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Setting A4 paper size for Epson printers System
I've read on MacOSXHints how to change the global setting for the paper size. However, on my Epson 760 this had no effect. This posting by Emma on the Discussions at Apple's website explained why:

The method for changing default paper size depends on what brand of printer you have. If you have an Epson printer, the default paper size depends on the model of printer. To change the default paper size for an Epson printer open the /Library/Printers/EPSON / folder then locate the plugin for your model printer. Control-click on the plugin and select "Show package contents". Then open /Contents/Resources/English.lproj/Localizable.strings in TextEdit.

You will see a line in this file that says "DefaultPaperSize" = "na-letter";
Change it to "DefaultPaperSize" = "iso-a4";
Save your changes.

HP printers use the system-wide default paper size which depends on your language. If your first system language is English, your system-wide default paper size is US letter. (Blame Apple for this, not HP - the whole idea of basing default paper size on language is ridiculous).

To change the default paper size for an HP printer, take the following steps:

Log in as root
Open the following file with TextEdit: /System -> Library -> Frameworks -> ApplicationServices.framework -> Versions -> A -> Frameworks -> PrintCore.framework -> Versions -> A -> Resources -> English.lproj -> Localizable.strings
The last line will say "DefaultPaperSize" = "na-letter";
Change it to say "DefaultPaperSize" = "iso-a4";
Save your changes.

Hope this helps some other Epson owners.
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Default paper size on Canon Printers
Authored by: westont on Nov 26, '01 02:11:49AM

This method for setting the default paper size on Epson printers is also applicable for Canon Inkjet printers as well.

In this case open the /Library/Printers/Canon/BJPrinter/PMs folder and locate the plugin for your printer model. Control-click on the plugin and choose "Show Package Contents".

Open /Contents/Resources/English.lproj/Localizable.strings in TextEdit and change the line that reads "DefaultPaperSize" = "na-letter" to "DefaultPaperSize" = "iso-a4". Once you save the changes the new setting is effective the next time you use the printer.

Note: You will probably need Admin or root access to be able to save the changes.



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