Thursday, November 26, 2009

Assigning a printer

Does anybody know if one can assign a printer to an app (in OS X), so one does not end up printing emails on five-dollar photo paper?

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Thursday, November 26, 2009   10 comments links to this post

10 Comments:

At 26 Nov 2009 14:41:00, Anonymous neeraj said...

After having printed something in any app (in WinOS), the choosen printer is already assigned in that app automatically for the future until it is changed by you ... is it different in OS X?

 
At 26 Nov 2009 14:46:00, Blogger eolake said...

See, that's the way it oughta be. But it seems in OS X changing the printer in one app changes it in all of them. It just assumes that the last printer you used is the one you want to use.

 
At 26 Nov 2009 15:49:00, Anonymous Pat McGee said...

No, but if you leave your expensive printer turned off most of the time, you'll figure it out before it has a chance to print.

Pat

 
At 26 Nov 2009 15:59:00, Blogger Bert said...

I, for my part, have made PDF creator the default printer on my machine to avoid costly mistakes. That way, if I forget to assign a printer, a PDF pops up...

That, of course, is for Windoze, where you can select a system-wide default printer. I have no idea if or how this can be done on a Mac.

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At 26 Nov 2009 18:06:00, Blogger ttl said...

One point to you, Bert! :-)

 
At 26 Nov 2009 18:11:00, Blogger Simon Minshall said...

I don't have this issue on OS 10.5 in the Sys Prefs I have default printer set to the office printer. The photo printer (z3100) is not default and not shared either. I see an option in the list to use the "last printer used". Is that the one you have selected?

I've never had the z3100 printed to in error.

 
At 26 Nov 2009 19:18:00, Blogger eolake said...

Simon,
Congratulations, you found the *only* panel in System Prefs I have never even looked at!!

Yes, that was it, I can just set it to the laser printer instead of "last used". At most it'll be a piece of copy paper which gets wasted, if any.

 
At 26 Nov 2009 19:19:00, Blogger eolake said...

... And today I could not find the Printer Utility either... it turns out it's now hidden as a button under the "Print and Fax" sys pref!

 
At 26 Nov 2009 19:36:00, Blogger eolake said...

Although it still does not solve the issue that I have to select the photo printer every time I use Photoshop.

 
At 27 Nov 2009 17:51:00, Blogger Bert said...

TTL: ??

 

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