How to Configure the List of Documents for Printing

Learn how to set up the way your documents will be printed in Print Conductor. You can easily arrange, sort, move files in the List of Documents and change print settings for certain files.

After the necessary files are loaded into Print Conductor, you will see your files on the Print Conductor main window – the List of Documents.

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Click the green Start Printing button right away, and all files will be printed with optimal default settings. But before that, you can do many other useful things from the context menu! To access this menu, right-click any list item or anywhere in the white space.

Open file preview

Right-click an item in the list and click Open.

Print individual files only

Select only one file and instantly print it. Right-click an item in the list and select Print.

Change individual settings for each file

Select one or several items and click Item settings... in order to apply different settings to one or a group of files. Learn more →

Remove files

Instead of clearing the whole list, you can right-click and either Remove selected items from the list or Remove printed items from the list. Also, you can select one item, then press & hold Shift (or Ctrl) to select multiple items at a time. Once selected, press Delete to remove them from the List.

Clear list

Click the Clear list button to wipe out the current List completely and make a fresh start.

Reset item statuses

Use this button to clear all item statuses in the List of Documents (e.g., "done" or "paused").

Insert pause

Add a pause between list items, so that the printing session will be put on hold somewhere in the middle after printing a certain document. Then you'll need to click the Continue printing button to resume.

Show/hide columns

Display or hide certain columns of the List. There are 14 columns in total which can be switched on or off.

Open file location

Right-click an item in the list and click Open containing folder...

Also, you can add more files to the List. Before starting a print session or saving the current List, you can adjust the file order and apply print settings to individual files.

How to change file order in the List of Documents

You can make sure that the files are arranged correctly before printing. There are different ways to change file order:

1. Sort files in the List using column headers

By default, the order of files will be the same in which you added them to the List. You can change it by sorting the files according to one of the specific parameters. These parameters are controlled by columns at the top of the List.

Sort files in the List of Documents

It is possible to sort a list by a file-related or print-related column:

File-related columns

  • Name
  • Date
  • Type
  • Size
  • Folder path
  • Pages
  • E-mail delivery time

Print-related columns

  • Copies
  • Page range
  • Paper source
  • Paper size
  • Duplex
  • Orientation
  • Color

To sort files by a certain parameter, click the corresponding column header, e.g., Name.

If you click the column header Name, the files will go alphabetically – from A to Z. Click it again, and they will go vice versa – from Z to A. Similarly, you can click other column headers such as Date, Size, Copies, Page range, Pages. If you click once, files will go in direct order; if you click twice – they will be sorted in reverse order.

By the way…

If you cannot see specific columns in the Print Conductor interface, right-click anywhere on the List of Documents and check the Show/hide columns menu. You can also swap displayed columns – just click and hold a column header and drag it left or right.

2. Move groups of files up & down manually

You can select individual items in the List of Documents and move them up or down. You can do it in different ways:

  • Press Ctrl and click the desired files one by one;
  • Click one file, then press Shift; while holding Shift, click another file.

After that, click & hold to drag the selected items up or down.

Prioritize printing of certain documents in the list

3. Reverse the order of files in the List of Documents

You can reverse the order of items in the List of Documents with a single mouse click. To switch the order of items to reverse, click the # column header.

Reverse the order of files in the List of Documents

4. Export, change order, import

If your List of Documents is very large, it may become very hard to move items up or down in order to change the order of files. If that's the case, you can add the files, then export their paths as a File list (*.txt), and rearrange the files as needed inside a plain text file using NotePad or another text editor. Finally, import the resultant TXT file into Print Conductor, and you're good to go.

Change file order using a plain text file

To change file order using a plain text file:

  1. Add your files to the List of Documents;
  2. Click the Export List button in right-top corner of the Print Conductor's window and save list as File list (*.txt);
  3. Use Notepad or similar plain text editor to change order of files and save changes;
  4. Clear Print Conductor's List of Documents;
  5. Click the Import List button and load the previously saved TXT file.

How to save & load columns' configuration using restore points

By default, active columns and their position in the List of Documents are saved on program exit automatically. However, if you (or someone else) accidentally change your favorite configuration, you can recover it back with a few clicks. To restore your own columns' configuration from a restore point, use the Columns configuration management setting. 

Save and load columns configuration in Print Conductor

To create/load columns' configuration restore point:

  1. Change active columns, columns' position, or columns' width;
  2. Right-click anywhere in the white space on the List of Documents;
  3. Select Show/hide columns > Columns configuration management > Create restore point;
  4. When you want to restore saved configuration, use the Load restore point option.

How to ensure printing in the correct order

Print Conductor doesn't send files directly to the printer, but to the Windows print queue. That's why there's a small chance that your files might get mixed by the system.

To make sure that documents are printed precisely as you arranged them, use the Single print job mode in Print Conductor. This feature guarantees that all files will be printed in the order that you've set.

Print all documents as a single batch

To enable printing as one job in Print Conductor:

  1. Open Settings;
  2. Go to Advanced tab;
  3. Find the Single print job section (start typing "Single" in the search bar) and check Enabled.

How to change print settings for each file individually

You can also apply individual settings to each file if necessary. To do it with a single file or a group of files, right-click a certain file (or a group of files) and select Item settings…

Individual print settings for each file

Individual item settings include:

Use individual file settings if you want to print certain files differently. Besides, they can also help if changing the printer driver's settings (via the Printer Properties button) doesn't take effect. 

Note: When you change certain parameters within Item settings, their lines turn bold. If you want to revert to defaults, you can always click the Reset to default button.

How to select several files and apply individual settings to them? 

To select multiple files, use either of these methods:

  • Click the first file, then press Shift. While pressing Shift, click the last file
  • While pressing Ctrl, click each file you want to select

What does Custom text setting mean?

Custom text is used to sort list items by any user-specified parameter. That means, you can select a group of files or a single file and enter any text in the Custom text field. Then, right-click anywhere in the List of Documents and enable a separate column called Custom text (Show/hide columns > Custom text). Now you can sort list items by your own parameter: click the column header, click & hold to drag the selected items, etc. – just like you would use any other column.

Add a time delay between printing each document

You can control how fast each item in the List of Documents is processed. By default, each new file gets printed instantly, with no delay. You can adjust the "wait" time before printing the next document in the List – using the Wait before printing each document option.

Wait before printing each document option in Print Conductor

Quickly find files in the List of Documents (Ctrl + F)

Sometimes, it may be necessary to search for items within a List of Documents to remove them, change their position, adjust individual print settings, or perform other actions. To quickly find these items, you can use the Find files in the list feature.

Quickly find files in the List of Documents (Ctrl + F)

To search for files by name:

  1. Press the Ctrl + F combination on your keyboard.
  2. Type the filename or a part of the filename of the file you want to find.
  3. If needed, modify the additional options Case sensitive and Use wildcards located under the arrow icon.
  4. Press Enter or click on Find next. You can press Enter multiple times to ensure you have found the correct item.

View history of actions made to your List of Documents (Ctrl + H)

If you work with different file lists (.FLIST) and frequently import various lists, it can be challenging to keep track of the currently loaded list since its name is not displayed. To address this issue, there is a feature called History. It displays the changes made to the List of Documents at the bottom of the main window of Print Conductor.

View history of actions made to your List of Documents (Ctrl + H)

To view the List of Documents History:

  1. On the Print Conductor main window, press the Ctrl + H combination on your keyboard to show the History window.
  2. Make changes to the List of Documents, such as importing a previously saved list of files (FLIST), or adding/removing items from the current list.
  3. You will see these events being logged in the "History" window.

If you want to hide this window, press Ctrl + H again.

Save your List of Documents with current print settings

Once you have added all desired files and configured your List of Documents, you can save your list. This way, you will be able to import it later using the Import button and reprint documents using the same settings again.

Exporting a list with custom settings

To save the resulting list with custom settings, click the Export List button. It will be saved as a FLIST file. You can quickly start Print Conductor and automatically load your saved List of Documents by double-clicking the FLIST file that you saved.

Saving a file list (.FLIST) containing relative file paths

In addition to absolute paths, you can use relative file paths. 

Absolute file path


Relative file path


Using relative file paths is especially beneficial when your files are frequently moved to different locations, for example, from the "C" drive to the "D" drive.

To export a file list with relative file paths:

  1. When the Export file list dialog prompt appears, click the Options... button as shown below; How to export a file list with relative file paths
  2. Activate the Write relative file path checkbox and click OK;
  3. Enter the name for the list of files and click Save.

You can double-check the relative paths by opening the resulting FLIST file with Notepad. The paths will appear as follows:


If you have a List of Documents saved as a file list (.FLIST), you can edit it if necessary. To do so, right-click the FLIST file and open it with Notepad. You will see paths to files that can be corrected if needed.

Saving List of Documents as TXT

You can also export your List of Documents as a plain text file (TXT), for example, to change the order of files. Please note, however, that a TXT file (compared to FLIST file) will not save individual print settings if you applied them in the List of Documents (such as Color, Scale mode, etc.).

Exporting a file list (List of Documents) as a TXT file

By the way...

When a user closes Print Conductor, the program prompts a user to save the current list of files and load them again next time. This also can help if you regularly work with the same group of documents.

Save the current list of files to use next time

Did you know?

Besides saving and loading Lists of Documents, you can export and import current Print Conductor Settings.

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