5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 15, 2012 8:21 AM by anderdan33316
anderdan33316 Level 1 (0 points)



My osX Lion loaded iMac always prints with a default "scale" of "150%" and consequently won't print anything on a single page. I always have to go into "Printer Settings" and change it to "100%" to print properly. Is there any way to set this up to default at "100%"?



iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5), HP Officejet 4620 printer
  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)

    Most likely app dependent. Launch the app, open a blank document, File->Page Setup, and set the Page Attributes, appropriately.

  • anderdan33316 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks... sorry... I should have been more specific. It works fine in the apps (Pages, Numbers) but if I print, say, a page off the internet, or a pdf image, it always defaults to 150%. I always have to go to the printer setup and change it back to 100%. Maybe I just have to do that forever...

  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)

    Sorry, but in Safari, CMD+P = Print, brings up the printer dialog with scale set to 100%. AFAIK, since there's no Page Setup option, you can try setting a new preset and designate that as the one to use. You'll have to play around with the settings. The settings might be printer specific, but I don't know about that.


    Screen shot 2012-12-14 at 11.00.08 AM.png

  • Roy Miller Level 1 (30 points)

    Hi,  just a note that might help.  I notice in baltwo's screen shot of the print dialog, that the Preset titled "Plain paper, best" is selected.


    anderdan33316, if you have selected a preset, and that preset was created with the "Scale" set to "150%".  I suspect your issue is related to this.


    for a possible solution,

    1. in Safari, open the Print dialog (by cmd-p, or choosing "Print..." from the File menu, either way works).

      2. in the dialog, manually set the Scale to 100%

      3. in the "Presets:" pull-down menu, select "Save Current Settings as Preset..."

      4. enter a label that is meaningful to you, such as "Standard", "Basic", "Default" - it can be modified later

      5. print that page from that dialog, and the customized Preset will be one of your choices until you decide to delete it.


    hope this helps,


  • anderdan33316 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the help here, but after creating & printing once with a new "Preset" adjusted to 100%... and saving it... the next time I went to print, it came up as my new preset, but still defaulted back to 150%. Hmmmm... must be something to do with the printer, maybe.