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Force-change the default printer in a Pages '08 file Apps
When printing a Pages '08 document, it kept reverting to an older printer that was the one I used when I originally created the file. This kept happening even though I'd set my new printer set as the default in the Print & Fax System Preference panel. Grrr. I then tried changing the Format For: Printer in the Page Setup dialog and saving the changes. That worked if the file stayed open, but if I closed and reopened the document, it would go back to the old, original printer. Grrrr again.

I finally got so frustrated I created a copy of the file. Then I selected the copy, Control-clicked on it, and chose Show Package Contents from the contextual menu. I found, among others, the following file: index.xml.gz. I opened this file in TextWrangler and searched for the brand of the old printer (Konica). This is the only entry I found:
<sl:printer sfa:ID="NSPrinter-0" sl:type="KONICA MINOLTA magicolor 2430 DL"/>
I created a new document with the new printer I now wanted it to default to. Saved that file, opened its bundle, searched its index.xml.gz for my new printer, and found this:
<sl:printer sfa:ID="NSPrinter-0" sl:type="Brother HL-5250DN series CUPS"/>
I copied the Brother entry and used it to replace the Konica entry in the index.xml.gz from the copy of the original file. I saved the changes and then double-clicked on that Pages document. After it opened, I chose Print and, voila, my new printer was now the default.

[robg adds: I recall having issues with Pages remembering the proper printer, but I never dug into it to try to find a fix. I haven't tested this fix, because I haven't seen this problem here lately.]
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Force-change the default printer in a Pages '08 file
Authored by: Krioni on Jan 14, '13 04:54:00PM

This bug still exists.
Pages documents remember the printer they used before being saved for the first time. From then on, no matter what you do, the printer they show will be that old printer. They disregard whatever is set as the default printer in your System Preferences. In fact, you can open one of these Pages documents, choose to Print, pick the "new" printer that should have been selected because it is your current default printer, print, then decide you want to print another copy. Guess what? When you choose Print, the printer selected will NOT be the one you just printed to, but rather the old printer that the document is stubbornly clinging to. The only way to force the document to not select that printer is to delete or rename that printer, or open the Pages document on a computer where that printer doesn't exist.



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