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What are Printer Defaults used for - where do they come from?

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I know this is not the correct NG but I've been trying to get this answered
for a while and can't find someone really knowledgeable about printers.
(Actually it does relate to something I'm programming.)

I'm not suggesting you do what I've outlined below - just read the steps I
did.

It has to do with printer parameters. Using Window XP printer parameters can
be changed as follows:

CLICK PRINTERS AND FAXES

SELECT THE PRINTER AND CLICK PROPERTIES
General/Printing Preferences/Advance/Paper Size
Change to A5
THEN GO BACK (by clicking OK twice)
Advanced/Printing Defaults/Advance/Paper Size
Change to A6
Now when is the A5 used (that is when are preferences used)
and when is the A6 used (that is when are defaults used)
I know if I open Wordpad it will start in A5
If I change in WordPad to B5
close it and open it again it still starts in A5
Check the printer/properties and they are still A5 and A6

Looks like the Preferences are used at program startup.

So what is Printer Defaults?
Where does it come from?
What is it used for?
Thanks for any info


Nov 17 '05 #1
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