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Hour 16. Understanding Printing and Fonts > Introduction to Spooled Printing

Introduction to Spooled Printing

When you print documents, Windows automatically starts the printer subsystem, a program within Windows that handles printing requests. The printer subsystem controls all printing from within Windows. Windows spools output through the printer subsystem. When spooled, the print job first goes to a disk file, managed by the printer subsystem, before being sent directly to the printer.

By routing printed output to a spooled disk file instead of sending the output directly to the printer, you can intercept it before that output goes to paper. That gives you more control over how the output appears on the printer. You also can select which printer receives the output in case more than one printer is connected to your computer.


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