Issue 74934 - The "print to file" cannot avoid sending the print job to printer.
Summary: The "print to file" cannot avoid sending the print job to printer.
Alias: None
Product: Impress
Classification: Application
Component: printing (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.2 RC1
Hardware: All Windows, all
: P3 Trivial (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
QA Contact:
Keywords: oooqa
Depends on:
Reported: 2007-02-27 17:58 UTC by raindrops
Modified: 2017-05-20 11:29 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Issue Type: DEFECT
Latest Confirmation in: ---
Developer Difficulty: ---


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Description raindrops 2007-02-27 17:58:45 UTC
The help file says that "print to file" sends the output to a file INSTEAD of a
printer. (in other words, the printer and disk are mutually exclusive
destinations for the print output.)

But in reality, it is not so:
(a) Impress sends the output to printer even if "print to file" is selected
(b) The GUI does not even show these options as mutually exclusive.
   (The "printer" part of the GUI is not optional. Further, it is not grayed out
when we select "print to file")

As a result, OOo will always fire a print, even if the user wants only a soft copy. 

These options must be presented as mutually exclusive alternatives 
(e.g. provide radio buttons for them, so that only one of these options can be
Comment 1 wolframgarten 2007-02-28 08:33:17 UTC
Chnaged to enhancement. Reassigned.
Comment 2 kpalagin 2007-03-01 15:07:52 UTC
Confirming the problem - print job gets sent to the printer even if "Print to 
file" is selected. 
This is not specific to Impress, Writer also behaves the same way.

I strongly disagree with change to enhancement. This issue is really a 
usability defect - no one would expect "Print to file" also generate paper 
Please reconsider the reclassification.
Comment 3 lohmaier 2007-03-13 17:18:36 UTC
Is no enhancement for sure, back to defect and back to default owner. 
But I cannot reproduce on linux. Thus most likely a windows-only problem.

Please provide more info. (What OS, what printer-driver, etc)

(And of course the printer part is not disabled, since you save the
printer-driver's output to the file)
Comment 4 raindrops 2007-03-13 18:59:15 UTC
Win XP, printers are HP laserJet and Lexmark Z11.
Comment 5 kpalagin 2007-03-13 20:24:42 UTC
Windows XP printing to both local (Kyocera Mita, HPDJ) and networked (HPLJ 
4050 on Windows Server 2003) printers.
Comment 6 raindrops 2007-03-14 03:23:03 UTC
In my case, my PC at work sends the print job to a LaserJet printer on LAN. That
printer is not connected through Windows Server: During installation, we pointed
to the printer by using its IP (using Windows printer wizard). 

AT home, my PC is connected directly to a Z11 printer, from its printer port.

Both PCs run on Win XP SP-2, and behave identically. 
Comment 7 kpalagin 2007-06-07 13:02:34 UTC
Dear developers,
any news on this issue?
Comment 8 wolframgarten 2008-06-03 13:13:37 UTC
I have tried to reproduce this problem from time to time (latest try now with a
OOo 3.0 beta) but I had no problems . When we are not able to reproduce this we
cannot fix anything.
Comment 9 raindrops 2008-06-04 11:10:15 UTC
Strange! Can you describe your own experience, step-by-step? How is it different
from mine and kpalagin's experience? I have confirmed this on more PCs as well!
Comment 10 Marcus 2017-05-20 11:29:37 UTC
Reset assigne to the default "".