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Chapter 5. Printing > Printing is slow to start or complete

5.7. Printing is slow to start or complete

Windows 2000 provides print spooling to enable printing to occur in the background. An application prints a job, Windows 2000 intercepts it and sends it to the spool, and then Windows 2000 takes care of sending the job to the printer on behalf of the application. When you install and configure a printer, you can set it up to spool or to print directly to the printer, bypassing the spooler.

Using the spooler offers the advantage of giving you control of the application more quickly so you can continue working while Windows 2000 takes care of printing the document. If you find that your application waits until the print job is complete before giving you back control, it's a good sign that spooling is turned off for that printer.


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