Reset default print setting

March 16, 2010 at 06:00:41
Specs: Windows 7, 1.6GHz/768MB

Hi all. I have Word 2007. Printer Brother DCP-165C. It’s not a problem at all, but if I can make it work it would be nice coz sometime I do need it. So here is the story. The default ink setting in MS Word is grayscale, when I want to print in color I’ll just change it temporarily in Word and after Word restarts, the ink setting is reset to grayscale default. However if changed to color and print it, and after that I reprint the same document again without restarting Word, the ink settings would still be color. Is any chance (if any) I could make the ink setting reset after each prints. Without having to restart Word or do manual reset?. Thank u very much in advance.

(please excuse my grammar. saw some green line under the sentence while writing this :D)


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#1
March 16, 2010 at 06:42:55

One option is to "install" the printer twice, the first with the printer properties set to Grayscale and the second with the printer properties set to Color.

Now you can choose the "color" printer only when you need it and leave the grayscale one as the default.

That is what I do at home. My shared printer is installed on all 4 systems twice so everyone has a Grayscale default and an optional Color printer. This saves on color ink.

You can take it one step further and use a Macro attached to a button to print to the Color printer when required.

I use this to print to a cheap Brother printer in my office when I don't need the quality of the networked laser printer. It prints to the Brother and then resets the laser to Default. You could do something similar to print to your "two" printers.

(I removed the actual server and printer name)

Sub PrintBrother()
    ActivePrinter = "Brother HL-1440 series"
    Application.PrintOut FileName:="", Range:=wdPrintAllDocument, Item:= _
        wdPrintDocumentContent, Copies:=1, Pages:=""
     ActivePrinter = "\\server_name\printer_name"
End Sub


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#2
March 17, 2010 at 19:47:37

thanks for your time and info, can't wait to give it a try. :)

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