Tips for Using the Ventura Print Dialog

When you want to print a document or web page you need to go through the Print Dialog on your Mac. This is where you set all of the options before sending the document to your printer. Learn how to use the new Print Dialog in macOS Ventura along with lots of tips and tricks.

Comments: 15 Responses to “Tips for Using the Ventura Print Dialog”

    Howard Brazee
    1 month ago

    There is a bug in Ventura. My wife has a 24" M1 Mac with display resolution set to the largest type. When she pulls up the print dialog, the bottom line that includes PDF, Cancel, & Print is not on the screen. We can't scroll to that line, but I found out that I can click on the ">" of whatever option is on the bottom. Now that print line becomes accessible.

    1 month ago

    Howard: I show that exact bug and the solution right in this very video.

    Kevin Smith
    1 month ago

    I have tried to configure and save a “Custom Preset” print profile available for my printer (the only one in the house): 2-sided, 96% scaling, but the scaling returns to 100% even after selecting the custom preset. The 2-sided option is properly set to on as configured. I must manually change the scaling each time. Is the scaling not designed to persist in a custom preset? Also, Auto Rotate is checked by default. Is this somehow causing the scaling to change? Thanks.

    1 month ago

    Kevin: Perhaps not? Since document sizes vary, maybe those properties aren't saved since they have more to do with the document than the printer?

    Anders Kempe
    1 month ago

    In Microsoft Windows it is easy to print only the selected area e.g. some text and graphics on a web page. I have not found an easy solution how to do this in MacOS.

    Louis Martin
    4 weeks ago

    I have a Xerox 6180N colour laser printer which still works great after more than 10 years. On Ventura 13.1 on my new Mac mini M1, there is no specific Xerox printer driver for this model so I use the generic laser printer. I have installed a few Gutenberg drivers but I am not able to get a consistent print dialog box that gives me the option of printing a coloured text in B/W as before. I sometimes get grayscale which is not the same. Any suggestion to get a preset with B/W ? Thanks.

    4 weeks ago

    Louis: Sorry, I'm not sure what else you could try.

    Tess
    4 weeks ago

    I used to be able to print with staples and three hole punch, but now I cannot find it! I've been through every setting in the dialogue box to no avail and this teacher is getting really frustrated. Any suggestions on how to find it again? I use it every day!

    4 weeks ago

    Tess: That would be something added by the drivers from your printer. So refer to the printer's site/support to get help with that.

    Jen W.
    1 week ago

    Just upgraded to Ventura. When using the "save as PDF" function I now have to enter a name for the PDF. With the previous mac OS Monterey print diaglog it automatically retained the file name of the document. Do you know how I can change this in Ventura to retain the file name?

    1 week ago

    Jen: In which app?

    Jen W.
    1 week ago

    Hi Gary, it's happening with all apps. Word, Excel, Vectorworks (my CAD program). The Cad program is the most problematic. I make PDF's of drawings all the time. Sometimes 50 drawings individually. Hoping to save time by not haivng to retype the file name.

    1 week ago

    Jen: Not sure what you are experiencing. I created a document in Word. I called it test.docx and saved it. Then I went to File, Print. Then I clicked on PDF. The Save dialog that appeared had test.pdf filled in.

    Jen W.
    1 week ago

    OK. Thank you. I was hoping it was a simple setting change. What you described is how it worked before I upgraded to Ventura

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