Firefox: How to always use the system print dialog?


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Hello!

In previous versions of Firefox there was a flag to show the system print dialog by default, rather than go through the Firefox print dialog first. However this flag doesn't work in latest Firefox versions (such as 97). Does anyone knows how to restore this feature? I frequently have to select a different paper type or paper source and it is not convenient having to go through the Firefox print dialog first, scroll down and then click to use the system print dialog. I would prefer opening the system print dialog when clicking the print icon.

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Just had a look, don't think there is a way now the flag has gone, I will keep looking maybe it is moved from flags to settings
 

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A quick on-line search using the title of this thread turns up several answers; the first is from mozillZine:

Set Print
 

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I find Firefox tends to use the last printer used, right now my File, Print goes to saving as Microsoft Print to PDF since that's what I've been using lately. There is no printer set as Default in Devices and Printers.

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Just curious...
I thought having Print Spooler enabled was a huge vulnerability?
 

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Just curious...
I thought having Print Spooler enabled was a huge vulnerability?
There were issues with some Win10 updates and mentioned USB-connected printers, didn't affect mine as they are Ethernet connected to my Router.
 

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A quick on-line search using the title of this thread turns up several answers; the first is from mozillZine:

Set Print
Yes, this worked on previous versions of Firefox. Now either if it is false or true makes no difference. Firefox will display its own useless print dialog and you have to scroll to the bottom and click the option to see the system print dialog. I have read that in new installations the flag is not available (mine is an update from previous version, hence the flag is there but not functional). Any other hack? Maybe some Registry hack? Thanks.

Regarding the default printer, Windows 10 and 11 always use the last printer used before, unless you explicitly set a default printer from Devices and Printers. If you don't like the printer changed every time you want to print to PDF or anything else, set the default printer permanently in Devices and Printers (right-click on the desired printer, set as default).
 

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Yes, this worked on previous versions of Firefox. Now either if it is false or true makes no difference. Firefox will display its own useless print dialog and you have to scroll to the bottom and click the option to see the system print dialog. I have read that in new installations the flag is not available (mine is an update from previous version, hence the flag is there but not functional). Any other hack? Maybe some Registry hack? Thanks.

I wondered if it actually worked, but was not willing to try it. I have posted a message in mozillaZine to ask if there is now a newer way to accomplish this change; if so, I just might remember to post that here.
 

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As earlier threatened, I remembered....
I am sorry to report that the very code itself is obsolete and should have been removed some time ago. That is based on my taking a look at the Bugzilla report about the code not working. (BUgzilla is the location where bugs with Mozilla and related products are reported.) The code in question was reported, and is marked as closed on the grounds that, for whatever the reason might have been, the action of the code was removed, but removing the link to it has remained for several Firefox updates.
 

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Hello!

In previous versions of Firefox there was a flag to show the system print dialog by default, rather than go through the Firefox print dialog first. However this flag doesn't work in latest Firefox versions (such as 97). Does anyone knows how to restore this feature? I frequently have to select a different paper type or paper source and it is not convenient having to go through the Firefox print dialog first, scroll down and then click to use the system print dialog. I would prefer opening the system print dialog when clicking the print icon.

Thank you in advance.


 

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I always get a Preview after clicking File, Print, just small.

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Further information from mozillaZine: "there are bugs on file to add (1) a new user preference and (2) a new keyboard shortcut to bypass the preview and immediately display the system dialog. These have not gone into testing yet, so I am starting to doubt they will make it into Firefox 98 (scheduled to release on March 8, 2022"
 

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Why do people keep discussing Print preview when that is not the subject about which spakakons asked?
The subject is enabling the System print dialog instead of a proprietary Firefox dialog.
System print dialog.png


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Why do people keep discussing Print preview when that is not the subject about which spakakons asked?
The subject is enabling the System print dialog instead of a proprietary Firefox dialog.
View attachment 22644


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I was just showing what Firefox 97 on Windows 11 shows when bringing up the Print function with no default printer set in Control Panel's Device and Printers.
 

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You can set Firefox to Always Print Silent but I'm not sure if it will always use the default printer!

Furthermore, it again defeats the purpose of choosing a paper or source, which @spapakons also spoke of!
 

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Yes, I frequently print courier vouchers on special labels, so I need to change the paper setting from auto to manual, so I can insert the label sheet from the manual front tray. Silent print would just print with the default printer without any chance to adjust settings.
 

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    Legacy MBR installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, no WDDM 2.0 graphics drivers, cannot get more unsupported ;) This is only my test laptop. I had installed Windows 11 here before upgrading my main PC. For my main PC I use everyday see my 2nd system specs.
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    Windows 11 Pro v22H2 (build 22621.900)
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom-built PC
    CPU
    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 s1155 ATX
    Memory
    2x Kingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics card(s)
    Gainward NE5105T018G1-1070F (nVidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio (ALC887)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia KDL-19L4000 19" LCD TV via VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 32-bit 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Patriot Burst Elite 480GB SSD as system disk, Western Digital Caviar Purple 4TB SATA III (WD40PURZ) as second
    PSU
    Thermaltake Litepower RGB 550W Full Wired
    Case
    SUPERCASE MIDI-TOWER
    Cooling
    Stock Intel CPU Fan, 1x 8cm fan at the back
    Mouse
    Sunnyline OptiEye PS/2
    Keyboard
    Mitsumi 101-key PS/2
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS (MBR) installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, WDDM 3.0 graphics drivers, WEI score 7.4

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Sonofabeotch!
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doesn't work in FF either!
You better move over to Chrome, chief!

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I would prefer to move to Microsoft Edge. Again it has its own print dialog. Any trick to use the system print dialog instead? I didn't have time to Google it.

Found it: How to Enable System Print Dialog in Microsoft Edge

To Enable System Print Dialog in Microsoft Edge​

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge.
  3. If the Edge folder is missing, then create it manually.
  4. To the right of the Edge folder, modify or create a new 32-Bit DWORD value UseSystemPrintDialog. Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-34984" src="https://winaero.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Create-new-32-bit-dword.png" alt="Create New 32 Bit Dword" width="324" height="167">
    Create New 32 Bit Dword
  5. Set its value to 1.<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-36348" src="https://winaero.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Edge-Enable-System-Print-dialog-1.png" alt="Edge Enable System Print Dialog" width="702" height="522">
    Edge Enable System Print Dialog
  6. Now, close Edge if you have it running, and open again. You will have the system Print dialog.<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-36349" src="https://winaero.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Edge-with-System-Print-dialog-enabled.png" alt="Edge With System Print Dialog Enabled" width="659" height="529">
    Edge With System Print Dialog Enabled
You are done!
 
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    Windows 11 Pro 22H2 64-bit (build 22621.900)
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Extensa 5630EZ
    CPU
    Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 2000 MHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Extensa 5630
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) GMA 4500M (Mobile 4 series)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC268 @ Intel 82801IB ICH9 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB SATA Device (250 GB, SATA-III)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50 Mbps
    Browser
    MICROSOFT EDGE
    Antivirus
    WINDOWS DEFENDER
    Other Info
    Legacy MBR installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, no WDDM 2.0 graphics drivers, cannot get more unsupported ;) This is only my test laptop. I had installed Windows 11 here before upgrading my main PC. For my main PC I use everyday see my 2nd system specs.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro v22H2 (build 22621.900)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom-built PC
    CPU
    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 s1155 ATX
    Memory
    2x Kingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics card(s)
    Gainward NE5105T018G1-1070F (nVidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio (ALC887)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia KDL-19L4000 19" LCD TV via VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 32-bit 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Patriot Burst Elite 480GB SSD as system disk, Western Digital Caviar Purple 4TB SATA III (WD40PURZ) as second
    PSU
    Thermaltake Litepower RGB 550W Full Wired
    Case
    SUPERCASE MIDI-TOWER
    Cooling
    Stock Intel CPU Fan, 1x 8cm fan at the back
    Mouse
    Sunnyline OptiEye PS/2
    Keyboard
    Mitsumi 101-key PS/2
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS (MBR) installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, WDDM 3.0 graphics drivers, WEI score 7.4

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    ASUS ROG Strix
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS VivoBook

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