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Making the default printer, the true default

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by PRR, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. PRR

    PRR Flightless Bird

    I have an HP that is set in XP as the default printer; I also often
    save a doc as a PDF, which means using the print function and
    selecting CutePDF as my "printer."

    Is there any way of getting XP to recognize the HP as my default
    printer every time? I find that after selecting CutePDF to "print" a
    page (in reality, it doesn't print, but just gets saved as a PDF),
    that the next time I do a quick print in MS Word, that Windows thinks
    I want to save as PDF again, and I have to click out of that dialog
    and find the HP printer. How can I get Windows to always think that I
    want to print to my HP, unless I explicitly tell it otherwise for each
    job?
     
  2. Don Phillipson

    Don Phillipson Flightless Bird

    "PRR" <psaulm119@aim.com> wrote in message
    news:66aad0cf-cf1a-4dda-a2f0-a8bb6572a34c@z10g2000prh.googlegroups.com...

    > Is there any way of getting XP to recognize the HP as my default
    > printer every time? I find that after selecting CutePDF to "print" a
    > page (in reality, it doesn't print, but just gets saved as a PDF),
    > that the next time I do a quick print in MS Word, that Windows thinks
    > I want to save as PDF again, and I have to click out of that dialog
    > and find the HP printer. How can I get Windows to always think that I
    > want to print to my HP, unless I explicitly tell it otherwise for each

    job?

    Windows / Printers has a setting for "Default Printer," to which only
    one print output may be set. If your HP is already marked as the
    Default Printer, it is worth uninstalling it and reinstalling it (as
    Default Printer) in case this solves your problem -- which may be
    caused by unprogrammed interactions between MS Word and
    CutePDF. If it does not cure the problem, you might look for a
    diifferent PDF writer.

    --
    Don Phillipson
    Carlsbad Springs
    (Ottawa, Canada)
     
  3. Lem

    Lem Flightless Bird

    PRR wrote:
    > I have an HP that is set in XP as the default printer; I also often
    > save a doc as a PDF, which means using the print function and
    > selecting CutePDF as my "printer."
    >
    > Is there any way of getting XP to recognize the HP as my default
    > printer every time? I find that after selecting CutePDF to "print" a
    > page (in reality, it doesn't print, but just gets saved as a PDF),
    > that the next time I do a quick print in MS Word, that Windows thinks
    > I want to save as PDF again, and I have to click out of that dialog
    > and find the HP printer. How can I get Windows to always think that I
    > want to print to my HP, unless I explicitly tell it otherwise for each
    > job?


    AFAIK, no. It's a function of the application from which you're
    "printing," in this case, Word. However ... you can create an icon that
    will print to a specific printer: http://www.gmayor.com/fax_from_word.htm

    Note that the author of that site, Graham Mayor, is very knowledgeable
    about Word. However, his statement that "Word will normally print to the
    default Windows printer, though you can set an alternative 'active
    printer' which will remain the printer Word prints to for the current
    session, or until changed to another" is contrary to both my experience
    with Word 2003 and, apparently, your experience with whatever version of
    Word you have.

    If this doesn't work for your version of Word, or if you have further
    related questions, try posting in the Word general questions group:
    microsoft.public.word.docmanagement
    --
    Lem

    Apollo 11 - 40 years ago:
    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/40th/index.html
     
  4. PRR

    PRR Flightless Bird

    Graham's macro takes almost 30 seconds to start printing--and this is
    when the target printer is still the default one. That's a bit too
    much time, as I can go the regular route sooner than that. Thanks
    anyways.

    On Jan 30, 11:23 am, Lem <lemp40@unknownhost> wrote:
    > PRR wrote:
    > > I have an HP that is set in XP as the default printer; I also often
    > > save a doc as a PDF, which means using the print function and
    > > selecting CutePDF as my "printer."

    >
    > > Is there any way of getting XP to recognize the HP as my default
    > > printer every time? I find that after selecting CutePDF to "print" a
    > > page (in reality, it doesn't print, but just gets saved as a PDF),
    > > that the next time I do a quick print in MS Word, that Windows thinks
    > > I want to save as PDF again, and I have to click out of that dialog
    > > and find the HP printer.  How can I get Windows to always think that I
    > > want to print to my HP, unless I explicitly tell it otherwise for each
    > > job?

    >
    > AFAIK, no. It's a function of the application from which you're
    > "printing," in this case, Word. However ... you can create an icon that
    > will print to a specific printer:http://www.gmayor.com/fax_from_word.htm
    >
    > Note that the author of that site, Graham Mayor, is very knowledgeable
    > about Word. However, his statement that "Word will normally print to the
    > default Windows printer, though you can set an alternative 'active
    > printer' which will remain the printer Word prints to for the current
    > session, or until changed to another" is contrary to both my experience
    > with Word 2003 and, apparently, your experience with whatever version of
    > Word you have.
    >
    > If this doesn't work for your version of Word, or if you have further
    > related questions, try posting in the Word general questions group:
    > microsoft.public.word.docmanagement
    > --
    > Lem
    >
    > Apollo 11 - 40 years ago:http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/40th/index.html
     

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