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Changing printer driver settings in NiceLabel or the default printer properties in Control Panel

Problem

Each label in NiceLabel is connected to the selected printer and then designed for this printer. Each printer has its own properties such as resolution, ability to print internal fonts and internal bar codes, support for additional memory cards etc. When designing label all these settings of the printer are taken into consideration.

When you create a brand new label, you first have to connect it with a specific printer driver. NiceLabel reads printer's default settings and uses them on the label. These settings are furthermore stored inside the label file and read with every opening of the label. Even if you change the default settings for your printer in the meantime, previously designed and saved labels will preserve their settings from the time of creation.

Solution

Default settings can be set in printer preferences for every printer. All settings you change here will become default settings for this printer from now on and will be applied with every new label. However these default settings can be later modified from within NiceLabel and stored with individual label.

If you change the printer connected to the label with some other printer, as many settings from first printer as possible will be used with the second one. If the printers are mutually compatible (printer models from the same manufacturer tend to be compatible in some extent) chances are that many settings from the first printer will be successfully used with the second one. If some settings could not be transferred to the second printer the default ones will be used instead.

You can choose how NiceLabel will handle the printer settings. Each label can store individial printer driver settings, or each label can recall default settings from the printer driver. To change the mode how printer driver settings are handled, do the following:

  1. Open your label.
  2. Select File -> Label Setup.
  3. Go to Printer tab.
  4. To save all printer settings in the label select Use custom printer settings saved in the label, to recall all printer settings from the driver select Use default printer settings from the printer driver.

To summarize: if you change the printer settings from within NiceLabel, these changes will reflect whenever you open the label at a later time and these changes will apply for this label only. If you change the printer settings from outside of NiceLabel (in Printer Properties dialog box), they will not be applied to already designed labels but will be considered when creating new label from scratch.

When are settings from printer driver applied to the label?

When using he option Use default printer settings from the printer driver, NiceLabel software will load the printer settings when the label is loaded.

If you use NiceLabel software based on the legacy codebase, such as NiceLabel V5 and NiceLabel V6, once the label is loaded any changes to the settings in printer driver will go by unnoticed, until you close all instances of NiceLabel software and open them again.

If you use the new generation of NiceLabel software, such as NiceLabel Automation,  changes to the settings in the printer driver are checked before each print, so you do not have to restart any application.

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