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Chapter 7. When You Can't Print > Your Dialog Boxes May Vary

Your Dialog Boxes May Vary

Printer drivers are the files in your Extensions folder that appear in the Chooser window. They have names that generally correspond to the printer you are using (such as LaserWriter 8 or SC 900). In some cases, especially LaserWriter 8, the driver works with a variety of printers and you need to select the specific file that matches your model. I'll explain the details of how this all works in a moment. For now, the point I wish to make is that the information in Page Setup and Print dialog boxes, accessed from most File menus, is determined by what printer driver you use.

Unfortunately, making sweeping generalizations about these dialog boxes and other printer-related commands is nearly impossible. One reason for this is that with the proliferation of different printers differences in the appearance of the dialog boxes are similarly proliferating. However, even if you stick with the same printer and printer driver, these dialog boxes and commands may vary, sometimes dramatically, because of differences in the different versions of the printer driver.


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