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Chapter 7. Printing and Faxing > Printing Documents

Printing Documents

After your printer is up and running, printing a document is a simple operation.

To print a document:

Open the document that you want to print.

Choose File > Print (or press Ctrl+P).

In the Print dialog box (Figure 7.20), select the printer and print options.

Figure 7.20. Print dialog boxes vary by program and printer model, but you’ll find some common settings. Here are Print dialog boxes for Notepad (top), Microsoft Word (middle), and Microsoft Streets & Trips (bottom).

This dialog box varies by printer model and program, but the basic settings are:

Select Printer. Choose a local or network printer from the list or scrolling panel. If you’ve created several icons for different modes of the same printer, choose among them here.

Preferences/Properties. Click this to open the Preferences or Properties dialog box (Figure 7.21).

Figure 7.21. This dialog box lets you specify paper size (for multiple trays), orientation (landscape or portrait), print quality (dots per inch), and so on. These settings apply to the current printout, not to the printer in general.

Page Range. Specify which pages of the document to print. The Selection option is dimmed if you didn’t highlight any text before you opened the Print dialog box.

Copies. Specify the number of copies to print. You’ll usually want to turn on collation for multiple copies.

Program-specific settings. Any program can add extra features to the Print dialog box. Right-click an option; then click What’s This? for pop-up help.

Click Print or OK (or press Enter).



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