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Using "Print using system dialogue" as default in Firefox

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I'd like Firefox to automatically use the "Print using the system dialogue" setting:

Screenshot of the Firefox print dialogue

In older versions, I could use

print.tab_modal.enabled = false 

in about:config to automatically get the normal system print dialogue, but this options no longer works in Firefox 97.

(in case it matters, my operation system is macOS 11.6)

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looks like this might be coming back soon: https://hg.mozilla.org/integration/autoland/rev/27f08073ca... (1 comment)

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Oh Mozilla...

There are quite a few reports in Mozilla's bugzilla i could find about this feature being removed.


I particularly want to highlight a comment by R. Longson in one of these reports (https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1755848#c2):

The preference print.tab_modal.enabled was removed before the expected replacement using an enterprise policy is ready. You can follow bug 1712104 for progress.


Thus, in my entirely subjective opinion, i would suggest to either switch back to an older Firefox version or wait for the policy-based solution (https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1712104) mentioned in R. Longson's comment. If you choose the latter, i would additionally suggest to prepare a few coffee thermos', because who knows how long one would have to wait until Mozilla will come around implementing this... :-(

If the feature is important to you, it might perhaps help pushing things forward a little by politely making a stink in the related bugzilla issue (https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1712104).

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Big pot of coffee ready for the wait! Thanks for digging up all this information! (2 comments)
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Good news! With Firefox Nightly 102.0a1 there is now an option in about:config called

print.prefer_system_dialog

If this is set to true, the system print dialogue will be used automatically.

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... and the bad news are that firefox changed the behaviour of the findbar after 100, so I can choose... (1 comment)

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