8 Replies Latest reply: Dec 6, 2013 5:58 PM by BDAqua
lwhamilton Level 1 (0 points)

For some unknown reason about 3 weeks ago, when I attempt to print a document from almost any software application, the first window that pops up shows the orientation is defaulted to Landscape and I have to click on the Portrait orientation to print correctly.  THIS STEP IS QUITE ANNOYING AND DOES NOT, I REPEAT, DOES NOT DEFAULT TO PORTRAIT ORIENTATION AND I HAVE TO DO THIS EXTRA STEP FOR EACH AND EVERY PRINT JOB!  IF I ATTEMPT TO JUST CLICK ON AN APPLICATION'S PRINTER ICON ON THEIR MENU BAR, THE PRINT AUTOMATICALLY PRINTS THE DOCUMENT IN LANDSCAPE -- WASTED PAPER AND INK!!!








PS  MY MACBOOK PRO 17" IS RUNNING OS X 10.5.8 (NOT 10.4.10), 3 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM,

MacBook Pro 17, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 3 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo
  • carlclarke Level 1 (0 points)

    I had this problem too, saving default settings does not seem to override the paper orientation. I found this article http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20070613051850612 and solved the problem, it states that the solution is for 10.4 but it worked for Lion for me. It required the use of XCode to edit the plist file - it may be non-trivial for some users.

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 (46,565 points)

    First don't type in all caps - It's considered shouting and some helpers will not answer. If you want emphasis, underline or use bold.


    Go to Page Setup

    Select Portriat orientation (and 100% if that's what you want)

    Then at the top of the window adjacent to Settings, select Save As Default instead of Page Attributes.


     Cheers, Tom

  • carlclarke Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Tom,


    I agree that your suggestion *should* work but for me and, I am guessing, for the cap-writing-originator it doesn't. I did try different variations such as 'Last Used Settings' and 'Save Current Settings As Default' however no option that I tried was able to remember the orientation across successive prints. After a few weeks of this annoying me I decided to search out a solution. There may be others but the only one that worked for me was the one that I mentioned above. I now wonder if the printer default plist file had acquired the wrong attributes as was not writable because some rogue application or a crash had changed it but at the time I just wanted to find a quick fix.



  • Napamike2 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Tom.  Where is Page setup, that I go to to fix this?  Are you talking about within a certain program? I'd like to change the orientation to portrait for ALL my apps as I somehow must have changed it at one time by accident.  any help appreciated.


  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Hi Mike,


    Try Text Edit>File>Page Setup... never figured out why Page Setup osn't available in all Apps, especially Apple Apps.

  • Napamike2 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah. I tried that but it doesnt stick....  In other words when I go back to text edit or other program it still defaults to landscape.

    thanks though.

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Hmmm, some Print Dialogs or even Printers themselves have defaults that can be set, have you checked those?

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Oh wait, forgot the most likely scenario...


    After setting that in Page Setup, did you click on Settings>Page Attributes, then Save as Default?