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Upgrading and Fixing Computers: Do-it-Yourself For Dummies® by Andy Rathbone

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Chapter 4. Printers and Scanners

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.

Updating Your Printer

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.

Tip

Unfortunately, you'll probably have to supply your own USB cable: Most ...

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