Before Diving In . . .
Before I even start talking about hooking up printers, you should know a few essential things. So here’s a little list that tells you just what those things are:
Read the documentation that came with your printer. Hundreds of different printer makes and models are available for the Mac, so if I contradict something in your printer manual, follow your manual’s instructions first. If that effort doesn’t work, try the techniques in this chapter.
The Print and Page Setup sheets differ slightly (or even greatly) from program to program and from printer to printer. Although the examples I show you in this chapter are representative of what you’ll probably encounter, you might come across sheets that look a bit different. For example, the Print and Page Setup sheets for Microsoft Word include choices that I don’t cover in this chapter (such as Even or Odd Pages Only, Print Hidden Text, and Print Selection Only). If you see commands in your Print or Page Setup sheet that I don’t explain here, they’re specific to that application; look within its documentation for an explanation. Similarly, many graphics apps — such as Apple’s iPhoto, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop ...