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Definitions of Printing Preferences in Windows

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Introduction

This document gives information about the settings for printing preferences that are available in the printer driver software in Windows.
NOTE:The driver software controls how the product prints, and is installed during the software and driver installation.

Definitions of Printing Preferences in Windows

The settings for printing preferences are available from the Printing Preferences dialog box.
NOTE:Depending on the software program, this might be called Preferences , Properties , Print Options , or Print Settings .

Settings on the Advanced tab

Figure 1: Advanced tab

Advanced Printing Features

Enabled is the default selection and should not be changed.

Printer Features

SettingDefinitions
Overspray Use these options to control how much of the original image extends past the edge of the paper if part of the image that is printed on a borderless photo is cut off.
Mirror imageReverses an image left to right for iron-on decals.
Poster printing Enlarges the document and divides it across multiple pages that can be taped together.
Max dpiProvides maximum dpi mode to print high-resolution, sharp images.

Layout Options

Page order settingDefinitions
Front to back Prints the last page of the document first, so that the first page of the document is on top of the finished print job.
Back to frontPrints the first page of the document first, so that the last page of the document is on top of the finished print job.

Settings on the Advanced tab

Figure 2: Advanced tab

Advanced Printing Features

Enabled is the default selection and should not be changed.

Printer Features

SettingDefinitions
OversprayUse these options to control how much of the original image extends past the edge of the paper if part of the image that is printed on a borderless photo is cut off.
Mirror imageReverses an image left to right for iron-on decals.
Poster printing Enlarges the document and divides it across multiple pages that can be taped together.
Max dpiProvides maximum dpi mode to print high-resolution, sharp images. Printing in maximum dpi takes longer than printing with other settings and requires a large amount of disk space.

Layout Options

Page order settingDefinitions
Front to back Prints the last page of the document first, so that the first page of the document is on top of the finished print job.
Back to frontPrints the first page of the document first, so that the last page of the document is on top of the finished print job.

Settings on the Printing Shortcuts tab

Figure 3: Printing Shortcuts tab
The Printing Shortcuts allows for quick selection of printing activities by automatically selecting the best driver settings for a particular task. The following options are available.
  • General everyday printing
  • Photo printing–plain paper
  • Photo printing-borderless
  • Photo printing-with white border
  • Presentation printing
  • Fast/Economical printing
  • Factory defaults

General everyday printing shortcut

Figure 4: General everyday printing options
SettingDefinition
Paper sizesIt is used to select the paper size from a list of standard paper sizes appropriate for the selected project type.
Paper type It is used to select paper types from a list of papers appropriate for the selected project type.
Print quality It is used to select the desired print quality.
Print on both sidesIt is used to print on both sides of the paper. Select On from the drop-down list to print on both sides of the paper.
OrientationIt is used to select the orientation of the paper. Select Portrait (tall) or Landscape (wide).

Photo printing - plain paper shortcut

Figure 5: Photo printing with plain paper options
SettingDefinition
Paper sizesIt is used to select the paper size from a list of standard paper sizes appropriate for the selected project type.
Paper type It is used to select paper types from a list of papers appropriate for the selected project type.
Print quality It is used to select the desired print quality.
OrientationIt is used to select the orientation of the paper. Select Portrait (tall) or Landscape (wide).

Photo printing borderless shortcut

Figure 6: Photo printing borderless options
SettingDefinition
Paper sizesIt is used to select the paper size from a list of standard paper sizes appropriate for the selected project type.
Paper type It is used to select paper types from a list of papers appropriate for the selected project type.
Print quality It is used to select the desired print quality.
Print in grayscaleIt is used to print the document in grayscale.
OrientationIt is used to select the orientation of the paper. Select Portrait (tall) or Landscape (wide).
HP Real Life Technologies (RLT)It is used to select the level of photo fix desired to use.
Remove red eyeIt is used to remove red-eye.

Photo printing - with white borders shortcut

Figure 7: Photo printing - with white borders options
SettingDefinition
Paper sizesIt is used to select the paper size from a list of standard paper sizes appropriate for the selected project type.
Paper type It is used to select paper types from a list of papers appropriate for the selected project type.
Print quality It is used to select the desired print quality.
Print in grayscale Prints the document in grayscale.
OrientationIt is used to select the orientation of the paper. Select Portrait (tall) or Landscape (wide).
HP Real Life Technologies (RLT)Select the level of photo fix desired to use.
Remove red eyeRemoves red-eye from the photos.

Two-sided (duplex) printing shortcut

Figure 8: Two-sided (duplex) printing options
SettingDefinition
Paper sizesIt is used to select the paper size from a list of standard paper sizes appropriate for the selected project type.
Paper type It is used to select paper types from a list of papers appropriate for the selected project type.
Print quality It is used to select the desired print quality.
Print on both sides Specifies how the document is to be printed on both sides of the paper.
OffIt is used to print on one side of the page.
ManuallyClick this option if there is no two-sided printing accessory (duplexer) installed on the product, or if a duplexer is installed but the duplexer does not support the selected paper size and type.
Left Edge Booklet Prints the document as a booklet with the binding on the left edge of the booklet. Two pages print on one sheet of paper. The paper can be folded in the middle, forming a booklet, and the pages will be in the correct order.
Right Edge Booklet Prints the document as a booklet with the binding on the right edge of the booklet. Two pages print on one sheet of paper. The paper can be folded in the middle, forming a booklet, and the pages will be in the correct order.

Presentation printing shortcut

Figure 9: Presentation printing options
SettingDefinition
Paper sizesIt is used to select the paper size from a list of standard paper sizes appropriate for the selected project type.
Paper type It is used to select paper types from a list of papers appropriate for the selected project type.
Print quality It is used to select the desired print quality.
Print on both sidesIt is used to print on both sides of paper. Select On to print on both sides of the paper.
OrientationIt is used to select the orientation of the paper. Select Portrait (tall) or Landscape (wide).

Fast/economical printing shortcut

Figure 10: Fast/economical printing options
SettingDefinition
Paper sizesIt is used to select the paper size from a list of standard paper sizes appropriate for the selected project type.
Paper type It is used to select paper types from a list of papers appropriate for the selected project type.
Print quality It is used to select the desired print quality.
Print on both sidesIt is used to print on both sides of paper. Select On to print on both sides of the paper.
Pages per sheetIt is used to select the number of pages to be printed on a sheet.
Print in grayscalePrints the document in grayscale.

Factory defaults shortcut

Figure 11: Factory defaults options
Select this to reset all the printer driver settings to the original settings.
SettingDefault Value
Paper sizes Letter (might vary according to region)
Paper typePlain paper
Print qualityNormal
Print on both sidesOff
OrientationPortrait

Settings on the Features tab

Figure 12: Features tab

Basic Options

SettingDefinition
Paper type It is used to select the appropriate paper size for the print job from a list of standard paper sizes.
Print qualityIt is used to select the desired print quality.
OrientationIt is used to select the orientation of the paper. Select Portrait (tall) or Landscape (wide).

Paper Size options

SettingDefinition
SizeIt is used to select the paper size from a list of standard paper sizes appropriate for the selected project type.
BorderlessIt is used to select a borderless paper size in the type currently selected.

HP Real Life Technologies (RLT)

Use this feature to select the desired level of photo fix to use.
  • RLT photo fix 'off'
  • 'Basic' RLT photo fix
  • 'Full' RLT photo fix
  • Remove red eye

Resolution

Use this feature to see dpi (dots per inch) details based on the printing shortcut, or print quality, settings selected.

Show preview before printing option

This option enables the Print Preview Utility to display the layout of a document immediately before the print job begins.

Paper saving options

SettingDefinition
Two-sided printingIt is used to disable or enable two-sided printing.
Flip pages upPrints on both sides of the paper so the pages can be flipped up like a note book.
Preserve layoutThis setting is automatically selected when two-sided printing is enabled.
Pages per sheetIt is used to select the number of pages to print per sheet.
Page orderIt is used to select the order and placement of pages on the sheet when printing more than one page per sheet.
Booklet layoutIt is used to select the layout of the booklet. Select Off , left-binding , or right-binding .
Off Turns off booklet printing.
Left binding Prints the document as a booklet with the binding on the left edge of the booklet. Two pages print on one sheet of paper. The paper can be folded in the middle, forming a booklet, and the pages will be in the correct order.
Right bindingPrints the document as a booklet with the binding on the right edge of the booklet. Two pages print on one sheet of paper. The paper can be folded in the middle, forming a booklet, and the pages will be in the correct order.

Printer Services

Use this button to open the HP Photosmart Toolbox.

Toolbox - Device Services tab

Figure 13: Devices Services tab
Setting Definition
Align the Print CartridgesAligns the ink cartridges for the optimum print quality.
Clean the Print Cartridge(s) Cleans the ink cartridge(s) when print quality has decreased noticeably or when recommended by the troubleshooting instructions.
Print a Test PagePrints a test page to verify that the product is working correctly.
Back of Page Smear CleaningEliminates ink marks on the back of the printed document
Paper Feed CleaningRemoves the paper dust that causes paper feed problems.

Toolbox - Estimated ink levels

Figure 14: Estimated Ink Levels tab
The Estimated Ink Level tab in the HP Photosmart Toolbox shows a graphic estimate of how much ink is left in the black and the color print cartridge. This is only an estimate, the actual ink levels might vary.
Ink level status indicatorStatus of ink level
Check mark Indicates that the level of ink in the ink cartridge is acceptable.
Triangle with an exclamation pointIndicates that the ink level is getting low. Have a new ink cartridge available.
A large letter X Indicates that the ink cartridge is empty. Replace the cartridge.

Shopping options

To buy HP supplies for your printer, choose one of the options.
OptionDefinition
Shop onlineClick 'Shop Online' to buy HP supplies for the printer from HP or a local retailer. (Shopping options might vary by country.)
Order by phoneClick 'Order by Phone' for help to find and buy HP supplies.
Cartridge detailsClick to view the Print Cartridge Information to see which ink cartridges to order for the product.
Figure 15: Ink Cartridge Information window

Settings on the Color tab

Figure 16: Color tab

Color Options

SettingDefinition
Print in colorPrints the document in color.
Print in grayscalePrints the document in grayscale.
High qualityWhen printing in grayscale, this setting uses the color cartridge for the optimal range of grays.
Black ink onlyPrints document using the black cartridge only.

Help

This displays general help topics for the printer driver.

Show preview before printing option

This option enables the Print Preview Utility to display the layout of a document immediately before the print job begins.

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