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10.4: Change the Print dialog's default page orientation System 10.4
Strangely, the default page orientation in all my apps seems to be landscape view. For most apps from which I print regularly, this is no problem as once I've changed the orientation it seems to stick. However, when printing from Preview, a new app, or an app that I don't use often, this quickly becomes irritating. System Preferences enables you to change the default page size, but not the page orientation.

To change the default page orientation for all apps, open the com.apple.print.PrintingPrefs.plist file located in ~/Library » Preferences. I have the Xcode Developer Tools installed, so the plist automatically opens in Property List Editor, which makes editing easy. However, it is also possible to use a plain text editor and change the "integer" value of the key identified below. The key you want to change is:
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  com.apple.print.PageFormat.PMOrientation
    com.apple.print.ticket.itemArray
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        com.apple.print.PageFormat.PMOrientation
For portrait, the value of this key should be 1, for landscape it should be 2, and I assume that for flipped landscape it should be 3, though I haven't tried it out.

[robg adds: My plist file only contains one key, and I have no access to a printer here in the hotel room, so I can't test this one...]
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10.4: Change the Print dialog's default page orientation
Authored by: rholbrook on Jun 15, '07 08:12:12AM
Or there's the easy way:
  1. Open Page Setup
  2. Change page orientation to portrait
  3. Choose "Save As Default" from the "Settings: Page Attributes" menu selection
:-)

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10.4: Change the Print dialog's default page orientation
Authored by: reidjazz on Jun 15, '07 10:02:08AM
Thank you...this has always been a thorn in my side.

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10.4: Change the Print dialog's default page orientation
Authored by: TimBonnici on Jun 15, '07 01:34:14PM

Rholbrook, I laughed when I saw your comment and then shed a tear. I can't tell you how long I've been irritated by having the wrong default. I'm pretty much against unnecessarily geeky solutions (as suggested by myself above) when the GUI provides a perfectly good answer and to think that it was there all along! In my defence, I do think that's it's a pretty random place to put the Save As Default option.



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10.4: Change the Print dialog's default page orientation
Authored by: rholbrook on Jun 15, '07 02:52:31PM

I have to agree about it not making sense. The Print dialog box also allows you to set defaults, but in a completely different manner (via the presets menu). It seems like there could at least be some consistency between Page Setup and Print!

Anyway, I'm glad I could help and I'm glad you're like me in that you much prefer the gui option. Editing preferences is always the last resort for me (though I'd never go without my Safari debug menu).



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10.4: Change the Print dialog's default page orientation
Authored by: rusty5 on Jun 16, '07 01:13:42PM

One more option. Open the Printer Setup Utility in the Utilities folder. Go to the Printer Setup Utility menu and select "Reset Printing System". This will reset the orientation to Portrait. NOTE: This also clears out all your printers and basically sets you back to factory default - which can be a good thing if there are other printer issues.



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