Chapter 36. Printing Documents and Screenshots

Windows 7, in and of itself, doesn't print documents. The main reason is that Windows 7 can't even open documents. You use programs, not Windows, to print documents. Typically, you open the document first by clicking or double-clicking its icon. Then, you print the document from the program that opens.

This chapter looks at different ways to print documents. As everyone knows, printer ink, toner, and paper are expensive. For that reason, I'll be sure to present some techniques to help you get the most for your printing buck.

Printing a Document

If you have a printer, using it should be easy. First, you want to make sure that the printer is turned on, has paper, and is ready to go. Then if the document you want to print is open and on the screen, do whichever of the following is most convenient:

  • Choose File

    Printing a Document
  • Click the Print button in the program's toolbar.

  • Press Ctrl+P.

In many cases, you can print a document, or several documents, without first opening the document. To print a single document that way, right-click its icon and choose Print. To print multiple documents, select the icons first, using any technique from Chapter 29. Then click the Print button in the toolbar. Or, right-click any selected icon and choose Print, as shown ...

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