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Windows 2000 Printing Primer

As with other versions of Windows, before you can print from Windows 2000 Professional, you need to install a printer and the requisite printer driver on your computer. During Windows setup, a printer might have been detected and installed automatically, eliminating the need for you to install a printer manually. In this case, a default printer is already installed, and printing should be fairly effortless from your Windows applications. You can just print without worrying about anything more than turning on the printer, checking that it has paper, and choosing the File, Print command from whatever programs you use.

If you didn't have your printer on or connected during setup, or it isn't a Plug and Play printer, this process might not have happened with success, however. Sometimes, simply plugging in a new printer or having Windows 2000 Professional do a scan for new hardware is enough to get things rolling. I'll talk about installation procedures later, but regardless of your current state of printer connectedness, as a user of Windows 2000 Professional, you should know how to control your print jobs, print to network-based printers, and share your printer for others to use. This chapter covers these topics.


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