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Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual, Second Edition by L.J. Zacker, Craig Zacker, David Pogue

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Printing

Fortunately, the setup described so far in this chapter is a one-time-only task. Once it’s over, printing is little more than a one-click operation.

Top: The options in the Print dialog box are different on each printer model and each application, so your Print dialog box may look slightly different. For example, here are the Print dialog boxes from Microsoft Word and WordPad. Most of the time, the factory settings shown here are what you want (one copy, print all pages). Just click OK or Print (or press Enter) to close this dialog box and send the document to the printer. Bottom: During printing, the tiny icon of a printer appears in your notification area. Pointing to it without clicking produces a pop-up tooltip like this that reveals the background printing activity.

Figure 13-5. Top: The options in the Print dialog box are different on each printer model and each application, so your Print dialog box may look slightly different. For example, here are the Print dialog boxes from Microsoft Word and WordPad. Most of the time, the factory settings shown here are what you want (one copy, print all pages). Just click OK or Print (or press Enter) to close this dialog box and send the document to the printer. Bottom: During printing, the tiny icon of a printer appears in your notification area. Pointing to it without clicking produces a pop-up tooltip like this that reveals the background printing activity.

Printing from Applications

After you’ve created a document you want to see on paper, choose FilePrint (or press Ctrl+P). The Print dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 13-5.

This box, too, changes depending on the program you’re using—the Print dialog box in Microsoft Word looks a lot more intimidating than the WordPad version—but here are the basics:

  • Select Printer. If your PC is connected to several printers, or if you’ve created several differently configured icons for the same printer, choose the one you want from this drop-down list or scrolling panel of printer icons.

  • Preferences/Properties. ...

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