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Using Windows 10 - WHERE do I change the printer used from Firefox?

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Print function on Firefox does not even tell me which printer is being used - just sends the document to "print" Windows 10 does not have a "default printer" setting. WHERE ON FIREFOX do I direct traffic to a specific printer? I have the option on Microsoft Edge and Chrome, where/how on Firefox?

Print function on Firefox does not even tell me which printer is being used - just sends the document to "print" Windows 10 does not have a "default printer" setting. WHERE ON FIREFOX do I direct traffic to a specific printer? I have the option on Microsoft Edge and Chrome, where/how on Firefox?
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Hi cyra, when you click the Print... button or press Ctrl+P, Firefox should show a dialog before sending the print job to the system. Firefox's print dialog looks a bit different from the regular Windows one, but if you prefer, you can switch it. Here is a screenshot of the regular one:

Is your Firefox completely skipping that dialog? Check to make sure it is not set for "silent" printing. Here's how:

(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 or accepting the risk.

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

(3) If you find a bolded line starting with print.always_print_silent and set to true, double-click it to switch the value to false

This preference does not exist in a regular installation of Firefox, so if it's completely missing, that's normal.

Hi cyra, when you click the Print... button or press Ctrl+P, Firefox should show a dialog before sending the print job to the system. Firefox's print dialog looks a bit different from the regular Windows one, but if you prefer, you can switch it. Here is a screenshot of the regular one: <img src="https://prod-cdn.sumo.mozilla.net/uploads/images/2019-03-17-08-17-49-05f168.png" width="500"> Is your Firefox completely skipping that dialog? Check to make sure it is not set for "silent" printing. Here's how: (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 or accepting the risk. (2) In the search box above the list, type or paste '''print''' and pause while the list is filtered (3) If you find a bolded line starting with '''print.always_print_silent''' and set to true, double-click it to switch the value to false ''This preference does not exist in a regular installation of Firefox, so if it's completely missing, that's normal.''
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I don't get that screen - please look at my screenshot. Silent print avenue (about.config) takes me to "Hmm. We’re having trouble finding that site".

I don't get that screen - please look at my screenshot. Silent print avenue (about.config) takes me to "Hmm. We’re having trouble finding that site".
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cyra said

I don't get that screen - please look at my screenshot. Silent print avenue (about.config) takes me to "Hmm. We’re having trouble finding that site".

That's because you typed about.config (with a dot) instead of about:config (with a colon) ......

''cyra [[#answer-1205834|said]]'' <blockquote> I don't get that screen - please look at my screenshot. Silent print avenue (about.config) takes me to "Hmm. We’re having trouble finding that site". </blockquote> That's because you typed '''about.config''' (with a dot) instead of '''about:config''' (with a colon) ......
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Hi cyra, two things.

First, the Print dialog should appear when you use the Print... button at the upper left of that preview screen.

Second, if that is a PDF, I suggest opening it in your regular PDF viewer for printing, since Firefox's PDF viewer doesn't always give you a pixel-perfect rendition of PDFs. You can use the download button on the PDF Viewer's black toolbar for that (for example):

Hi cyra, two things. First, the Print dialog should appear when you use the Print... button at the upper left of that preview screen. Second, if that is a PDF, I suggest opening it in your regular PDF viewer for printing, since Firefox's PDF viewer doesn't always give you a pixel-perfect rendition of PDFs. You can use the download button on the PDF Viewer's black toolbar for that (for example): <img src="https://prod-cdn.sumo.mozilla.net/uploads/images/2019-03-17-11-34-43-1d123a.png" width="500">
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Thank you. Yes a colonnmakes all the difference. Thank you. Print.always_printer_silent is not a line item

Thank you. Yes a colonnmakes all the difference. Thank you. Print.always_printer_silent is not a line item
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Thsnk you. No such icon. Print and save page as only appear on drop down

Thsnk you. No such icon. Print and save page as only appear on drop down
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No such icon. Print and save page as only appear on drop down

Okay, sounds like it is not a PDF. Try the Print... button at the upper left of the Preview screen.

''cyra [[#answer-1205855|said]]'' <blockquote> No such icon. Print and save page as only appear on drop down </blockquote> Okay, sounds like it is not a PDF. Try the Print... button at the upper left of the Preview screen.
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