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I have a 250 page document that my users access on a regular basis on our network.  Usually they only want to print a single page from the document at a time.  However, by default if you hit the print button in Acrobat Reader it defaults to ALL pages.  Is there any way to change this default setting or possibly create a new button for printing the current page only.  On several occasions making this change was overlooked and we ended up with 250 pages printed.

Thanks!
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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Yes, you can add an application level JavaScript that adds a menu item to print just the current page. Are you familiar with Acrobat JavaScript?
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BTW: If you have a thumbnail selection, the print dialog will default to "print selected pages". So if you first select the current page in the Reader's Pages tab, only this page will be printed (if you don't select anything different).
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I don't know about Javascript apps for Acrobat.  Do you have any idea where I can find information on this?
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The ultimate document about Acrobat's JavaScript is this: http://partners.adobe.com/asn/acrobat/sdk/public/docs/AcroJS.pdf

If you can wait a few days (after the weekend), I'll try to come up with something that will print just the current page to the default printer.
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That would be great.  I appreciate your help!
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Save the following JavaScript into a file:

function printCurrentPage()
{
    this.print(true, this.pageNum, this.pageNum, false);
}


function initializePrintPage()
{
    // add the menu item
    app.addMenuItem({
    cName: "JSReceivePageMenu",
    cUser: "Print Current Page",
    cParent: "File",
    cExec: "printCurrentPage()",
    cEnable: "event.rc = (event.target != null);",
    nPos: -1,
    });
}


initializePrintPage();

// end of JavaScript

Copy this file as e.g. PrintCurrentPage.js into the directory  C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader\Javascripts
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Ok, I put this in there.  How do I execute the Javascript from within Acrobat now?  thanks for your help!
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Karl Heinz Kremer earned 250 total points
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Sorry, should have mentioned this in my comment: The script will add a new menu item under the "File" menu. Use this to print just the current page.
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