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Archive for the ‘Printing Help’ Category



EZ Printing

Friday, November 19th, 2004

EZ Printing

Need to print a recently used document? Don’t waste the next 2 minutes of your life opening up Word, Excel, Notepad etc, then digging around for the document, finally opening it up, hitting the print button, and dealing with any dialog boxes that may pop up. I have a faster way you’re gonna love! Try this:

Click the Start button, My Recent Documents. Right-click the

Sharing Printers

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Sharing Printers

Do you have more than one computer but only one printer? If you have the computers networked together, you can enable printer sharing on the computer with the printer. This is done under the Network icon in the Control Panel .

Then, install the networked printer you created above on the second computer. You do this from the Printers folder in My Computer ( XP users… Continue reading

New Printer Installation

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Q:
I want to install a new printer. Do I need to remove my old one first?

A:
Nope. Windows supports multiple printers, so you can install the new printer without removing the old one. If you really want to ax the old one, click the Start button, Settings, Printers . Your printer screen will open up. Right-click the printer you want eliminated and select Delete from the… Continue reading

Quickie Printing

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

Quickie Printing

Need to print a recently used document? Don’t waste time opening up the application you created it in, I’ve got a faster way.

Click the Start button , Documents . Right-click the document you want and select Print from the resulting menu. The document’s application will run, open the document, then print it for you. All automatically.

If you don’t see the document you want to print listed… Continue reading

Save Color Ink: Print in Grayscale

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Save Color Ink: Print in Grayscale

Printing is expensive, especially when you’re printing out web pages and such because there is so much color ink involved.

Well, if you don’t mind black & white, you should be able to set your printer to print in either a grayscale or B&W mode by default. You can later turn this option off if you decide you need a document printed in color.… Continue reading

Web Page Printing: Date, Time, URL, etc.

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Do you like to print out web pages? If so, do you become annoyed at all the header and footer information that gets printed on each and every page? You know, the web address, title, date, mother’s maiden name, etc? Internet Explorer and Firefox let you do this.

Well, with Internet Explorer, you can get that adjusted right out of there, or customize it. Here’s how:

1. Click… Continue reading

How to not print webpage backgrounds

Monday, November 15th, 2004

It’s a matter of ink consumption, or perhaps some people just don’t want the distraction of a background when they’re printing a web page. Whatever the case may be, a few folks have contacted me with questions on how to print a web page without the backgrounds. I’m glad to say that not only do I have an answer, but it’s super easy to do, too! Let’s do this!

With… Continue reading

Color Printing Issues

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Q:
When I print in color green comes out blue and yellow comes out white. How do I correct this.

A:
First, let’s start with how an inkjet printer works: everything you see is made up of 3 colors—magenta (red), cyan (blue), and yellow. Some printers have a seperate black cartridge, while others create black using a combination of all three.

When you choose a color, your computer… Continue reading

Selective Printing

Friday, November 12th, 2004

I’d like to print just a few sentences from an email, rather than the whole thing. Can you show me how to do that?



Every day I get email, like the one above, asking how to print just part of a web page or e-mail. With this much demand, I just have to show ya how it’s done!

First, you need to know… Continue reading

Export and Print Your Address Book

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Did you know that you can export your Address Book so it can be used by database programs, label making software, and more? Of course you do, I mentioned it a few seconds ago.

OK, first let me tell you about .csv files. These are simple text files that show data as “comma-seperated values”. If you bring a .csv file up in Notepad you’ll see data separated by commas. So… Continue reading

Q:
When I try to print my Outlook Express Address Book it prints each name on a different page. Is there a way to get around this?

A:
With Pre-XP Service Pack 2 Outlook Express, when you click the Print button in the address book, it spits out each contact on a separate page. I too found this annoying and imagined a bleak future without trees.

Then, one… Continue reading

The Inkjet Refill Debate

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Cheryl from MI asks:

Should I buy those inkjet refills or budget inks?

You want to save some money by buying ink refills? Well, in general, I recommend not using refills.

They are probably OK for printers with ink nozzles that are NOT built into the cartridge (like Canon

Landscape Printing

Friday, November 12th, 2004

How can I print what appears on the screen completely? Many times it will cut off some of the right side of the material.

Many web designers are conscious of the fact that some people will want hard copies of their web pages. For these sites, you can just print in regular Portrait mode. At other sites, however, part

Printing System Properties

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Ever need a printout of your system info? It could be handy to keep, in case you ever have questions on your system settings – especially if the system is down for one reason or another. Here’s how to do it.

In Vista or Windows 7, type or copy msinfo32 into Start search and click the msinfo32 link in the results

Streaky Printing

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Q:
When my printer prints, I get black streaks across the words. What’s causing this?

A:
Sounds like your printer’s ink jet heads need cleaning. Now the procedure for this varies from printer to printer. Some printers (HP) have the ink jet nozzles built into the ink cartridge. Remove the cartridges and wipe their little bottoms with a soft, lint-free cloth. Make sure you clean both the color… Continue reading

Print Several Files Together

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Is it possible to print multiple files at one time, even if they’re different types of files?

You know the routine: you have several files to print, maybe even created in different programs. What do you do? Open each one and print individually? Yeah, I did that too-it’s pretty time consuming. Then I learned this neat little trick…

3 Steps To Better Digital Prints

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

3 simple steps you can take to get better prints from your digital photos…

1. Watch the resolution – Remember that in order to get a quality print, you’ll need to have the DPI to back it up. The “Dots Per Inch” – pixels if you will – are the stuff your photos are made of. If you don’t have enough of ‘em, you aren’t going to get a good… Continue reading

Strange Colored Prints

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Strange Colored Printouts

Have you ever perfected a photo in your imaging program, only to get bizarre colors when you went to print it? You know, the photo is all green, pink, etc? It used to work fine, but now the printouts are making your eyes water with all their hideous color.

Well, if you’ve never been there, just hang on—ya probably will be!

If your printer has been doing… Continue reading

Print Email Text Bigger

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Print Email Text Bigger

We learned in this week’s Video Tip how to make the font bigger in an email using a scroll-wheel mouse, but you may know that it still prints normal size. You’d think there would be a way to specify the font size that you print with, but it seems like we’re stuck with 12 pt. or smaller. I know that just won’t do for many of… Continue reading

Change printer settings from best to draft

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Every time I go to print, it seems to take longer than it used to-a lot longer. Is there a way to get my quick printing back?

Most likely your printer settings got changed from “Draft” to “Best”. I know, because I did the same thing. I was printing some photos and changed the print quality to “Best” mode and it stayed there. Every time I went… Continue reading

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