Printer Preferences & Defaults

Dec 7, 2016
Printer Preferences & Defaults

Admin Default Settings
Printer preference changes made from Devices & Printers, becomes your system “Default”. If we select 3 copies as “Default”, then computer will print three copies for future print jobs. Consequently, our Default is probably always set to just One copy. Navigate as follows:
Start -> Devices & Printers -> Right Click Printer Icon -> Select preferences -> Select # Copies
Any other options selected here will become the new default settings and will be applicable
to new print jobs.

End User Settings
You can also select printer preferences from whatever application you may be using (WORD, Word Pad, Browser, etc) and select three copies. However this will be a one time selection for this one print job. The printer will then automatically revert back to Admin default setting of only one copy for the next print job. This is true for the other options selected in an application (i.e. black only or two sided print or portrait or landscape or whatever). These options or preferences override the Admin Defaults on one-time basis only.

Factory Default Settings
Printers also have Factory Defaults set & allow operators to select “Restore Factory Defaults”.
Start -> Devices & Printers -> Right Click Printer Icon -> Select preferences ->
Select Restore Factory Defaults Under Each Tab

So to sum it up:
1. We Have Print Job One-Time Settings (set by end user from whatever application)
2. We Have Administrator Default Settings (set by the administrator in Devices & Printers)
3. And We have Factory Default Settings.
Oct 31, 2017
This is all good info, but it doesn't address the grayed-out "Save" button in preferences involving the offered custom paper sizes

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