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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 technology  research  practice

A Technology Tip

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If you routinely print two or more kinds of documents, each requiring its own printer settings, you’ve probably found it frustrating to have to re-enter all the printer properties every time you change documents.

There is actually a very simple trick to avoid having to do this. Simply install the same printer two or more times, but with different names and settings.

This way, you simply select the “printer” that has the group of print settings you want each time you print.

To install a printer with new print settings in Windows, go to Start, Settings, Printers, and click the Add Printer icon. Install the printer as you would normally, inserting the driver disk if you have it. When you come to the screen where you name your printer, name it something that differentiates it from your default printer. The name should also remind you of what the special printer settings are. For example, “”HP4landscape””.

When you finish, right-click on your new printer and select Properties. Enter the special print settings for the new printer, and click OK.

Now, when you want to print using the new print settings, you can just select appropriate printer name from your program’s Print dialog box.

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