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printer options

Posted on 2011-02-26
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Is there a way to create a printer profile that will only print draft settings. I am trying to restrict print quality to draft and black and white by default to save on toner/ink.
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by:yelbaglf
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We actually had a similar problem.  What I did is create a logon script that adds the reg key where these values are stored.  So on a machine I set up the printers exactly how I wanted them, and then I exported the keys below.  Then I just added them to our logon script.  Now all users get the settings, regardless.  

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Printers\DevModePerUser
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Printers\DevModes2
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by:ruggerrick
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So setup the printer as intended on a user, export the indicated keys, then pass them to everyone wit the logon script?
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by:yelbaglf
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Exactly, those keys hold the 'Printing Preferences' from the general tab of the printer's properties menu.  The 'Printing Defaults' can be set server-side, and these changes will populate to the users.  But in cases where users accidentally or intentionally change 'Printing Preferences', these settings override the 'Printing Defaults' from the server, and they are HKCU settings.

So to remedy this, you can use the above registry keys to change the settings for each user's 'Printing Preferences'.
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by:ruggerrick
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can they override, i.e. layout in B&W then do a final in Color?
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They can change the settings back if the B&W or Color setting is an option under Printing Preferences of the particular driver being used, but then after a logoff and login, the settings will be reverted to how you want them since the reg keys will be copied over.  If they do change it, it only changes for that one user who made the change upon printing.  As far as 'locking' it permanently, you would have to have a printer capable of doing user security groups for different functions like color printing, or purchase a software suite, which is usually expensive.

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