1) Have no printers installed 2) Load a page in Mozilla 3) Print Preview 4) Curse inability to get it Ok, now it sounds obvious, but why do you need a printer for print preview? Wanting to print preview a page should be allowed for those without printers, because it's not always done with the intention to print. Unless there is any functional requirement, to possess a printer, in order for print preview to work, then I suggest that this dependancy not be forced, and the 'no printer' error message be left to the print buttons. When designing pages at home (with no printer) I would like to use the print preview button to see how it would end up being printed.. is a fix for this problem easy, and is it worthwhile in anyone elses eyes?
I understand why you want to do it, but it needs a printer to do print preview, because it uses the printer's info to set up for PP. You should install a printer (post script) and when you set it up instead of printing to LPT1: etc, have it print to a file "FILE:" Then if you like, you should get a copy of ghostview/ghostscript that can read and diplay postscript output (it's free). I do a lot of my testing this way instead of wasting paper. Then PrintPreview will work. Or actually you could just install a printer and you don't have to have it hooked up for PP to work.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 17 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
what exactly does it need from printer? print preview on linux will work fine w/o a printer ..
Point taken 'rods', and perhaps as being slightly more than a normal user, I can work my way around this. However with Vadim's comment, that linux doesn't need a printer installed, wouldn't it be nice to have Mozilla behave the same way in this respect on each platform?
Status: RESOLVED → VERIFIED
*** Bug 193598 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
But why IE on the same platform does not need an installed printer? Why on Linux it does not needs a printer? Can we emulate some standart printer just to have a print preview without a printer?
Eugene Savitsky wrote: > But why IE on the same platform does not need an installed printer? Why on > Linux it does not needs a printer? On Linux there is always the "PostScript/default" printer so there is always a printer present on Linux.
Even MS Office needs a printer installed to do print preview, it is not a Mozilla only problem. Just add any printer (a good laser one for nice previews) into Windows any you are Ok. As said, you don't have to physically connect the printer. You just need any printer driver, or choose from the Windows default ones. Actually it is correct, if the preview depends on a printer. It should show how the page will look on the specific printer and not some generic hypotetical device. In needs to know its DPI resolution etc. And it gives vastly different renderings with differrent printers (which may be a bug but it works this way now).
*** Bug 269732 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 269968 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 274063 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
(In reply to comment #6) > But why IE on the same platform does not need an installed printer? This question still hasn't been answered. (In reply to comment #8) > Just add any printer (a good laser one for nice previews) into Windows any you > are Ok. As said, you don't have to physically connect the printer. You just need > any printer driver, or choose from the Windows default ones. The user should not need to do carry out this step, Firefox should provide this as default just like IE. After being closed for 6 years I think this issue should be looked at again.
Given that (a) this works fine on Mac and Linux (b) we need this to work on Windows for our test suite, and (c) we're 90% there in bug 702678, I'm going to convert this into a duplicate of that bug.
Status: VERIFIED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 17 years ago → 5 years ago
Resolution: WONTFIX → DUPLICATE
Duplicate of bug: 702678
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