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Page setup in Safari is always 80% landscape

by fosterpapillon / December 3, 2011 4:19 PM PST

When I print from Safari, Mail or AddressBook, the print dialog always shows landscape at 80%, no matter whether I choose Last Used or Standard in the Presets box. I always change it to 100% portrait but it won't stick.

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Find an app that has a Page Setup selection under File
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 3, 2011 11:24 PM PST

Text Edit will do.

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Many thanks
by fosterpapillon / December 4, 2011 5:56 AM PST

Great - Seashore also has a Make Default option in the Settings box. Life will now be much less stressful Happy

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Can't you just use Safari settings?
by macnerd10 / December 4, 2011 9:10 AM PST
In reply to: Many thanks

Hit Print... under File and then click on "show details". You will then see the full dialog box with page setup. I am sure it will remember new settings you input.

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Safari won't do it.
by fosterpapillon / December 4, 2011 11:50 AM PST

There's no Settings option in the Safari print dialog box I get with my Brother printer and there is no way to change the default.

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This is strange...
by macnerd10 / December 4, 2011 5:23 PM PST
In reply to: Safari won't do it.

I don't think this print dialog box depends on the printer. I have the same on two different computers, one connected to an HP printer, the other with no printer at all. Show details button brings the page setup window. This is apparently OS-native window. I am using the latest Safari (5.1.2) under Lion. I doubt that Snow Leopard would have it differently. If you really don't see this option, maybe it's time to do some maintenance, like repairing permissions, cleaning caches, etc.
BTW, it is not Settings option, it is "show details".

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It's called something different in Safari,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 4, 2011 8:53 PM PST
In reply to: This is strange...

although it serves the same function.
Safari calls them Presets and gives you the ability to save them.

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by macnerd10 / December 5, 2011 2:09 AM PST

But the OP could not even get the show details window with page setup, which I find unusual. On top there are presets indeed, and print settings can be saved.

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there are two versions of the print dialog
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 5, 2011 5:30 AM PST
In reply to: Correct!

the "long" version which has all the bells and whistles and the "short" version which does not show much except Print.

Maybe the OP is on the short version


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Not in my print dialog
by fosterpapillon / December 5, 2011 6:01 AM PST

In the Presets box I can save a non-standard setting but, if I subsequently choose it, it makes no difference - the page still prints at the default (now 100% portrait). I have to set the Orientation and Scale manually every time. This is not a problem - my real concern was to establish the right default.

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just a suggestion
by macnerd10 / December 5, 2011 10:06 AM PST
In reply to: Not in my print dialog

If not happy with Safari, you can try Firefox, for instance. It has page setup menu under file and is otherwise at least as good as Safari. The new install can import your Safari bookmarks.

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Not happy with Firefox
by fosterpapillon / December 5, 2011 11:05 AM PST
In reply to: just a suggestion

I guess I'm too conservative - I've tried Firefox a few times but I always come back to Safari - it's comfortable like a pair of old slippers.

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