Bug 61607 - PRINTING: Printing dialog doesn't remember the "Document" value (Slides/Handouts/Notes/Outline)
Summary: PRINTING: Printing dialog doesn't remember the "Document" value (Slides/Hando...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Impress (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: high minor
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: needsDevEval
Depends on:
Blocks: Print-Dialog
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Reported: 2013-02-28 10:18 UTC by Stephan
Modified: 2023-12-29 15:44 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description Stephan 2013-02-28 10:18:16 UTC
Problem description: 

A very annoying "feature" of newer versions of LO is that the printing dialog doesn't remember that you printed handouts. Let's say you need to first print handouts for slides 1-50, then from 100-110, then from 130-140. Every time you open the printing dialog again, it is set back to the "Slides" default, which is very impractical and illogical from a user's point of view. It doesn't need to remember this setting on saving and loading the ODP file, but within one session, it should. 

And yes, this *did* work with an older LO/OOo version, I just don't remember when that changed.

Steps to reproduce:
1. Just open an ODP file and print handouts several times.

Current behavior:
Doesn't remember value for Print-Document pull-down menu between printing

Expected behavior:
Should remember value for Print-Document pull-down menu between printing
Operating System: Windows XP
Version: release
Comment 1 Joel Madero 2013-02-28 18:11:26 UTC
None of our print settings are currently saved outside of Writer, this is a known issue and I am currently investigating the issue. As for it working in the past, I can say that I went all the way back to 3.6 alpha and the issue existed. If you can point to a particular version that did work, I'd be interested to see it as it might have code pointers for me to fix the problem.

This may very well be a duplicate but I'm not sure where the dupe is, if someone finds it please mark it as such.

If anyone else dives into the code here are some pointers:

Writer successfully stores settings but does it incorrectly, code can be found here:


incorrect in that the settings are stored even if you click Cancel, the function is called MUCH too often (any time to tick/untick a box, instead of just when you click Ok)

the general print options are here:


If someone wants to work on it with me, feel free to email me.

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As I've been able to confirm this problem on an earlier release I am changing the version number as version is the earliest version that we can confirm the bug, we use comments to say that the bug exists in newer versions as well.

Marking as:

New (confirmed)
Minor (doesn't prevent high quality work but it does slow it down)
High (you'd expect settings to be stored, can get frustrating to have to set it every time you open the dialog)

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Comment 2 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2013-10-19 00:12:04 UTC
Remove comma from whiteboard.
Comment 3 Joel Madero 2014-02-27 23:03:42 UTC
In order to limit the confusion between ProposedEasyHack and EasyHack and to make queries much easier we are changing ProposedEasyHack to NeedsDevEval.

Thank you and apologies for the noise
Comment 4 Stephan 2014-03-08 00:22:02 UTC
This seems to be getting worse. With version: (Build ID: d7dbbd7842e6a58b0f521599204e827654e1fb8b), Win7 64bit, when printing "handouts", not even the "slides per page" are remembered any longer between printing jobs, it is always reset to the "default" (6 slides per page). Not only do you have to select "Handouts" every time, you also have to set it to the proper slides per page if you want to print handouts. Very annoying.
Comment 5 Timur 2015-10-14 12:03:02 UTC
Please look whether this is a duplicate of Bug 80866 and check with new 5.0.2 version.
Comment 6 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2015-12-13 11:21:37 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 7 QA Administrators 2017-10-23 14:08:24 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 8 eisa01 2019-11-03 16:16:20 UTC
This is still present, also inherited from OOo as present in 3.3 too

Build ID: 80109586e6cb6d3e2e0a53a9079c3125ec9b8368
CPU threads: 4; OS: Mac OS X 10.14.6; UI render: default; VCL: osx; 
Locale: en-US (en_US.UTF-8); UI-Language: en-US
Calc: threaded
Comment 9 QA Administrators 2021-11-03 04:31:21 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 10 QA Administrators 2023-11-04 03:14:58 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 11 eisa01 2023-12-29 15:44:11 UTC
Still present

Version: (AARCH64) / LibreOffice Community
Build ID: 5f390384195b7264c6e52add9e90a39790285249
CPU threads: 10; OS: macOS 14.2; UI render: Skia/Metal; VCL: osx
Locale: en-US (en_US.UTF-8); UI: en-US
Calc: threaded