wordpad default paper size

November 16, 2019 at 09:23:35
Specs: Windows 7, 8GB
Both in Windows 7 and 10 there is this property in Wordpad that lets you choose the "paper size" (in Page Setup), and my question is this:

This constantly is set to "Letter", and also sometimes to "A4"
As you know, "Letter" is the standard in US, while "A4" is the standard in most of Europe.

The thing is that - when opening a new file - you can find the setting to "Letter" in some cases, and to "A4" in other case. It's been hundred, possibly thousand of time I have set it from Letter to A4.

So, it would be handy if it would be set correctly, always. What happens is this: the default settings for Orientation is portrait, and every time I need to have it landscape, I end up in the same screen where I can switch the Type to A4.

But if I don't need to change the Orientation, the Paper Type remains set to the default ( Letter ) and is saved as such.

So, how do you set this correctly, if not through the Region setting of Windows, because that is set to Europe already.

Thanks


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#1
November 16, 2019 at 10:45:55
Try changing the paper size at the Printer, not in Wordpad.

On the Start Menu, select Devices and Printers
Select your Default Printer and Right Click
Select Printing Preferences from the drop down menu
Change the Document Size to A4

MIKE

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#2
November 17, 2019 at 05:26:23
> Try changing the paper size at the Printer, not in Wordpad.
>
> On the Start Menu, select Devices and Printers
> Select your Default Printer and Right Click
> Select Printing Preferences from the drop down menu
> Change the Document Size to A4
>

It is already set to "A4" in the :
- Quick Setup-tab, Printer Paper Size
- Page Setup-tab, Page Size

This is my default printer, but I indeed sometimes use another one. That one is a corporate one, I can have a check on that one as well

I think the issue is Windows related though


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#3
November 17, 2019 at 08:28:20
Also check settings on the printer(s), as often they can be set incorrectly and override settings in applications..

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#4
November 17, 2019 at 10:11:26
What make of printers are you using?

In my Epson I have both Printer Preferences and Printer Properties
Under Printer Properties, the Advanced Tab, they have Printing Defaults
and you can set the paper size here as well as in the Printer Preferences section.
Not sure which one take precedence.

MIKE

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#5
November 17, 2019 at 12:33:34
MY default printer is a Canon

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#6
November 17, 2019 at 12:55:32
And the canon model is...?

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#7
November 17, 2019 at 13:29:33
MG6800 series
It's a printer/scanner thing

I am pretty sure the issue also occurs on machines that are not connected to this printer.
Let me have that check


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#8
November 17, 2019 at 14:16:01
So, how do you set this correctly, if not through the Region setting of Windows, because that is set to Europe already.

This article might help:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...

MIKE

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#9
November 17, 2019 at 14:52:47
My own general experience is that most printer drivers installed for N.America, UK, Europe set the default to US paper sizes. There are usually options on the printer menus physically on the printer itself allow paper selection. And then there are the two locations referred to by Michael above.

On my tres elderly Epson laser (vintage 1995) there is such a menu setting as above. This can on occasion override other software settings (as mentioned above by Michael). Similarly on my Canon pixma printers..

Regional setting for the operating system doesn’t usually (as best I know) come into paper sizes at all. It’s all done in the locations mentioned.


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#10
November 18, 2019 at 04:13:15
Can you create a read only template with the settings you need and open that template instead of the main application?

If that works, create one for each of the page setups that you use, aptly named.

And then there's this...

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us...

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#11
November 29, 2019 at 13:12:20
> And then there's this...
>
> https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us...
>

They should have some more quality checking on that site, the answer is crap.
But the question is good on itself, apart from the fact that MS can remember the setting, it just gets lost sometimes.

That site should be better if they had at least one real MS response of any value. I guess the answer is: yes, that happens & we don't know why.


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#12
November 29, 2019 at 19:12:47
The point of the answer (and the reason that I posted it) is that there might be a better option than the limited-featured Wordpad. Granted, there may be a reason why Wordpad is required, and if so, OpenOffice (or MS Office or LibreOffice or any of a number of other word processing apps) probably won't work.

What about my other suggestion: Creating a read only Wordpad template? I've never tried it, so I'm curious as to whether it would work for you or not.

Have you tried it?

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#13
November 29, 2019 at 21:06:41
the Region setting of Windows, because that is set to Europe already.

Here's a reg hack to reset the Wordpad defaults,
since the Regional settings are already set for Europe, it might work.
It's a YouTube video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SD...

MIKE

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#14
November 30, 2019 at 14:50:57
> The point of the answer (and the reason that I posted it) is that there might be a
> better option than the limited-featured Wordpad. Granted, there may be a
> reason why Wordpad is required, and if so, OpenOffice (or MS Office or
> LibreOffice or any of a number of other word processing apps) probably won't
> work.

This thread is not about Wordpad vs Word/..etc - It's not even about a "missing feature"


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#15
November 30, 2019 at 14:53:03
> What about my other suggestion: Creating a read only Wordpad template? I've
> never tried it, so I'm curious as to whether it would work for you or not.
>
> Have you tried it?
>

Yes I have, but I don't know if the issue is also present in that kind of usage


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#16
November 30, 2019 at 14:56:12
> Here's a reg hack to reset the Wordpad defaults,
> since the Regional settings are already set for Europe, it might work.
> It's a YouTube video.
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SD...

I'll have a test with that

edit: the option doesn't seem to be present by default in the registry, but the registry has this interesting section "options", with no options in it ... So, changing values is one thing, adding Registry keys is another

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#17
November 30, 2019 at 14:59:32
> My own general experience is that most printer drivers installed for N.America,
> UK, Europe set the default to US paper sizes. There are usually options on the
> printer menus physically on the printer itself allow paper selection. And then
> there are the two locations referred to by Michael above.

It might actually be, my printer is American :)

edit: My Canon printer is set to A4, on at least 2 computers using this printer

> Regional setting for the operating system doesn’t usually (as best I know)
> come into paper sizes at all. It’s all done in the locations mentioned.

I also don't recall that setting to be included in the Windows regional
settings. But by lack of any other context, the regional setup sounds related..

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#18
November 30, 2019 at 18:52:33
>> What about my other suggestion: Creating a read only Wordpad template? I've
>> never tried it, so I'm curious as to whether it would work for you or not.
>>
>> Have you tried it?
>>

> Yes I have, but I don't know if the issue is also present in that kind of usage

I don't understand. Either the template technique works by holding the setting when you save the document created after using the template or it doesn't.

How is it that you don't if the issue is present or not?


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#19
November 30, 2019 at 18:53:55
> This thread is not about Wordpad vs Word/..etc - It's not even about a "missing feature"

You are still missing my point, so we might as well move on from that item.

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