5 Replies Latest reply: Oct 7, 2008 10:49 AM by MRoderick
cyclistdave Level 1 (0 points)
Any suggestion on how to truly change the default page orientation from landscape back to portrait, for printing (e.g., in Mail, Safari, TurboTax, etc.)?

I unintentionally changed some setting (not sure how) a while back, that caused my default page orientation (e.g., in the expanded Print dialog box) to shift to landscape (instead of portrait, the default orientation prior to my unintended setting change).

I've tried to fix by (re)creating Presets (in the Print dialog box) -- changing the orientation to portrait, and "saving" the preset(s). But when I open the Presets later, the supposedly saved portrait orientation has not been saved. The orientation still is landscape.

I don't have this problem when printing a PDF file or a Word file. FYI - I use an HP Officejet 6210 AIO; and as I recall, I'm using the same HP device driver(s) software now that I was using prior to the page orientation shift.

iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • John Blanchard1 Level 5 (5,230 points)
    cyclistdave wrote:
    Any suggestion on how to truly change the default page orientation from landscape back to portrait, for printing (e.g., in Mail, Safari, TurboTax, etc.)?


    Use an application that has Page Setup, such as TextEdit. Set the orientation to Portrait, then chose "Save As Default" in the Settings menu. That should reset it. For future reference, the page format default is stored in /<home>/Library/Preferences/com.apple.print.PrintingPrefs.plist. Deleting this file will also revert the orientation.

    I've tried to fix by (re)creating Presets (in the Print dialog box) -- changing the orientation to portrait, and "saving" the preset(s). But when I open the Presets later, the supposedly saved portrait orientation has not been saved. The orientation still is landscape.


    The page setup features aren't saved as part of the presets, and this is a bug.
    Hope this helps.
  • John Everett Level 1 (0 points)
    Every app defaults to landscape in the print dialog. I do not have a printingprefs.plist on my computer 10.5.4
  • Bruce De Benedictis Level 4 (1,690 points)
    The full name is com.apple.print.PrintingPrefs.plist and it is the Preferences folder in your user Library.
  • Donald Palmer Level 4 (2,170 points)
    Can you change the orientation at the printer?
  • MRoderick Level 1 (0 points)
    Fixed it for me after restarting the applications.

    Thank you very much for taking the time to answer this question, it was driving me nuts.