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Printer using system dialog box

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Apparently Mozilla did an update and not it defaults to it's own printer dialog box. I hate it. There is a link to use the system print dialog box but it only works for that specific print job. I can't find a setting to force Firefox to always use the system printer dialog box. Anyone know how to fix this? It's enough to make me stop using the browser becasue thr Firefox dialog box sucks.

Isisombululo esikhethiwe

Currently there is a preference to switch back to the old style:

(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 tab_mo and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click the print.tab_modal.enabled preference to switch the value from true to false (you can ignore the other preferences)

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contact409 said

Apparently Mozilla did an update and now it defaults to it's own printer dialog box. I hate it. There is a link to use the system print dialog box but it only works for that specific print job. I can't find a setting to force Firefox to always use the system printer dialog box. Anyone know how to fix this? It's enough to make me stop using the browser becasue thr Firefox dialog box sucks.

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Isisombululo Esikhethiwe

Currently there is a preference to switch back to the old style:

(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 tab_mo and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click the print.tab_modal.enabled preference to switch the value from true to false (you can ignore the other preferences)

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jscher2000 said

Currently there is a preference to switch back to the old style: (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 tab_mo and pause while the list is filtered (3) Double-click the print.tab_modal.enabled preference to switch the value from true to false (you can ignore the other preferences)

Bless you! Thanks very much!

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Bless you! Thanks very much!

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Thanks for this solution it works. Please Firefox put it back, I use it all the time in the main because I might not be wanting to print all the pages AND/OR because I want to utilise Simplify Page.

Is there a way to access Simpify Page when using the new Firefox print?

BUT really Firefox, you are becoming more and more like Chrome and I hate their iinterface!

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jesjaspers said

Is there a way to access Simpify Page when using the new Firefox print?

Currently, there is not. It is on the wish list for a future update.

You can streamline your page view and printout using the Reader View. Since it is more widely spaced for reading, you may need to adjust the line spacing and text size before printing. Here are a couple of screenshots:

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jscher2000 said

Currently there is a preference to switch back to the old style: (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 tab_mo and pause while the list is filtered (3) Double-click the print.tab_modal.enabled preference to switch the value from true to false (you can ignore the other preferences)

Thank you for this solution (above), it worked for me.

To Mozilla - please change the default back. To provide context for why it's so problematic for me specifically: I print two-sided to save paper. The default in the Mozilla dialog is to print two-sided with the "flip-up" orientation not the much more commonly used "flip-over" orientation. There was no way to change this without opening the printer's dialog box which I had to do with every job, adding multiple steps to every single print job. Now that I have used the solution here to revert to the printer's dialog box, each job initiates using the printer's default settings (print two sided in flip-over orientation) and I don't have to change ANY settings on a per-job basis.

I wouldn't mind the Mozilla dialog so much in place of the printer dialog if I had the ability to change the default settings so that I wasn't forced to make changes to every single print job. But the Mozilla dialog didn't seem to offer that option.

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jessica.l.jones said

I print two-sided to save paper. The default in the Mozilla dialog is to print two-sided with the "flip-up" orientation not the much more commonly used "flip-over" orientation. There was no way to change this without opening the printer's dialog box which I had to do with every job, adding multiple steps to every single print job. Now that I have used the solution here to revert to the printer's dialog box, each job initiates using the printer's default settings (print two sided in flip-over orientation) and I don't have to change ANY settings on a per-job basis.

Sorry about that! Firefox may have stored the wrong binding setting and the solution to fix it is a little obscure. To fix it manually:

(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 duplex and pause while the list is filtered

Firefox should list the print_duplex value for each printer. Printers you have not yet used in the new print experience will have a weird number that is not on this list:

  • 0 => print single-sided
  • 1 => print double-sided, with long-edge (portrait mode left-right) binding
  • 2 => print double-sided, with short-edge (portrait mode top-bottom) binding

To edit a value, double-click the current value to display an editing field. Change it as you wish, then press Enter or click the blue check mark button to save the change.

Does the correction from 2 to 1 work and does it stick?

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