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Is there any way to change the default printing settings in the dialog box?

For instance, I would like the paper format to be always A4. Now it always appears as US letter by default and I have to change it each time.

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What Ubuntu release are you using? But you can do that from the printer properties page. –  Mitch May 17 '13 at 11:09
12.04. I went to all settings -> printers but there wasn't anything about this. Did I look in the wrong place? I don't see anything else about printing in the settings –  Ricky Robinson May 17 '13 at 12:24
@RickyRobinson did it work? –  Salem May 20 '13 at 21:08
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You can use Cups administration page. You can access it by opening http://localhost:631 in your web browser.

Then select Administration -> Manage Printers

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Select your printer and then, on the "Administration" dropbox choose "Set Default options". Change the default settings and finally press "Set default options". If it asks you the username/password use the same combination you use to login.

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Wow, this thing was extremely well hidden. Thanks! –  Ricky Robinson May 21 '13 at 8:25
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