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Chapter 6. Printing and Faxing > Windows XP Printing Primer

Windows XP Printing Primer

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 successfully. Sometimes simply plugging in a new printer or having Windows 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 XP, 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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