Turn off HP LaserJet Printer Print to File option in Win 8

October 19, 2014 at 05:56:05
Specs: Windows 8.1
My HP M225dn printer always defaults to 'Print to File', and I have to go into 'Advanced' and turn it off. I can't find where I can change this default setting.

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#1
October 19, 2014 at 07:15:10
It appears that your printer is not the default. I don't use Win8 but in Win7, all you'd have to do is go to Start > Devices & Printers, find the printer on the list, right click on it, then select "Set as default printer"

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#2
October 19, 2014 at 07:19:52
Where exactly are you printing from (what program)?

Do you see a menu like this come up:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...

Not sure why you have to go into 'Advanced', unless you are printing from a program that has it's own Print menu...

So you've tried this:

http://bit.ly/1nvJOoU

But it keeps reverting to having the option checked?

Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling the device drivers?

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#3
October 19, 2014 at 09:29:26
This shows how to set default:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/...

Another way into "Devices and Printers" is to right click the windows icon bottom left of task bar then find it in "Control Panel"

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#4
October 19, 2014 at 16:25:17
Tap the Windows button and begin typing: Devices and printers
The options of the search will show on the right side
Select this and right click on your printer and select 'set as default'
THEN: go to the program that you print from most often and use the File/Print and before OK'ing it look to what printer is chosen. If it is not your default printer or the 'print to file' box is checked, fix this and print anything. This will set what the program will do for printing the next time.
We have a number of Windows 8.1 machines at work and a few of them are used by numerous sales people, one of them occasionally this happens to and just selecting the correct printer within the program (browser, office, etc) print screen fixes the problem until it happens again. We do not know if it is one person making this happen or if it is the one machine that happens to change itself, but it does not happen on other machines.

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#5
October 20, 2014 at 11:55:02
It isn't a question of the default printer (that is working fine), but a question of the default setting for that printer that is set to 'Print to File'.

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#6
October 20, 2014 at 13:19:08
Where are you seeing this setting, here?
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/...
I think it is quite an old feature which should only apply in the case of certain programs.

One possible solution is to unplug the printer signal cable, then uninstall the printer software including driver. Restart the computer and let Windows 8.1 find the printer instead and install a driver. This is what I did from day 1 on Win 8 and I was delighted with the simplicity and ease of use compared to when the same printer was on XP with all the CD software installed.

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#7
October 21, 2014 at 16:59:54
I have the printer set as the default, but when I try to print something from a web page, the correct printer comes up, but there is an option set to 'Print to File'. I can see it when I click on the Advanced tab on the print dialog box.
But I can't find any way to set the default for this option to 'Off'.

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#8
October 21, 2014 at 17:02:16
This isn't a design jet, so I don't see those menus at all.
This only seems to happen when I am printing something from a web page. Perhaps there is some kind of setting in my browser. I'll try looking there.

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#9
October 21, 2014 at 17:18:36
I have the correct printer set as the default. The problem is that for some reason when I print something from a web site, there is an option set 'Print to File', and I can't figure out where it gets turned on. I can turn it off every time, but it is an extra three clicks, and gets annoying.

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#10
October 21, 2014 at 17:20:42
Yes, I understand that but I wondered if you used the inbuilt Windows driver, as per my #6, then the "print to file" option would not be there and it would stop the option coming into play. The inbuilt Win 8.1 drivers might be more compatible than any driver disk you originally used.

You could go to Control Panel > Devices and Printers > your printer > Printer Management > Display Printer Properties > Advanced tab. If the same option is there unchecking it from that path instead might be more global and "stick" after you Apply/OK your way out. The exact path might be a little different depending on your printer.

The only other thing I can think of is to uninstall the drivers then get the latest from HP (if available for Win 8.1). I agree of-course that "print to file" should not be the default.

Did this issue just suddenly come along or was it when you first used the printer on Win 8 or Win 8.1?

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#11
October 21, 2014 at 18:39:32
It is probably your browser or its settings if it only happens there. It should repeat as you set it last when just printing.
Try File>Print Set Up and see if there is an option there.
Try printing from another browser (Firefox, Chrome, IE, etc.) and see what happens.

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#12
October 21, 2014 at 18:48:17
Err..yes, I missed the magic words "web site". Good point Fingers - it could make all the difference.

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