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Two printer setups for same printer.

By Lowe ·
I have played with adding the same printer twice and changing one printer to Landscape, for example, but no matter what I do it reverts back to Portrait. Said another way, I have two icons for the same printer, one icon is set for Landscape and the other is set for Portrait. I cannot get the Landscape setting to stay Landscape. Any suggestions?

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by adembo In reply to Two printer setups for sa ...

Seems to me you would need to create the printer on two different ports, and then create the printer install from each of those ports with the settings you want. I would assume this is a local printer on a local machine and not in a network enviorment.

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by Lowe In reply to

Yes, this is a local port. You can set up two icons for the same printer. What you are implying is that XP will only allow one configuration per printer per port even when you have two separate icons each with its on preferences. You can certainly print from either icon. I assume there is a configuration file somewhere that could be edited but that would not be productive if the name of the file cannot be changed. I'll leave this question open to see if you or anyone has any further ideas. Thanks.

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by BarbiD In reply to Two printer setups for sa ...

Have you tried installing the same printer with different names, i.e. HP 2230-landscape and HP 2230-portrait, and then configuring them? If they have the same name, it probably thinks it's the same printer and will keep the changes you make to its configuration each time.

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by Lowe In reply to

Yes. I even changed the name of one printer to "TestLand". I have done a great deal of testing and playing around. When you press CTRL-P and select a new printer, the "Apply" button is highlighted. You would think selecting the "Apply" button would reset the Printer Preferences, but it does not.

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