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Specifying a default printer and paper options (Windows)
FileMaker Pro initially uses the Windows default printer and paper options as its default, but you can specify a different default printer and paper options to be used when you print in FileMaker Pro. The Windows default printer and the FileMaker Pro default printer are independent. If you change one default, it doesn’t affect the other.
The default printer that you choose for FileMaker Pro is an application setting; all files that you print with FileMaker Pro will print to this printer unless you choose a different one.
The paper and orientation options that you choose are file-specific settings. You can choose different paper and orientation options for each FileMaker Pro file.
To specify a default printer and paper options:
1. With a database file open, choose File menu > Print Setup.
In Preview mode, you can also click Print Setup in the status toolbar.
The Print Setup dialog box appears.
2. In the Printer area, choose a printer and (if necessary), set its properties.
The printer you choose and its properties becomes the default printer for FileMaker Pro.
3. Set other options that you want for Paper and Orientation.
These paper and orientation options will be saved with the current file and will be used when you print any layout in this file.
4. Click OK.
When you print from FileMaker Pro, the Print dialog box also contains a Printer area where you can choose a different printer. If you choose a different printer in the Print dialog box, the FileMaker Pro default printer is reset to that printer.
If you regularly print a particular layout to a different printer or with different paper options — for example, to print labels or print on a preprinted form — you may want to create a script that prints the layout for you. This script could contain Print Setup and Print script steps that would store and recall the particular printer and paper options that you want. See Automating tasks with scripts, Print Setup script step, and Print script step.