Network Printing

When you're on a network, it's likely that no printer is plugged directly into your computer—but somewhere in the building, connected to your machine by cables, sits a shared printer (or several). To find out what printers you can use, choose StartSettingsPrinters; the Printers window opens, showing the icons for any printers whose software you've installed, along with an Add Printer icon.

If the printer icons all have cryptic names, right-click each in turn, selecting Properties from each shortcut menu. The resulting dialog box usually provides more information (see Figure 13-9) about the type of printer and where it is.

Left: The checkmark means this printer is the one your Windows programs will use by default (unless you specify a different printer). Right: If you right-click a printer and select Properties, you'll see all sorts of information about the printer (if your network administrator has supplied it), including its location and features.

Figure 13-9. Left: The checkmark means this printer is the one your Windows programs will use by default (unless you specify a different printer). Right: If you right-click a printer and select Properties, you'll see all sorts of information about the printer (if your network administrator has supplied it), including its location and features.

Selecting an Everyday Printer

If you're lucky enough to have several printers you can use, you need to set one as your default printer—the one your Windows printouts will go to unless you change the setting.

To specify your favorite printer, right-click its icon in the Printers window; choose Set As Default Printer from the shortcut menu (Figure 13-9, left).

Adding a Network Printer

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