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Why does firefox print the wrong date?

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When I print something it shows the date as 12/31/69. Is there a way to correct the date and time, and to auto update the date and time?

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Most computers do this. Even having auto settings. Check Linux support.

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To see whether Firefox is confused about the current date, you could try running the following snippet of code in the web console. Either:

  • Windows/Linux: Ctrl+Shift+k
  • "3-bar" menu button > Developer > Web Console
  • (menu bar) Tools > Web Developer > Web Console

Type or paste this in the line at the bottom and press Enter to execute it:

var d=new Date(); console.log(d.toLocaleString());

That should display the current date/time on your system.

If it's 1969 there, check your system clock. (Or if you run Firefox in a VM or other virtual container, your container's clock.)


If that is correct but printouts are incorrect:

Is the problem in a header or footer? Firefox stores different header/footer field settings for different printers. The &D placeholder should be replaced with the current date and time. Could you check:

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button promising to be careful.

(2) In the search box above the list, type or paste print.*head and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Scan down the list to see whether there are any hard-coded dates

(4) In the search box above the list, type or paste print.*foot and pause while the list is filtered

(5) Scan down the list to see whether there are any hard-coded dates