Depending on what you are printing in your Web browser, it’s possible that you have been making a lot of adjustments to the print settings.
Over time this can make it difficult to print things normally, and you might be wondering how to get Firefox to use its original default settings.
Our tutorial below will show you a way to quickly go back to the default print settings in the Mozilla Firefox Web browser.
Summary – How to Revert to Default Firefox Print Settings
- Open Firefox.
- Click inside the address bar, type about:config, then press Enter.
- Click I’ll be careful, I promise.
- Click inside the search field, type print_printer, and press Enter.
- Right-click on print_printer and choose Reset.
Our guide continues below with additional information on how to reset Firefox print settings to their defaults, including pictures of these steps.
Windows 10 updates have been happening a lot more frequently of late (whether they are intentional or not) and one issue that I have been noticing is an increase in printer problems.
These are most commonly seen as general issues where the printer needs to be completely reinstalled, or a driver needs to be updated, but they can also extend into specific programs.
One problem I encountered involved Firefox. It was possible to print pages from the browser, but I was seeing errors if I tried to open Print Preview or change some print settings.
Fortunately, it is possible to reset Firefox’s printer settings by following the guide below.
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Resetting the Firefox Print Settings to Their Default (Guide with Pictures)
The steps below will show you how to reset your current Firefox print settings.
For example, if you are having problems entering Print Preview (such as if you want to access the Page Setup menu to change your header or footer) and are getting an error message, then this might be able to help.
Step 1: Open Firefox.
Step 2: Click inside the address bar at the top of the window, type about:config and press Enter on your keyboard.
Step 3: Click the blue I’ll be careful, I promise! button to confirm that you accept the risks with adjusting settings on this menu.
Step 4: Type print_printer into the Search bar near the top of the menu.
This is different from the address bar that you typed into in Step 2.
Step 5: Right-click the print_printer option, then click the Reset button.
You should now be able to access the Print Preview menu in Firefox.
Now that you know how to reset the print settings in Firefox, you should be able to fix any issues that were created by the adjustment of one of those settings in the past.
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