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Chapter 6. Printing and Faxing > Changing a Printer's Properties

Changing a Printer's Properties

Each printer driver has a Properties sheet of associated settings (typically enough to choke a horse). The basic settings are covered in this chapter, whereas you'll find those relating to network printer sharing in Chapter 16. Printer drivers dictate, among other things, the particular options available on their Properties sheet. Because of the variations possible, the following sections describe the gist of these options without necessarily going into detail about each printer type. (In other words, your fancy new printer might have options we've never even heard of).

The settings pertaining to a printer are called properties. When you add a printer, the wizard puts the icon for it into the Printers and Faxes folder, and it's ready to go. At that point, you can accept the default properties or alter the properties as follows:


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