Perfectly Set up Printers – We Show How

Who prints much, must torture themselves again and again by the settings of the printer driver. With a permanent adjustment, save time, optimize print quality and avoid misprints.

The printer settings give the master users hardly any attention, while some optimization and savings potential is here.

Install the latest driver for your printer model

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The manufacturers of printers offer regularly updated drivers for their devices – especially for new printer models often appear fresh printer drivers that extend not only the respective functionality, but contain also error corrections and partly to reduce the consumption of ink and toner at short intervals. Check the manufacturer’s Web site, if there is a new driver for your printer, if necessary, download it, and install it.

Permanently optimize settings for printing

You can change the default settings of the printer driver before each printing process according to your wishes. However, apply the made changes only temporarily for the respective print job and are reset when closing the application or restart Windows again on the defaults. Want to permanently optimize the printing preferences, you must make the change in Windows itself. Go to the control panel to ‘view devices and printers’ – this also applies to Windows 10. But also the settings app in Windows 10 in the area of “Devices-> printers and scanners” offers a comparable with the control panel list of the printers installed on your PC, but devices can be so just add or remove, but not configure. Scroll you all the way down to “Related settings” and click on “Devices and printers”, Windows 10 opens the corresponding page of the control panel.

Click the desired printer with the right mouse button and select “Printing preferences” menu. You also reach the print settings if you click in the menu “Printer properties” and then go to the tab “General” on the “Settings” button. In Windows 8.1 and 10 is enough for many printer models also a double click on the device in the printer folder and then double click on the menu item “adjusting printing options”. Windows keeps track of all the following settings for all programs and print jobs.

Basic settings: First check the basic settings – generally what options are available and how the settings dialog is designed determines the respective printer driver. Set the default paper size, orientation and on printers with several shafts the commonly used paper tray set – normally DIN A4 in portrait mode and “Automatic dispenser”. As standard print media for Office printers, plain paper is common. If you use a photo printer only to print out images, set the commonly used photo paper places instead.

Resolution and duplex: The resolution is set with many printers on an average, which represents a compromise print quality and print speed. Maximum output quality is important to you select the highest resolution. Let disabled rarely used during document printing tools such as double-sided printing and output in reverse order.

How to optimize the advanced print settings for your needs

Printer-specific features and output options together can be found usually in the advanced driver settings on one or more your own tabs. Offerings include watermarks, logo and head are about the scale of the expression,- and footers, reverse pressure to invert the document, as well as optimization settings how to customize print density, toner fixing or shade avoidance.

Disable color printing: For color printers, the color output is usually preset. Often is colorful printing manuscripts or PDF documents unnecessarily – for example. Need no color, set “Grayscale” in the driver. Sometimes the output is available in addition “Print all text black”. Thus uses the printer only black toner or ink and leaves out the color cartridges in issue – that lowers the cost of printing. However, by default, many devices generate also plain text with all the colors.

Energy saver: Often, power saving options in the driver settings, or via the menu on the control panel of the unit can be selected. Here, you specify the printer is in power saver changes after which idle time and reduces the energy needed to.

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Bring photos in the best possible quality on the paper

Order your images when using a photo inkjet printer in maximum quality on the paper, you should make some important settings in the printer driver before each print job. If you are using the original photo paper for your printer’s manufacturer, select the appropriate name in the driver. Photo paper third-party take an option like “Shine”, “Photo”, “glossy photo paper” or “Glossy”. Once done, go to the option for setting the print quality. Between 125 and 200 g / m2 good can with paper grades be to very good results achieved. If this grade is not enough for you, you must Access to the inkjet photo paper premium with a weight of 250 g / m2 and choose a suitable premium photo paper places in the printer driver.

Turn on the best possible print quality at highest resolution, you enable the borderless, if this is desired, and – if available – the option for optimal color photos, so that the colors look as natural.

The most frequently used printer as default set

Windows sets the latest installed printer as the default printer that is pre-selected for each print job. You have a photo or label printer, next to an office printer you must change each time the printer when printing, so the job accidentally lands on the wrong printer and fries there expensive photo paper or labels. To prevent this, you set up the commonly used printer as the default printer. To do this, click on the device in the printer browser of control panel with the right mouse button and select “set default printer” as. In the future, you must change the active printer only if necessary.

To select the optimal printer driver

The printer driver controls which controls Windows provides you for your printer. Many manufacturers offer multiple driver versions for download to choose for their printer models:

A base driver, a printer driver for the network – often separate variants for access via LAN and Wi-FI – and a great driver and software package. Already on the file size, the differences show up: while the base and network version only a few MB is great, the full suite of drivers claimed many times over of space. If you opt for the base or network driver, usually only the driver libraries is necessarily required for the local or network control of the respective device be installed and not the additional software.

However, some basic drivers consider all settings of the printer – to do this you must set up then necessarily the large suite of drivers, even if you don’t need the enclosed software.