I run Windows 7 and use an HP Officejet 6500, wireless printer. Is it
possible to change the default print quality from normal to draft rather than
having to go through multiple steps for each separate document to be
In this excerpt from
Answercast #82, I show where to go to change default printer settings in
Default settings for printer
Well, I don’t know for sure because this actually varies from printer to printer – but I can certainly tell you how to find out.
What you need to do is to go into the printer section of Control Panel and locate the specific printer icon that we’re talking about.
Right-click on it and select Properties.
Set printer properties
Now, in Properties (depending on how the manufacturers of the printer driver set everything up) there may be options to control things like: print quality, paper size, orientation, and any number of different things.
You may have to drill into Advanced Options or explore some of the other tabs associated with it. But the bottom line is that the settings you change in the printer icon, in Control Panel, should become the default setting for the printer when it’s used elsewhere on your machine.
So that’s where I’d have you start: go check out the printer’s icon in Control Panel; right-click on it; check on Properties (or potentially “page setup” if it’s there) and see if changing there doesn’t give you the default setting that you’re looking for.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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