Topics and tasks in this chapter
Updating your printer and scanner
Fixing common problems
Installing a printer's ink cartridge
Installing a printer
Fixing a printer that doesn't print
Keeping words from running off the page
Installing a scanner
Scanning with Windows 7 software
Installing printers and scanners has never been easier. Most printers and scanners now come combined as one unit. You install the printer or scanner's software, plug in the new printer or scanner, and Windows automatically recognizes it and introduces your new printer or scanner to all your programs.
This chapter walks you through the steps you need to take, from buying the right printer or scanner for your needs, to fixing the problems when Windows' world of automation somehow leaves something stuck.
Printers have never been so inexpensive. Unless you're a graphic arts professional, it makes sense to buy a combination printer/scanner, known in the business as an "all-in-one." By combining the two, stand-alone models not only simplify printing and scanning, but also morph into a stand-alone copy machine.
Unlike other computer parts, the vast majority of printers work with every PC. Some wireless printers appear in your network (Chapter 15) as soon as they're plugged in and turned on. Almost every other printer plugs in through the ubiquitous USB port, a staple on every PC, laptop, and netbook.
Unfortunately, you'll probably have to supply your own USB cable: Most ...