IE7 default paper size

May 8, 2009 at 05:38:49
Specs: Windows 2003 32bit, Athlon xp x2 64 5600 / 2gb
Does anyone know how to make Ie7 default to a certain paper type?

Here is the issue, at work I have moved a networked printer from a secondary pc, to the main server that is also used as a work station, it is used primarily for printing A4 documents both locally and over the network but also is used for printing electronic con notes, therein lies the problem, the con notes are only slightly larger than A4(about 5mm longer) but print just outside the allowable print margins of A4 (quite unnecessarily I might add, just to have a the date printed right at the bottom, but I will spare the rant...). So I must specify legal paper.

I have set this up but only one issue remains, IE takes the default paper from the printer settings, as do other programs. Selecting legal from page setup works but doesn't stick. I could change the default paper to legal system wide, but then I'm left with the same problem in reverse.

I have already tried a registry edit for "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings" using a dword "PaperSize" with a value of 5, but it didn't work.

I have also though of adding the same printer twice and trying to get IE to default to the second instance, but this is more difficult because the printer it local, and windows doesn't seem to like having the same local printer setup twice.

The printer is a HP 2420n laser printer.

Any suggestions?

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May 8, 2009 at 05:45:39
I am not sure about this but I think if you print from the File> print option instead of the keyboard shortcut it will stick on what you set.

Another option may be to set the scaling at something less than 100% so you CAN print to letter size.

So you are saying that even if you go to File> print, and set to use legal size paper the setting is not saved?

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May 8, 2009 at 05:54:07
Unfortunately scaling won't do the trick nor will file>print as the website used for the consignment notes is scripted with a "print" button.

I have to go to file>page setup and select legal paper for every session. What I mean by "doesn't stick" is that I must do this every time I close and reopen IE, which is a real pain. After I have selected legal it will print fine until IE is closed.

What I mean about the print button is that the web page itself isn't printed, but a document contained within the website(I think it is a webpage contained within a webpage).

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May 8, 2009 at 05:59:35
Possibly a dumb question but are you clicking OK and then Apply on the next box after setting to legal size portrait?

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May 8, 2009 at 06:03:05
There is no apply button, only ok or cancel.

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May 8, 2009 at 06:09:44
There IS an apply button.

Go file> print> preferences. Make your changes then click OK.

At that time you should see a box with all available printers on it. The printer in question should be highlighted. There is an Apply button on that box.

Possible that the box is minimized in the tray. I just tested on this system and that is what I see.

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May 8, 2009 at 06:21:13
I am well aware I can set legal as the default paper system wide, using the printing preferences does just that, which screws with all of the other documents that need to be printed A4. Which leaves me in the same position but with different programs and paper size.

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May 8, 2009 at 06:53:34
You know what I am going to make a complete fool of myself(nothing new there) and say OtheHill I think your exactly right.

I was assuming that it was system wide because it looks exactly the same, I'm sure that I tried it, but I was frantically trying to fix my mistake under the pressure of my co-workers glances (whilst being on-the-clock) and just to add to it this thing hardly gets five minutes to itself.

Anyway I'll give it another shot, it doesn't work with my home printer(it's a cheap cannon), but I'll give it another go.

If anyone has any "Plan bs" I'd like to hear them.

Sorry for coming off snappy, kind not used to asking for help(google is my friend...).

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May 8, 2009 at 07:00:33
Resist the pressure it can snap you - tell your coworkder to bug off in a nice way :-)


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May 8, 2009 at 07:05:30
It's a family owned business (I'm not one of the family, but most of my co-workers are) so pissing them off means looking for a new job. They are generally quite good about it though......

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May 8, 2009 at 07:16:00
I don't THINK the file> print setting in IE7 is a global setting. But, as I said above I am not sure.

I have noticed that IE will sometimes automatically use other than default printer settings without any user intervention. One of those mysteries that you don't feel like wasting the effort on, normally.

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May 8, 2009 at 07:38:11
From the testing I've been doing with my home printer the exact same thing seem to be happening, the setting aren't global but they don't seem to be saved either.....

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May 11, 2009 at 00:07:27
Thanks to everyone for the help, it didn't work out because IE always seems to revert back to the default printer properties regardless, even using the printer properties. It does the same on my home machine....

Anyway I'm going to try other avenues....

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May 11, 2009 at 04:19:15
Sorry we couldn't be of more help.

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May 11, 2009 at 20:18:52
I'm happy to report I have resolved the issue.

IE would not set the bottom print margin to anything less that 5.08mm via the page setup menu, it would automatically revert to this number if something smaller was entered. Changing the margins in the registry (hkey_users\<user hive>\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\PageSetup\margin_bottom) stuck for smaller margins.

So now it works as it should as it should, printed as A4.

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