Bug 123076 - New print dialog: Page Format is always A4
Summary: New print dialog: Page Format is always A4
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Printing and PDF export (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
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Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: Print-Dialog
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Reported: 2019-01-30 23:49 UTC by Xisco Faulí
Modified: 2019-07-10 16:44 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

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2019-05-08 11:45 UTC, Heiko Tietze

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Description Xisco Faulí 2019-01-30 23:49:19 UTC
Steps to reproduce:
1. Open Writer
2. Go to Format - Page -> Change Format to something different from A4 ( e.g. A6 )
3. Go to File - Print

Behaviour: On top of print preview it says A4
Comment 1 himajin100000 2019-01-31 00:35:58 UTC
I believe that page style is not in what paper you print with.
Print preview opens first with the "default paper for the printer", and the paper you use can be changed via Page Layout->Paper size on the right side of the dialog.

On my windows 10 machine, I can change my default paper via:
control panel->Devices and Printers->(select my printer)->right click->Printer's preference

I have Brother's printer DCP-J973N, and this printer can print only up to A4, but I have a friend who has a printer capable of printing A3, and I want to make a file for him. Which one should I change?
Comment 2 Xisco Faulí 2019-03-13 19:08:13 UTC
ok, let's close it as RESOLVED NOTABUG
Comment 3 Thomas Lendo 2019-05-06 05:44:00 UTC
I want reopen this bug because I don't understand the intention of such a behavior. The print preview should always and automatically show the paper size that the user has chosen in the page style if it fits to the possibilities of the chosen printer.

Now, the print preview ALWAYS shows A4 paper size regardless of what the paper size of the page style is (for example: A3) and regardless of what the printer can print in reality (for example: A3 is also possible).

Therefore this is a bug.

It's bad usability to force the user to change something in the print dialog what was defined well in page style and in printer options. If both are compatible, nothing should be done manually by the user anyway.

The old print dialog behaves as described by me.

Steps to reproduce:
1. Open Writer.
2. Change page style in Format > Page... > Page to a format that your default printer of your operating system can print but NOT A4 (or what default paper size you have in your locale).
3. Open the print dialog with File > Print.

Actual result:
Print preview in the print dialog shows an A4 page regardless of that your page style format is available in the paper size list box at the right half of the print dialog.

Expected result:
If the selected printer can print your chosen page format in the page style dialog, this page format should be automatically shown in the preview and chosen in the paper size list box.
Comment 4 Heiko Tietze 2019-05-08 11:45:49 UTC
Created attachment 151241 [details]
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We talk about Print > Preview, not Print Preview. The paper size depend on what is set at Format > Page, defaulting to A4 when the locale is metric or letter in case of English (USA), for example. The preview says A4 but shows the actual value and when explicitly set to A4 it updates the preview. => bug
Comment 5 himajin100000 2019-07-10 16:44:54 UTC

just a guess: mePaper is not changed since its initial value?