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Chapter 6. Printer, Fax, and Font Manage... > Setting Printing System Preferences

Setting Printing System Preferences

The printers that are available to the system are one type of printing preference, but there are also printer-specific preferences, and specialty CUPS preferences that can be imposed on printing as well. You are almost certainly already familiar with configuring per-print-job setting regarding things like the number of copies to be printed, or, if you have a printer that can print on both sides of a page, whether to use this feature for a particular print job. Surprisingly, many users don't realize that the settings that they choose for a print job can be configured to be the default settings for all documents printed from an application, or, with some care, for the printer in general. This lack of recognition hasn't been helped by Apple's choice of hiding the ability to save printer preferences under the enigmatic printing dialog pop-up menu labeled Presets. It's even further obscured in Tiger, by a redesign of the Printing dialog itself, so as to eliminate the preference saving option entirely from the Standard dialog, and to make it available only under the Advanced version of the Printing dialog.

Nonetheless, forewarned is forearmed, and once you know how to get to the option to save your print job preferences, creating, and reusing printer settings is a simple task.


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