How to Manage Printer Properties in Print Conductor

If you use advanced features your printer supports, you can use them when batch printing via Print Conductor as well. This article will focus on the printer settings (Printer Properties) and ways to manage them on program start and exit.

Printer Properties

Printer Properties

Settings available in your printer. They may vary, depending on the printer model and driver version. These settings apply to all your print jobs sent to a specific printer – no matter what app you are printing from.

If modified: you can save or discard them when exiting the program.

Can be accessed from: Print Conductor, Control Panel > Devices and Printers

Print Conductor Settings

Settings available in Print Conductor: Common, Advanced, Print engine, File extension aliases.

If modified: they are saved for the next session automatically.

Can be accessed from: Print Conductor main window

Item settings

Individual Item settings

Individual Item settings can be applied to one or more files while keeping all other files intact. You'll find them by right-clicking a file in the List of Documents.

If modified: Item settings work for the current session. They can also be saved for the next session by enabling the Restore list of documents from last session option.

Can be accessed from: Print Conductor's List of Documents

Loading previously saved Print Conductor Settings from a file

Want to use different "profiles" for various print tasks? In Print Conductor, can import/export the program's settings. That means you can create a certain setup with preferred settings and save it to an .ini file for future use.

Save/load Print Conductor Settings

  • Export – Save all current Print Conductor Settings to an .ini file
  • Import – Load previously saved Settings from an .ini file
  • Reset to default – Restore Print Conductor Settings to defaults
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You can save several .ini files with different settings and use one or another set of settings depending on your needs.

Please note that this feature saves only the program's settings but not those of the printer. To keep preferred printer settings, see this solution.

Accessing Printer Properties in Print Conductor

In Print Conductor, you can utilize specific settings available in your printer (e.g., finishing options such as stapling or other features of your printer) to all files in the current session. You can check them by clicking the Printer Properties button below your printer name:  

Accessing Printer Properties in Print Conductor

The Printer Properties window will depend on your printer model and/or print driver, so it may differ from what you can see on the screenshots in this article.

If you modify the Printer Properties, they will apply to all items added to the List of Documents.

When you open the Printer Properties settings screen in Print Conductor, the same screen appears as if you would right-click the printer in Devices and Printers in the Control Panel and select Printing preferences.

Printer Properties vs. Print Conductor Settings

Please note that Print Conductor Settings override your printer's settings if they are different for the same parameter. For example, if the A4 page size is set in the printer settings, and A5 is manually set in Print Conductor Settings (Settings > Advanced > Page layout > Paper size: A5 148x210mm) – the latter will take effect.

Printer Properties vs. Print Conductor Settings

How to print using printer settings only

If you want to use preferences as set in your Printer Properties only, keep the default Advanced Settings in Print Conductor as is. If you don't want to reset them to defaults, find the necessary parameter, and select As in printer option next to it.

To use only printing preferences set for your printer:

  1. In Print Conductor, go to Settings > Advanced;
  2. Choose one of the options below:
    • Keep the As in printer option selected for a specific parameter. For example: Duplex mode: As in printer
    OR
    • Click the Reset to default button in Print Conductor's Advanced Settings. By default, most parameters are set to As in printer or As in document

Reset Print Conductor settings to default

Using printer from last session or default system printer

Use the printer you last used and its Printer Properties

Load printer and properties used last time option is on by default. That means, at the next start of the application, Print Conductor will:

  1. Load the same printer as last time (when Print Conductor was closed);
  2. Restore the Printer Properties from the previous session – you will have the same printer settings that were applied last time (when Print Conductor was closed).

To use the printer from the previous session and restore its properties:

  1. In Print Conductor, go to Settings > Advanced;
  2. Find the setting below and make sure it's enabled:
    Load printer and properties used last time

How to use the default system printer on startup 

If you disable the Load printer and properties used last time option, the printer that is default in your Windows system will be selected on program startup. The default printer can be managed by Windows – your default will be the printer you last used. Or you can choose the default printer manually. 

Set a printer as default in Windows

Set a printer as default manually

Go to Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Devices and Printers > right-click a printer and select Set as default printer.

Let Windows manage default printer

Let Windows manage default printer

Open Start and select Settings  > Devices > Printers & scanners and select the checkbox beside Let Windows manage my default printer.

To use default system printer and properties:

  1. In Print Conductor, go to Settings > Advanced;
  2. Find the setting below and disable it:
    Load printer and properties used last time

Discarding or keeping changes to Printer Properties on program exit

Keep changes to printer properties on program exit

Keep changes to printer properties option is off by default. This means that when you exit Print Conductor, the printer settings which were in the system before the start of the program will be returned. 

After exiting Print Conductor, you can see that the printer settings were returned to the initial state (before changing them through Print Conductor) in Devices and Printers:

Saving or discarding changes to Printer Properties on exit

How to save changes to Printer Properties on program exit

If you enable the Keep changes to printer properties option, the settings you've made during the current session will remain active in the Windows system after exiting Print Conductor. And these settings will apply when printing from any other application (unless you change them again). 

With this option on, you can even save settings profiles for several printers because it works for all printers that you selected and changed settings for.

To keep changes made to printer settings after exiting Print Conductor:

  1. In Print Conductor, go to Settings > Advanced;
  2. Find the setting below and enable it:
    Keep changes to printer properties

Clearing or restoring the List of Documents on program startup

Restoring the last printing session in Print Conductor

Restore list of documents from last session option is disabled by default. That means, when you start Print Conductor, the List of Documents is empty.

How to restore the List of Documents from the last session

If you enable Restore list of documents from last session, the program will load the list of files that you had last time, including individual Item settings. It can help you resume the previous Print Conductor session with all files and settings applied to them.

To restore the List of Documents with individual item settings:

  1. Open Print Conductor and add some files to the List of Documents;
  2. (optional) Apply individual items settings to them via context menu;
  3. Click Yes when this dialog window appears on exiting the program:

Restore the last printing session

OR

  1. Follow steps 1 and 2 as described above;
  2. Go to Settings > Advanced;
  3. Use this configuration:
    Restore list of documents from last session
    Show restore last session dialog

Restore the List of Documents with individual item settings

Q&A

1. What happens if I print from another application while Print Conductor is working?

If you modify Printer Properties, they change for all programs that work for the current user. In other words, when printing through Print Conductor, whatever settings you use are applied for that printer in other programs in real-time.

For example, you start Print Conductor and change the settings via the Printer Properties button. While the Print Conductor window remains open, you start another application such as Microsoft Word and open Printer Properties in it. 

Printer Properties in Microsoft Word

If you change the settings from here, the settings will change again. If you now start printing through Print Conductor, it will print with the latest settings made in Word.

2. How to save preferences made for multiple printers?

If you want Print Conductor to "remember" Printer Properties for two or more printers, use this configuration in the Advanced Settings:
Load printer and properties used last time
Keep changes to printer properties

With this configuration, the program "remembers" all changes made to your printers' settings and keeps them when you start Print Conductor again. It can be very convenient when you work with multiple printers because this way, you can create profiles for each printer.