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5. Network Printing Annoyances > MANAGING NETWORK PRINTING

MANAGING NETWORK PRINTING

CHANGE THE ORDER OF PRINT JOBS

The Annoyance:

We often have printing traffic jams. At any given moment, the kids send documents filled with graphics and color to our shared printer. A few seconds later, my wife prints a humongous report that contains charts and has to be on her boss’s desk the next morning. A few seconds after that, I print an important document that I need immediately. I have to wait forever for my document to come out of the printer, which often holds up my dinner, prevents me from watching my favorite TV shows, or keeps me up late. The printer is attached to my computer. Can I force the printer to print my stuff first?

The Fix:

You can try, but it doesn’t always work. Windows has tools to help you manipulate the order in which print jobs are completed, but stuff moves through the printing process so quickly that sometimes your actions are just too late.


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