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Chapter 14. Printing and Faxing Your Cre... > Setting Up Your Printer in Windows - Pg. 133

Printing and Faxing Your Creations 133 Setting Up Your Printer in Windows You can't just plug your printer into the printer port on your system unit and expect it to work. No, that would be far too easy. You also need to install a printer driver--instructions that tell your pro- grams how to use your printer. (If you have a printer that supports plug-and-play, Windows leads you through the installation at startup.) In Windows, you install one printer driver that tells Windows how to communicate with the printer. All your applications then communicate with the printer through Windows. When you set up a printer, Windows asks for the following information: · Printer make and model--Windows comes with printer drivers for most common printers. In addition, your printer might have come with a disk containing an updated printer driver. · Printer port--This is the connector at the back of the system unit into which you plug the printer. Most printers connect the LPT1 port, but many newer printers use the USB port. If you're not sure, but you know that the printer is plugged into the parallel printer port, try LPT1 (see Chapter 2, "Kick-Starting Your Computer" for information on identifying the ports). Techno Talk