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Re: OT: howto change Firefox's default print options

On Tue, 2009-12-22 at 13:42 -0800, Mike Wright wrote:
Rick Stevens wrote:
> On 12/22/2009 11:32 AM, Mike Wright wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I need help with the default printing options in Firefox. It has a very
>> annoying "feature" when trying to print: it insists on providing me with
>> preselected headers and footers.
> I believe the things you're looking for are in about:config.  Look
> for "print.printer_(printer_name).(attribute).  The attributes are:
>     print_footercenter
>     print_footerleft
>     print_footerright
>     print_headercenter
>     print_headerleft
>     print_headerright

Thanks, Rick.

Those are the ones I mucked with.  No cigar though.  Any changes made 
there cause the status to change temporarily from default to 
user_defined.  After printing the current document they revert back to 

It appears that there is no way to modify the default behavior and that 
the only way to get rid of that idiocy is to compile the browser 
oneself?  IMO it makes a lot more sense from a usability perspective to 
click once to enable something desired than to have to click seven times 
to disable something undesired.

I always felt that Mozilla/Firefox was the standard to which others 
should aspire but I fear that I may be seeing signs of pig lipstick...


You've probably tried this, but just in case you haven't... :-)

File -> Print... -> Options tab -> Header and Footer

There are two rows of three pull-down option menu boxes that correspond to the six about:config options you already found. You can set any or all to --blank--. Any changes you make should be written to the ~/.mozilla/firefox/<random>.default/prefs.js file when you exit Firefox. It should be owned by <you>.<you> and its access permissions should be 755.

--Doc Savage
  Fairview Heights, IL
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