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Lesson 12. Printing > Printing from an Application

Printing from an Application

The steps for printing from any Windows application are very similar. The biggest difference is that some dialog box options change from program to program. Most programs offer a Print icon on the toolbar that you can click to print one copy of the job; although in some programs, the print icon displays the Print dialog box. To print from a Windows application, follow these steps:

  1. Choose File, Print, and the Print dialog box appears. Figure 12.2 shows the Print dialog box in the WordPad accessory program with the General tab selected.

    Figure 12.2. Use the Print dialog box to specify printing options such as which printer to use. From here you can also add a new printer.

  2. Set any of the printing options described in the following list. Some applications will offer more specialized options; see a particular application's Help feature if you have questions:

    Print Range: Specify the pages you want to print. For example, you can print all pages, the current page, a range of pages, or a selection of text (which you select before opening the Print dialog box).

    Number of Copies: Enter the number of copies you want to print. Often, you can choose a print order (front to back, for example) and whether to collate the copies or not. Choose Collate if you want the printer to sort or create sets of your documents when you are printing multiple copies.

    Print to File: Prints the document into a file, which you can use to print your document from a computer that doesn't have the program you used to create it. (You then print the file by typing print filename at the DOS prompt of any computer. All document formatting is preserved.)

    Printer: If you have several printers available, you can choose the printer to which you want to send the job.

    Layout: Choose from Portrait or Landscape printing.

    Paper/Quality: This screen will change as it is printer dependent. Here, you select paper sizes, sources, and types (such as photo quality paper if you are printing on a color printer).

  3. When you're ready to print, click Print. Windows sends the job to the printer.



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