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Windows 7: Setting Portrait or Landscape

26 Oct 2011   #11
Hans L

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

This may be a place to look:

Command Line Printer Control

Hans L


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26 Oct 2011   #12
Hans L

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I'm really fumbling in the dark here, but ...

PageSettings.Landscape Property (System.Drawing.Printing)

Regards,

Hans L
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26 Oct 2011   #13
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I think if you set your print preferences how you want them, then click "Defaults" it should make those settings "take". Of course until you want to switch again. This is how the settings work for my HP printer at least. It is not a Windows setting.
As stated by importing an image to, say, WordPAd the print settings there are easy to access and flip-flop.
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26 Oct 2011   #14
giblets

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 OEM
 
 

Why don't you make two of the same printers in your printer list, call one landscape, one portrait and set the default setting for each. Then you can just click which one you want.
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27 Oct 2011   #15
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
I think if you set your print preferences how you want them, then click "Defaults" it should make those settings "take". Of course until you want to switch again. This is how the settings work for my HP printer at least. It is not a Windows setting.
Actually, I think that by simply setting the "printing preferences" in the objects shown on "Devices and Printers", that these become the defaults for that printer object. I don't see any "defaults" button, at least not on my HP 2605dn printer (for the three PCL5, PCL6 and PS600 drivers which correspond to three separate printer objects going to the same single physical printer), although if present that might just restore all HP-factory default settings rather than use my customized settings.

This is how to set the "default" printing preferences (including portrait vs. landscape, long/short edge binding to influence reverse side page rotation when printing on a duplex printer, etc.) which will then be in effect for all application programs "by default" anytime you print to that particular printer object selected from a "printers" dropdown list.

You can then override it for a given specific program application or printing situation instance by using that application's particular method of say "file -> printer setup", or maybe a setup button on the "file -> print" dialog, etc. Some applications may actually have their own "private setup" which is retained, outside of the Windows "default", so that you don't need to go into any setup dialog for each printing situation... unless, of course, you want to or need to for a special situation.

I do believe that the suggestion above (by "giblets") to make a second printer copy of the first which uses the same printer driver but is conceptually a second printer and therefore capable of having its own separate "printing preferences", is a very clever one. Call one "landscape" in its name prefix/suffix and the other "portrait". Very clever, very intuitive to use, and should work fine.
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27 Oct 2011   #16
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

There in the lower right...
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27 Oct 2011   #17
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

I thought you said it was for your HP printer. The printing preferences screenshot you show is for a Canon inkjet printer, not an HP printer.

I have both a Canon Pixma Pro9000 photo printer, as well as a an HP 2605dn laserjet printer. For my Canon printer I, too, show that "defaults" button in printing preferences (main tab) but there is no such button on my HP printing preferences (none of its tabs).

However I still confirm that even with the Canon driver/setup printing preferences, this "default" button does NOT do anything except for restoring the "factory" settings to that page's settings, undoing whatever customization you might have done and putting back the initial default values. Change something from default, then push the button, and you'll see what it does. It's just a quick way to undo whatever you might have touched.

I still insist that the mere fact that you are working in this whole dialog ("devices and printers") and make a change to "printing preferences" for a printer object... that's what sets the new default values for that printer object whenever you select it for use in printing from any application. It's where the printer driver's settings are stored, and the whole dialog is specific to that manufacturer and particular printer driver.
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27 Oct 2011   #18
Hans L

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

dsperber, I (Hans L, the oroginal poster) have a Canon, while someone who commented has an HP.

Britton30 and giblets, excellent idea to have two different printers (one landscape and one portrait). Then, all I have to do when I want to use the non-default printer is to click the combobox "Name:" in the Print windows (Print.jpg) and switch to the correct printer.

I'll do that now, and I think it will be my solution. I will report back!

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27 Oct 2011   #19
Hans L

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Hm, I renamed my Canon printer to "Canon MX700 Portrait" and then, I added another printer, first named "Canon Inkjet MX700 series" and then changed by me to "Canon MX700 Landscape". Now, in Control Panel Hardware and Sound Devices and Printers, only Canon MX700 Landscape is listed, that is, Canon MX700 Portrait AND Canon Inkjet MX700 series FAX have disappeared.

However, in my clipboard program, ClipCache, all three printers are listed under "Select Printer".

I have Windows 7 Ultima, 64-bit. I turned off and restarted the computer.

Would anyone know why this happened?

Regards,

Hans L
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27 Oct 2011   #20
Hans L

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

And can you believe it, I could not change the name from "Canon MX700 portrait" to "Canon MX700 Portrait" (capital "P"). I had to change it first to something else ("Canon" in my case) and then to "Canon MX700 Portrait" in order to get the capital "P". Glitch, I guess. Now, testing!

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