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Chapter 7. Printing and Faxing > Setting Printer Properties

Setting Printer Properties

You can change a printer’s default settings through its Properties dialog box. This dialog box varies by printer model because the manufacturer supplies the drivers whose features appear there. Options common to all printers include those in the General and Advanced tabs.

To change a printer’s default settings:

Choose Start > Control Panel > Printers and Other Hardware > Printers and Faxes.

Right-click a printer icon; then choose Properties.

On the following tabs, set the printer’s default properties:

General. Change the printer’s name, location, or comments. To test the printer, click Print Test Page (Figure 7.17).

Figure 7.17. If you’re sharing a printer, add its location and a few helpful comments for other network users to see.

Sharing. See “Sharing a Network Printer” earlier in this chapter.

Ports. Review the printer’s port assignment and configuration. You’ll rarely want to change these settings.

Advanced. Change settings such as printer access hours and spooling (queuing) behavior. (Don’t select Print Directly to the Printer; it disables background printing.) Click Printing Defaults to view or change the default document properties for all users. Click Separator Page to add or change a separator page that prints between documents (Figure 7.18).

Figure 7.18. With shared printers, separator pages make it easy to find your documents among others at the printer. You can create custom separator pages.

Device Settings. These options differ by printer model depending on its features (Figure 7.19).

Figure 7.19. Printer-dependent settings affect such things as color, tray selection, fonts, printer memory, and duplex printing.

Click OK (or Apply).



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