Default printer is A4, A3 printers then default to A4

Posted on 2009-04-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
We have a number of network printers setup. Some of these are different driver setups for the same printer (Sharp MX-3500) with custom B&W and Colur settings as well as page sizes.

This means that there are 4 printers setup on a W2003 Server:
MX3500 A4 B&W
MX3500 A3 B&W
MX3500 A4 Colour
MX3500 A3 Colour

The client computers are connected to these and if you print test pages they all work as per the description. All of these printers use exactly the same driver.

The MX3500 A4 B&W printer is the default in Windows. The issue appears when you then choose to open a document that is saved as A3 size (PDF, ArchiCAD, Word, etc...) and then try to print. The print dialog opens on the default A4 printer, but then when you select one of the two A3 printers, it leaves all of the settings as A4. This means you then have to manually update the required print settings to A3 (defeating the purpose of having an A3 printer setup).

The reverse is also true, so if you set one of the A3 printers as the default in Windows then the settings remain as A3 if you change to an A4 printer.

Any guidance on how to set this so that it automatically prints to A4 or A3 based on the printer selection without manual interventioan would be greatly received.
Question by:riverbank
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    In the printers folder, right click the printer, select "properties",  "advanced" tab, then select "printing defaults".
    Setting the correct size here should be reflected when you select the printer in the application print dialogue..

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