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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

If you have more than one printer, can select which one will be the default one
Click Session menu of the top panel & click System Settings.
Now click printing under Hardware category and right click desired default printer from the list of available printers, and click Set as Default. When you print the default printer is automatically used.

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I think that the question is about changing the default settings and not the default printer – Boris Jul 28 '14 at 7:42

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