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Chapter 19. Word Processing > Printing Documents

Printing Documents

When a document has been created and formatted, getting that document printed on paper is the ultimate goal for most word processor users. The Print function allows you to specify additional information about the way the document should appear on paper: for example, which pages of the document are to be printed, whether the printing itself should be draft mode or letter quality, how many copies should be made, page orientation (portrait versus landscape), paper size, and whether the printing will be one-sided or two-sided.

Most word processors have a print-preview feature, which displays on the monitor the overall layout of the printed document on paper. In this way, you can see the formatting options before time and paper are wasted printing an incorrect document. Before printing any document, it's important that you first save the document on a diskette or the computer's hard drive. Since printing involves a hardware connection between two different devices, occasionally there are problems that cause a computer to "hang up" on the printer. If you have not saved your document, you could lose it if this happens.


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