If you have a combination of settings that you frequently use when printing a document, you can save it as a "preset." For example, sometimes you print a letter on plain paper and other times you print a photo on glossy photo paper. Usually, you have to select several print settings: paper type, color or B&W, things like that.
You can save the print settings for each type of job as a preset, then quickly apply them without having to select each print setting individually.
Creating a Print Preset
- When you're ready to print, choose File > Print. This brings up the Print dialog. Don't click the Print button yet; that would begin printing immediately.
- Select the various printing settings you want to use. For each "panel" of settings, click on the Copies and Pages popup.
- Choose Save As from the Presets pop-up menu and type a name for the preset. The settings you've selected are now saved as a preset.
- Now either click the Print (to follow through and printi) or the Cancel button.
Note: Some settings cannot be saved in a preset. After you create a preset, print a test document using that preset to be sure if it prints the way you want.
Using A Preset
To use a print preset when you print a document, choose its name from the Presets pop-up menu.
Changing A Preset's Settings
Choose its name from the Presets pop-up menu, make changes to the settings, then choose Save from the Presets pop-up menu.
Renaming A Preset
Choose the preset's name from the Presets pop-up menu, then choose Rename to change its name.
Deleting A Preset
Choose the preset's name from the Presets pop-up menu, then choose Delete to remove it.
Examining A Preset
To see a list of all the settings included in a specific preset, choose its name from the Presets pop-up menu, and then choose Summary from the Copies & Pages pop-up menu.
One Final Note: Beginning with 10.6 Snow Leopard, the system allows you to assign a preset to a particular printer. You wouldn't want a preset for, your color inkjet printer to be used with a B&W laser.