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How do I change the default printer used?


How do I permanently change the default printer Firefox uses. I have 3.6.6 and have read that the was fixed and the solution was to select the printer you want to be default and it will be default until you select another printer. It doesn't work for me, I had to change via about:config.

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

== I changed the printer to print a special job.

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It appears that Firefox is missing this feature so here's how to do it manually:
* In the address field type "about:config"
* In Filter field type "print"
* Double click on print.printer_printer
* This will show you the current default printer. Change this for the one that you would like to use as the default.

sunk818 0 solutions 6 answers

I have this problem too. The print I last selected doesn't stay changed either.

Here is what I've noticed:

1) If I change the printer after a pop-up screen brings up the print feature, the printer is not changed.

2) If I go to print a page (say the Google home page) via File Print and change the printer, the printer and settings are saved once I print a page.

This leads me to conclude that changing printer settings on a popup automated print screen does not save.

Modified by sunk818

dariansdad 0 solutions 1 answers

Open a new tab or page and type in the url bar "about:config" (do not type the quotes - they are there to indicate what you should type)

A warning message will appear because this is a very important file you are editing. PLEASE BE CAREFUL.

Then in the search bar type "print"

Look down the list and find "print_printer". Double-click that entry.

Change the highlighted field to the name of the printer you desire. Click "OK" and then close the "about:config" tab. Now your printer will be the default. Try it now.

NOTE: This works best if you enter the name of the printer as exactly as you can. The name of the printer is what you see in the choices in the pull down menu when you choose a printer in the print dialog box.

Good Luck!

Modified by dariansdad