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Does the PDF-XChange printer driver need to be set as the default printer in order to function?

Question:

Does the PDF-XChange printer driver need to be set as the default printer in order to function?

Please note that a user asked this question in the Tracker Software forum. They were using version 4 of the printer driver and noticed that the sample code temporarily set the printer driver as the default printer in Windows when it ran. They wanted to know why this process was necessary.

Answer:

There is only one specific case where the version 4 PDF-XChange printer driver needed to be the default printer. This is when the developer application prints to an external file and it is not possible to specify programmatically the printer to which the external application should send the output. (For example when the output is a Word document and Microsoft Word is used as the viewer/print output method. All applications use the default printer is cases such as this).

The PDF-XChange printer driver does not need to be the default printer in any other cases.

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