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Terminal Tips: Make extended print dialog show by default

Cory Bohon

When you print something in Mac OS X, the standard print dialog window will pop up. However, if you always use the extended options (such as landscape/portrait orientation, number of copies, etc.) then you might have to click the blue arrow constantly. With this Terminal hack, the print dialog will open with the extended options already shown by default. Just open (/Applications/Utilities/) and type in the following command:

defaults write -g PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint -bool TRUE

If changing back to the original settings makes you happy, then replace "TRUE" with "FALSE" in the command above.

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