prevent photoshop elements from centering an image in print

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Photoshop elements 15 always chooses to "center my image" when I click print.  I have to carefully uncheck the "center the image" option and then mess around with my image on the page and guess where it might look best.  I want the old "what you see is what you get" back.  I don't want to waste my time correcting where photoshop has misplaced my image on the print page. 
How can I prevent photoshop elements from centering my image in the first place?  I can not find any preferences option that deletes this stupid "centering" problem from my printer.
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Hi there Coco Reb

It's not "center my image".  The check-mark box under print, is "center image" and it actually pertains to the position on the paper where a photo will be printed on the paper, and doesn't pertain to where a subject will be printed in a photo.  When you click on File>Print, in that area, you will see "position" as the name of that section and its down-menu has "units" (inches or centimeters) and next to that down-menu it says "top" and "left" and these are measurements which pertain to the area where the photo will be printed on the paper, whether at the top or left or center.   If you want to center a subject in a photo, you can.   It should print the way you want.   

As for "what you see is what you get" Windows changed the old WYSIWYG when Windows-7 was released, because in most programs, we didn't need to understand that anymore, especially in Photoshop where we have always had the freedom to artistically do what we want.   

Steve Lehman, Windows MCSE   
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I don't understand why photoshop is making printing so difficult.  It takes 5 steps to print my photo the way I originally placed it on the paper.  The old photoshop elements made it easy to print.
Also why is 4 x 6 the default paper size? I have to go in and create a "custom" paper size of 8.5 X 11 each time.
This is the worst version of photoshop I have ever tried.  
It should be "what you see is what you get" when you click "print."
I spent 3 hours last night having to use the "hand tool" to correctly place my photo on the paper for each new holiday card. 
 
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Coco, 

Click on Actual Size andno need to change to your photo size.  It does default to 4X6 the program is first opened -- but all of us have our personal adjustments.   

Steve Lehman, Windows MCSE   
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Clicking "Actual size" did nothing but made my image look smaller!  I have already tried every option and it did nothing!  
Photoshop pioneered "what you see is what you get" which was a breakthrough for artists and bookmakers who were not technical experts.
I am so sorry to see Adobe moving away from helping "everyday artists."
It is bad enough that now Photoshop wants a high subscription price for for Photoshop CC (which they are kidding nobody) just adds more price and taxes to the sofware. Now they are dumbing down the Photoshop Elements so that is is unusable.
I hope every Adobe high paid executive is fired, they are taking the way of greed.
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Change to a larger size.  The rest of us use actual size and if we see a smaller image in the print preview, we know already what size it is actually.   If we want a larger size we print it at the size we want.   The WYSIWYG was a reference not a measurement and as an engineer, I never really used it as a technical reference, and it did not save the actual size and was not technically responsible for making the size in whatever the user wanted.   It was a name of a scale.  The scale never changed but the reference went away, which was never anything to an engineer anyway.   I am a MCSE engineer for Windows and have been since the Windows 3.11 Windows days.   
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Another option is to create a blankpageof the required size and place the image where you want it. This is the best way if you wish to create a montage with more than one image, if you want to overlap corners, or/and if you want to add text. If necessary make allowance for printer default borders.
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I use Elements 11 which has a menu option (going back to Elements 2) to resize an image or the canvas the image is within. Before I print I resize a copy of the image or canvas to the requred print size and resolution: e.g. 6x4 at 300 dpi. Can you not do that?
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Thank you! Unfortunately, I can not find that option in Elements 15.
I have decided to return photoshop elements to the store and buy Affinity software.
Affinity is easier and I can still open my old photoshop files.
I hope photoshop elements gets better, but I doubt it based upon the terrible customer service, terrible printer interface and new lack of "what you see is what you get."