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Chapter 7. Printing and Faxing > Using Desktop Printers

Using Desktop Printers

The typical method for printing a document goes something like this: You open an application, open a document, click the File menu, and then click Print. While the majority of the time that's exactly what you want to do; especially if you need to make minor corrections to the document before printing, there is an easier way to go from document to printer: Desktop printers. Desktop printers give you the ability to create an icon of a printer, and with a drag and a drop, print a document using any connected printer (). Not only is this method fast, it gives you the ability to print from two or more connected printers at a time. Printer icons can be located on the desktop, inside a folder, or even placed in the Dock.

Use Desktop Printers

Click the Apple menu, click System Preferences, and then click the Print & Fax icon.

Click the Printing tab.

Click Set Up Printers.

Select a printer from the available options.

Click the Printers menu, and then click Create Desktop Printer.

Select a name and location for the printer, and then click Save.

Close both windows by clicking the Close button.

To print a document, drag a file over the desktop printer icon.

If the application opens, make any changes to your print options, and then click Print.


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