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Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mavericks Edition by David Pogue

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Making the Printout

You can’t miss the Print dialog box. It appears, like it or not, whenever you choose File→Print in one of your programs.

The options you encounter depend on the printer you’re using. They also depend on whether or not you expand the dialog box by clicking the Show Details button. That reveals a lot of useful options, including a handy preview; see Figure 9-3.

If you expand the box, the choices you find vary by printer. But here are the common options:

  • Printer. If you have more than one printer connected to your Mac, then you can indicate which one you want to use for a particular printout by choosing its name from this pop-up menu.

  • Presets. Here’s a way to preserve your favorite print settings: Once you’ve proceeded through this dialog box, specifying the number of copies, which printer trays you want the paper taken from, and so on, you can choose Save As from the pop-up menu and then assign your settings set a name (like “Borderless, 2 copies”). Thereafter, you’ll be able to recreate that elaborate suite of settings simply by choosing its name from this pop-up menu.

    Bottom: Most of the time, all you want is one darned copy of what’s on your screen. So the standard Print dialog box is spartan indeed: You get a preview that you can page through, page controls, and a Print button.Top: But when you expand the box by clicking Show Details, you get a new world of options. You can specify which orientation you want for the printout, how much you want it reduced or magnified, and so on. On the Layout pane, you can save paper by choosing a higher number from the Pages per Sheet pop-up menu.

    Figure 9-3. Bottom: Most of the time, all you want is one darned copy of what’s on your screen. So the standard Print dialog box is spartan indeed: You get a preview that you can page through, page controls, and a Print button. Top: But when you expand the box by clicking Show Details, you get a new world ...

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