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Le 2012-06-05 16:36, Marc Paré a écrit :
Thanks everyone,

Le 2012-06-04 23:41, Marc Paré a écrit :
I am writing a page in landscape mode (US Letter) and in 2 columns but
when I print it keep printing in portrait mode. Here is what I did:

* I created a new page (US Letter default to portrait)
* then Format->Page->Page -> checked Landscape
* then Format->Page->Columns ->2

Typed in some test text in both columns and printed the page, but the
page keeps coming out in "Portrait" format.

What am I missing?


After fiddling quite a bit and passing through pages multiple times
though my printer here is the solution:

For some reason, LibreOffice, at the point of print, will open the print
window and choose the printer driver "pdf" for my Samsung printer, which
will not allow any "landscape" formatted documents at all (even without
columns). It will only print in "portrait" mode.

The fix is to change the driver to "PostScript"
(Print->Properties->Device(tab)->Printer Language Type-> "PostScript
(Level from driver))

I believe this is a problem with the system setup and less to do with
LibreOffice. However, Acrobat Reader does print correctly in cases where
landscape mode is not possible.

Thanks for all of the help and suggestions!



One final note on this. I traced the problem back to a misbehaving linux printer driver. Here are the details.

NOTE: The following fix is really for users on the Mageia Linux distro, but could adapt this to your distro (except for MS Windows platform -- I am not sure if the driver is also misbehaving on the Windows platform)

*** NOTE: The problem occurred with a Samsung SCX-4200 Multifunction Laser Printer. ***


The problem is the driver and dependencies that was supplied with the Samsung SCX-4200; the driver is no longer supported by Samsung and this is most likely the reason why "landscape mode" does not work due to missing dependencies (the driver is expecting older dependencies to make landscape mode work).

Please use the driver found on the "" website that is maintained by the Linux Foundation[1]. The driver is called the "SpliX" driver (the acronym means: "Samsung Printer Language -- for linux) -- SPL is a printing language that Samsung uses and that some other printer makers license from Samsung.

Once downloaded (there are .deb and .rpm packages available -- Mageia uses .rpm!), double-click on your downloaded file and it will install all of the missing dependencies.

After installation, test-try your printer by opening a .odt file in LibreOffice and ask for it to be printed in Landscape mode. It should work properly.

If the file does not print properly, then you still have the older driver installed by default. To correct this:

* open MCC (Mageia Control Centre)
* left-hand panel -- click on Hardware
* right-hand panel -- click on "Set-up the printers ..."
* right-click on "SamsunG-SCX-4200 ..."
* choose "Properties"
* choose "Maker and model"->Modify
* wait till system finds all of the drivers
* choose "Samsung"
* choose "Next"
* choose "Samsung SCX-4200 SpliX 2.0.0 (OpenPrinting LSB 3.2)"
* choose "Next"
* CHOOSE "Use this new PPD file (Postscript Printer Description) as is"
* choose "Apply"
* print a "test" page from the MCC Printer Setup page
* the output should have a line that says "Make and model: Samsung SCX-4200, sPLIx 2.0.0 (OpenPrinting LSB 3.2)"
* Done!

Test the new driver

* close LibreOffice if open
* open LibreOffice
* create a new page in landscape mode (or open a file that is made for landscape mode)
* print

Hope this helps anyone else with these problems.



[1] (the driver is on the bottom of this page) (*** NOTE: the driver also works for a large number of Samsung, Dell, Xerox printers. See page here for supporter printers: ***)

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