print settings - edit header and footer
i'm using FF (version 98 at the moment) to print local files. It is key to me to edit header and footer for each print! the only solution i found so far to edit them at all, is to go to about:config and for example search for print.print_headerleft. Besides that is not usable at all, it simply doesn't work! The header and footer remain the same. Please tell me how can i change header and footer?
If you delete the, in my opinion much better "page setup", why don't you include all it's funktions in the new print dialog?
another problem is the size of the new print preview! it's much to small! make it resizeable please.
Or just give us back the "page setup". That would be a big advantage over chrome and edge, which suffer the same printing problems.
I saw the FF 99 update. I installed it, but no change. Header is still not editable. I attached a screenshot of the settings i've changed in about:config. They doesn't appear in the print preview.
Hi, sorry for the delayed response. There are individual printer settings that override that general setting. Here's my complete explainer from a past thread:
Left, Center, and Right Header and Footer Preferences
Headers and Footers are split into three parts each of which can contain free-form text and placeholders that Firefox replaces with values computed at print time. The placeholders are:
- Title => &T (placed in Header-Left by default)
- URL => &U (placed in Header-Right by default)
- Page number of total (x of y) => &PT (placed in Footer-Left by default)
- Page number (x) => &P
- Date/Time => &D (placed in Footer-Right by default)
Here is how you can update your header and footer content for particular printers or all printers:
(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button accepting the risk.
(2) In the search box in the page, type or paste print_h and pause while the list is filtered -- you'll see something like the the following (the exact number of custom preferences depends on how many different printers you have used):
The following three preferences are the default, but any printer-specific value overrides them, allowing you to customize individual printers:
To edit a default setting, double-click in the implicit second column (wide area to the right of the preference names before the pencil button) or click the edit button. After making changes, press Enter to save your change, or click the blue checkmark button.
To modify a setting for a particular printer (for example, print.printer_Mozilla_Save_to_PDF.print_headerleft), you have two choices:
(A) To have Firefox use the default setting, delete the current custom setting using the trash can at the right end of the row for the custom setting.
(B) Edit the custom setting as desired.
(3) In the search box in the page, type or paste print_f and pause while the list is filtered
As with headers, the following three preferences are the default, but any printer-specific value overrides them, allowing you to customize individual printers:
Edits work the same way for footers as they do for headers.
thanks for your reply. Better late than never! :-)
I think i can work with your improvised solution.
But is that realy the way you want your users to work with FF? Why you don't add the settings for headers and footers in the printer dialog?
Well, if it was up to me... they would. I do think they are worried that it's already a little cluttered in the More Settings area, but there should be room for a button for editing headers and footers in my opinion. (I live with a lot of clutter.)
You're right! A tiny little button that opens a dialog to change header and footer is all we need! Let's cross fingers the "Design Team" is a bit bored and starts reading here ... :-)
Thanks again jscher2000, have a nice week!
jscher2000, thank you so much for posting these instructions at least 3 times. I had been struggling with the "print using system dialog" on my mac for what felt like several months. That system dialog box used to save my header and footer settings, but suddenly I had to checkmark the boxes every time I printed. Maddening.
Your fix was so easy, and I wish I had searched for it earlier