Changing Adobe Acrobat Reader's Default Printer Settings
Posted on 2004-04-30
We're in the process of implementing an Enterprisewide forms solution that will generate electronic forms, populate them with data, and then convert them to pDF's and deliver them to a website for our users. The problem is, the PDF's are multiple page sizes (letter and legal) and need to be duplexed. In order for them to print correctly, our users have to make six or seven different changes EVERY stinking time they open Acrobat reader to look at these forms. We are currently looking for a way to maintain these settings for the users, so that they do not have to make these changes repeatedly.
This is a tough one, and to score the points the solution must survive the PC being rebooted and still maintain the settings. The settings are listed below. We'll accept a solution that eliminates all but one of the settings (since our current environment requires the users to make one settings change everytime they print.) Additionally, we're looking for a solution that requires zero user interaction to make it work. We should be able to remote load this on the workstations and be done with any setting that the solution encompasses.
Here is the current process the user's have to go through to make this work - simplification is the key.
a. Open the print dialogue
b. make sure the following checkboxes are UNchecked:
i. Shrink oversize pages
ii. Expand small pages
c. click on properties - select Layout tab.
d. check "Flip on long edge"
e. still on the layout tab, click on the "advanced" button
f. set paper size to legal
g. close properties dialogue
h. from print dialogue (still open) click on "advanced" button
i. check "Choose output by PDF page size"
Ideally, we'd like to be able to set these in the registry, but we will look at any valid solution.
Greg K. Hazzard