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Changing Print Settings in Mac OS X

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Introduction

This document explains how to find the windows that control printing in Mac programs, how to change print settings in the Page Setup window, and how to change print settings in the Print window. This document also describes the options available in each window and what the options affect.
Select your operating system version, and then follow the steps to print from your Mac computer.
Follow these steps to change print settings, and then print in Mac OS X 10.5.
  1. Open the document that you want to print.
  2. From the File menu, select Print . The Print window displays.
  3. In the expanded Print window, select the check box next to the Two-Sided option.
  4. Click the Down arrow next to the name of the program to see the available panels.
  5. Select Layout from the drop-down list. The Layout panel opens.
  6. From the Two-Sided drop-down list, select Long-Edge Binding or Short Edge Binding , depending on the orientation you want for your pages. When you select one of these options, the illustration shows you how the pages are oriented.
  7. Click Print to print the document.

Step one: Use the Page Setup window to change the print settings

  1. In the program from which you want to print, click File , and then click Page Setup .
    The Page Setup window opens.
    NOTE:If the Page Setup option does not display on the File menu, continue with the step to Open the Print window, and then change the basic print settings.
  2. Select your printer from the Format for drop-down menu.
  3. Select the size and type of paper loaded in the printer from the Paper size drop-down menu.
  4. Select the orientation for your print job. To print in portrait orientation, click the icon on the left. To print in landscape orientation, click the icon on the right.
  5. Select the scale at which you want the print job to print. To reduce the size of the image or text, type a number less than 100. To enlarge the size of the image or text, type a number greater than 100.

Step two: Open the Print window, and then change the basic print settings

  1. In the program from which you want to print, click File , and then click Print .
    NOTE:In Mac OS 10.5, the Print window might be minimized. Click the blue box next to the printer model to see all available settings.
  2. Type the number of copies to print in the Copies text box.
  3. If you want to print multiple copies, select the Collated check box to print the pages of each copy in order.
  4. Select the pages of the print job that you want to print. To print all pages, select All . To print a specific range of pages only, type the page number that begins the page range in the From text box. Then, type the page number that ends the page range in the To text box.
  5. Select the size and type of paper loaded in the printer from the Paper Size drop-down list.
  6. Select the orientation for your print job. To print in portrait orientation, click the icon on the left. To print in landscape orientation, click the icon on the right.

Step three: Change the program specific settings

  1. To see the options available in the program from which you want to print, click the blue arrows next to the name of the program in the Print window. The menu containing program specific options and the print driver options opens.
    Figure 1: Program specific options and print driver options
    Program specific and print driver setting options
    1 - Program specific options
    2 - Print driver options
  2. Select the program specific option you want to change, and then change the print settings as desired.
    NOTE:Because the print options offered by individual programs vary, the specific options are not listed here.

Step four: Change the print settings in the print driver

  1. To print on both sides of the paper, select the Two-Sided Printing option, and then select the check box next to Print Both Sides .
  2. To change the paper type and print quality settings, click Paper Type/Quality , and then change the settings to fit your print job. Click the tab name to review settings available on the tab.
      Select the Paper tab to change the paper type, the print quality, the color type, and the paper source for the print job.
      Select the Color Options tab to specify image settings and to adjust specific color settings.
      Use the Ink tab to specify ink volume and dry time. Move the sliders right or left to adjust the ink settings.
  3. To print borderless photos, select the Borderless Printing option, and then select the check box next to Print Borderless . To change the expansion of the image, use the slider on this tab.
  4. To use HP Real Life Technologies to fix photos before printing them, select the HP Real Life Technologies option. To use the automatic Photo Fix feature, select the Basic or Full level. Select the check box next to Remove Red Eye to remove red eye from photos before printing them.

Step five: Print the print job

After all the settings match the needs of the print job, click Print on the Print window to print the document or print job.
Follow these steps to change print settings, and then print in Mac OS X 10.6.
  1. Open the document that you want to print.
  2. From the File menu, select Print . The Print window displays.
    NOTE:In Mac OS X v10.6, the Print window might be minimized. Click the blue Down arrow next to the printer name to expand the Print window options.
  3. In the expanded Print window, select the check box next to the Two-Sided option.
  4. Click the Down arrow next to the name of the program to see the available panels.
  5. Select Layout from the drop-down list. The Layout panel opens.
  6. From the Two-Sided drop-down list, select Long-Edge Binding or Short Edge Binding , depending on the orientation you want for your pages. When you select one of these options, the illustration shows you how the pages are oriented.
  7. Click Print to print the document.

Step one: Select your printer

  1. In the program from which you want to print, click File , and then click Print .
  2. Select your printer from the Printer drop-down list.

Step two: Change the print settings

  1. Type the number of copies to print in the Copies text box.
  2. If you want to print multiple copies, select the Collated check box to print the pages of each copy in order.
  3. Select the pages of the print job that you want to print. To print all pages, select All. To print a specific range of pages only, type the page number that begins the page range in the From text box. Then, type the page number that ends the page range in the To text box.
  4. Select the size and type of paper loaded in the printer from the Paper Size drop-down list.
  5. Select the orientation for your print job. To print in portrait orientation, click the icon on the left. To print in landscape orientation, click the icon on the right.

Step three: Change the paper type and quality settings

  1. In the software program that you are trying to print from, click File , and then click Print .
  2. Select the Paper Type/Quality menu.
  3. Review the following options, and then make any necessary changes.
    • Paper type : If one of the options matches your paper type exactly, select that option.
    • Quality : If you are dissatisfied with the quality of your printouts, increase the print quality. To print more quickly, decrease the print quality.
  4. In the Paper Type/Quality menu, click Color Options , if it is available.
    • If you want color printouts, make sure that ColorSmart/sRGB is selected.
    • If the option is not available, continue to the next step.
  5. Click Print to try the print job again.
  6. Optional : To save these settings for future print jobs, follow these steps:
    1. In the Presets menu, click Save As , name the new preset, and then click OK .
    2. If you have multiple printers installed, open System Preferences ( ) on the Dock, and then click Print & Fax .
    3. Set the Default Printer to Last Printer Used .
Follow these steps to change print settings, and then print in OS X 10.7 and OS x 10.8 programs.
  1. Open the document that you want to print.
  2. From the File menu, select Print . The Print window displays.
  3. In the expanded Print window, select the check box next to the Two-Sided option.
  4. Click the Down arrow next to the name of the program to see the available panels.
  5. Select Layout from the drop-down list. The Layout panel opens.
  6. From the Two-Sided drop-down list, select Long-Edge Binding or Short Edge Binding , depending on the orientation you want for your pages. When you select one of these options, the illustration shows you how the pages are oriented.
  7. Click Print to print the document.

Step one: Select your printer

  1. In the program from which you want to print, click File , and then click Print .
  2. Select your printer from the Printer drop-down list.

Step two: Change the print settings

  1. Type the number of copies to print in the Copies text box.
  2. If you want to print multiple copies, select the Collated check box to print the pages of each copy in order.
  3. Select the pages of the print job that you want to print. To print all pages, select All. To print a specific range of pages only, type the page number that begins the page range in the From text box. Then, type the page number that ends the page range in the To text box.
  4. Select the size and type of paper loaded in the printer from the Paper Size drop-down list.
  5. Select the orientation for your print job. To print in portrait orientation, click the icon on the left. To print in landscape orientation, click the icon on the right.

Step three: Change the paper type and quality settings

  1. In the software program that you are trying to print from, click File , and then click Print .
  2. Select the Paper Type/Quality or Media & Quality menu.
  3. Review the following options, and then make any necessary changes.
    • Paper type or Media type : If one of the options matches your paper type exactly, select that option.
    • Quality : If you are dissatisfied with the quality of your printouts, increase the print quality. To print more quickly, decrease the print quality.
  4. In the Paper Type/Quality or Media & Quality menu, click Color Options , if it is available.
    • If you want color printouts, make sure that ColorSmart/sRGB is selected.
    • If the option is not available, continue to the next step.
  5. Click Print to try the print job again.
  6. Optional : To save these settings for future print jobs, follow these steps.
    1. In the Presets menu, click Save As , name the new preset, and then click OK .
    2. If you have multiple printers installed, open System Preferences ( ) on the Dock, and then click Print & Scan .
    3. Set the Default Printer to Last Printer Used .