlarge between sizes in ANSI sizes unlike ISO leaving a wide margin on the reduced/enlarged document.
|Size||Width by Height (mm)||Width by Height (in)||Aspect Ratio||Closest ISO|
|A||216*279 mm||8.5*11.0 inches||1:1.2941||A4|
|B||279*432 mm||11.0*17.0 inches||1:1.5455||A3|
|C||432*559 mm||17.0*22.0 inches||1:1.2941||A2|
|D||559*864 mm||22.0*34.0 inches||1:1.5455||A1|
|E||864*1118 mm||34.0*44.0 inches||1:1.2941||A0|
Architectural Paper Sizes Chart
Apart from the ANSI system, another series paper sizes exist and it is used for architectural purposes. The ARCH paper sizes when bisected produce two sizes with aspect ratio alternates.
The fact that Arch A and Arch B have aspect ratios of small integers, architects for architects in North America prefer it against ANSI or ISO 216. Aspect ratio 4:3 is equivalent to the traditional aspect ratio which is used in computer displays.
You will also find Arch E2 26 × 38 inches or 660 × 965 mm with an aspect ratio 13:19 and Arch E3 27 × 39 inches or 686 × 991 mm with an aspect ratio 9:13. Arch E3 is available for purchase, however, Arch E2 doesn’t exist on the American National Standards Institute website.
|Size||Width by Height (mm)||Width by Height (in)||Aspect Ratio|
|Arch A||229*305 mm||9.0*12.0 inches||4:3|
|Arch B||305*457 mm||12.0*18.0 inches||3:2|
|Arch C||457*610 mm||18.0*24.0 inches||4:3|
|Arch D||610*914 mm||24.0*36.0 inches||3:2|
|Arch E||914*1219 mm||36.0*48.0 inches||4:3|
|Arch E1||762*1067 mm||30.0*42.0 inches||7:5|
For perfect architectural drawing sizes, American architects use the above table for architectural plans.
Simplified Reduction and Enlargement.
The fact that there is a wide range of paper sizes had traditionally made it hard to format documents from for example A3-A4 with copy machines. Today print machines have a present magnification factor to reduce or enlarge all common paper sizes. The conversion factor is made easy by modern machines. To be precise, using the correct magnification factor reduces the time paper suppliers knock on your office door as there is minimum wastage.
If your copy machine doesn’t show the presents we have a table with additional magnification factors to use below.
ISO Paper Series.
The best attribute of ISO paper formats is that each format has a consistent aspect ratio among all ISO size which is equal to 1:√ 2 making it easy to reduce or enlarge the even larger size document format for printing.
This is the most known series of the ISO standard and A4 size paper format is the most widely used paper format in this series. The paper sizes start with an A followed by a number e.g A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, and more. A smaller number represents larger paper sizes.
The system is formed from the A0 format which is one square meter with a consistent aspect ratio equal to √ 2 ending up as (841× 1189) mm. It is easy to determine each paper size from a sheet of A0 paper by checking the dimensions first and folding it into two. For example, upon folding A1 into 2 the result standard size is A2 and the A2 height ratio is equal to the width of A1.
|Format||Size in Millimeters||Size in Inches|
|A0||841*1189 mm||33.1*46.8 in|
|A1||594*841 mm||23.4*33.1 in|
|A2||420*594 mm||16.5*23.4 in|
|A3||297*420 mm||11.7*16.5 in|
|A4||210*297 mm||8.3*11.7 in|
|A5||148*210 mm||5.8*8.3 in|
|A6||105*148 mm||4.1*5.8 in|
|A7||74*105 mm||2.9*4.1 in|
|A8||52*74 mm||2.0*2.9 in|
|A9||37*52 mm||1.5*2.0 in|
|A10||26*37 mm||1.0*1.5 in|
The paper industry is huge and we introduce the B series which is a larger sheet compared to A series. It has a higher scale but is less small in comparison with C series which is used for envelope. For example, B4 is in the middle of A3 and A4 sheet
The B paper sizes are a bit larger than their A series counterparts and are based on the geometric mean of two consecutive A series sheets. For example, B4 is between A3 and A4 in size, and B5 is between A4 and A5.
|Format||Size in Millimeters||Size in Inches|
|B0||1000*1414 mm||39.4*55.7 in|
|B1||707*1000 mm||27.8*39.4 in|
|B2||500*707 mm||19.7*27.8 in|
|B3||353*500 mm||13.9*19.7 in|
|B4||250*353 mm||9.8*13.9 in|
|B5||176*250 mm||6.9*9.8 in|
|B6||125*176 mm||4.9*6.9 in|
|B7||88*125 mm||3.5*4.9 in|
|B8||62*88 mm||2.4*3.5 in|
|B9||44*62 mm||1.7*2.4 in|
|B10||31*44 mm||1.2*1.7 in|
It is the envelope format series. The C series came into being to help create an envelope to be used for an A series sheet. All A-series sheets fit in C series according to the respective numbering. For example, A4 fits into C4 envelope, A3 into C3 envelope, and more. C sizes are in the middle of A and B. The smaller the number expect a wider range of paper sizes.
|Format||Size in Millimeters||Size in Inches|
|C0||917*1297 mm||36.1*51.1 in|
|C1||648*917 mm||25.5*36.1 in|
|C2||458*648 mm||18.0*25.5 in|
|C3||324*458 mm||12.8*18.0 in|
|C4||229*324 mm||9.0*12.8 in|
|C5||162*229 mm||6.4*9.0 in|
|C8||57*81 mm||2.2*3.2 in|
|C9||40*57 mm||1.6*2.2 in|
|C10||28*40 mm||1.1*1.6 in|
American US Ansi Paper size chart explained
In this paper size guide, we have looked at the different type of paper one can use. It will be useful to you when purchasing print papers from American paper vendors. We have taken into consideration the office applications and researched the actual millimeter dimensions. Government agencies have their own format according to American National Standard ANSI/ASME Y14.1.
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