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Specifying printer and paper options

FileMaker Pro Advanced prints to the default printer unless you choose a different printer when you print in FileMaker Pro Advanced. You can specify different paper and orientation options for each FileMaker Pro Advanced file.

To specify printer and paper options:

1. With a file open, choose File menu > Page Setup.

In Preview mode, you can also click Print Setup (Windows) or Page Setup (macOS) in the status toolbar.

2. Choose a printer:

Windows: 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 Advanced.

macOS: For Format for, select Any Printer or choose a specific printer. In most cases, leave Any Printer selected. Choose a specific printer only if you use it exclusively to print your documents.

3. Set other options that you want for Paper and Orientation (Windows) or Paper Size, Orientation, and Scale (macOS).

These options are saved with the current file and are used when you print any layout in this file.

4. Click OK.


Choosing a different printer sets the default used by FileMaker Pro Advanced for subsequent printing operations (unless a script step is defined to use a particular 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.