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Set the Epson Print Monitor to launch in the background Printers
My wife's Epson RX680 is used by everyone in the house via printer sharing, so she gets pretty annoyed when the Epson Print Monitor pops up suddenly on top of whatever she's working on. Today she made it annoy me enough so that I had to figure out a proper fix. The fix is to tell Launch Services to launch it in the background.

This requires editing a file within the application Epson Print Monitor, so be sure to back this application up first! The file to back up is /Library » Printers » EPSON » EPW » EPSON Printer

Once that's backed up, Control-click on it and choose Show Package Contents from the contextual menu. In the Contents folder, you'll see the Info.plist file; we're going to add a new key, LSBackgroundOnly, specifying that this should be true (i.e. launch in the background).

I use the pico editor from within Terminal:
pico /Library/Printers/EPSON/InkjetPrinter/EPW/EPSON Printer
Down towards the bottom of the file, just above the LSMinimumSystemVersion key, and add two new lines:
For clarity, here are the key above, the new key and the key below:
Save the changes; if using pico, Control-X and y for yes, then hit Return.

That's it! Now when other people print to your printer, the Epson Print Monitor will still launch, but it will do so behind whatever you're working on. This was tested on 10.5.8 -- we haven't updated her to Snow Leopard yet because her hard drive needs to be backed up first!
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Set the Epson Print Monitor to launch in the background
Authored by: Molate Pt on Sep 08, '09 09:09:22AM

Or go to

Main Hard Drive/Library/Printers/EPSON/InkjetPrinter/EPW/

and toss (or zip) the items in the EPW folder - none of them are needed and you will still have access to the standard Epson Print monitor.

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Set the Epson Print Monitor to launch in the background
Authored by: faletti on Jan 11, '10 09:33:06PM

The original suggestion is tremendously helpful. As a Terminal-free variation, I double-clicked the info.plist file and used the property list editor to accomplish the same thing. I added the suggested LSBackgroundOnly key using the property list editor and made sure the checkbox was checked to say I wanted the print monitor to run only in the background. That worked for me in 10.6.2. Thanks. (Note: The comment suggesting zipping the file didn't work for me. The next time I printed, it generated an error message that the file could not be found.)

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