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HP PCL 6 print driver for Windows

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Introduction

This document describes the features of the HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 PCL 6 Print Driver for, Windows XP (32-bit), Windows Server 2003 (32-bit), Windows Server 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit), and Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit).
You can control print jobs from several places:
  • the product control panel
  • the software program print dialog box
  • the driver user interface
Generally, for features that are duplicated in more than one location (for instance, you can select the paper input tray from any of them), settings that are established in the software program take precedence over print-driver settings. Print-driver settings, in turn, override product control-panel settings.
When you install the printing-system software in Windows, the HP PCL 6 Print Driver is installed by default through the installer. The HP PS Universal Print Driver and the HP PCL 5 Universal Print Driver and the HP PCL 6 Universal Print Driver can be installed by downloading the software from the Web.
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Change the print driver settings for Windows

Operating SystemTo change the settings for all print jobs until the software program is closedTo change the default settings for all print jobsTo change the device configuration settings
Windows 7, XP, Server 2003, Server 2008, and Vista
  1. On the File menu in the software program, click Print .
  2. Select the driver, and then click Properties or Preferences .


The steps can vary; this procedure is most common.
  1. Click Start , click Settings , and then click Devices and Printers (Windows 7) or Printers and Faxes (Windows XP Professional and Server 2003) or Printers and Other Hardware Devices (Windows XP Home).
    For Windows Vista, click Start , click Control Panel , and then click Printer .
  2. Right-click the driver icon, and then select Printing Preferences .
  1. Click Start , click Settings , and then click Devices and Printers (Windows 7) or Printers and Faxes (Windows XP Professional and Server 2003) or Printers and Other Hardware Devices (Windows XP Home).
    For Windows Vista, click Start , click Control Panel , and then click Printer .
  2. Right-click the driver icon, and then select Properties or Printer Properties .
  3. Click the Configure tab or the Device Settings tab.
To gain access to driver settings from within most software programs, click File , click Print , and then click Properties or Preferences . The appearance and names of the driver tabs that appear can vary, depending on the operating system. These settings apply only while the software program is open.
You can also control the driver directly from the Printers folder. These settings change the default settings for all software programs.
  • In Windows 7, click Start , select Devices and Printers , right-click the device name, and then click Printing Preferences to gain access to the same set of driver tabs that the software program controls.
  • In Windows XP, click Start , select Settings , select Printers and Faxes (Windows XP Professional) or Printers and Other Hardware Devices (Windows XP Home), right-click the device name, and then click Printing Preferences to gain access to the same set of driver tabs that the software program controls.
  • In Windows Vista, click Start , select Settings , select Printers , right-click the device name, and then click Printing Preferences to gain access to the same set of driver tabs that the software program controls.
In Windows Vista, Server 2003 and XP click Properties , in Windows 7 and Server 2008 click Printer Properties , after right-clicking the device name to gain access to the Properties tab set, which controls the driver behavior and driver connections.

Properties tab set

The Properties tab set contains information about and options for configuring the product.
NOTE:Windows also has tabs in the Properties tab set. For information about those tabs, see the documentation that came with the computer.

Printing Preferences tab set

The HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 product Printing Preferences tabs contain options for formatting documents for the product. Gain access to the Printing Preferences tabs either through the software program or through the Windows Printers and Faxes folder.
The following tabs are included in Printing Preferences tab set:
  • Advanced
  • Printing Shortcuts
  • Paper/Quality
  • Effects
  • Finishing
  • Job Storage
  • Color
  • Services

Document preview image

The document preview image is a line-drawn image of a page that represents graphics and text. The document preview image is always oriented so that the contents of the page are right-side-up. The document preview image appears in the upper-right corner of all Printing Preferences tabs except the Services and Job Storage tabs.
Switching between tabs does not change the location or appearance of the document preview image. Move the mouse over the document preview image, and the mouse cursor changes from an arrow to a gloved hand. Toggle between portrait and landscape page orientation by clicking on the image.

Help system

The HP PCL 6 Print Driver includes a full-featured Help system to provide assistance with printing and configuration options.

“What's this?” Help

Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 support What's this? Help. You can gain access to “What's this?” Help messages in any of the following ways:
  • Right-click a feature or control. A pop-up Help window appears.
  • Click a feature or control, and then press the F1 key. The Help window for the currently selected control appears.

Incompatible Print Settings messages

Incompatible Print Settings (constraint) messages are unsolicited messages that appear in response to specific print-driver selections. These messages alert you to selections that are illogical or impossible given the product capabilities or the current settings of other controls.
NOTE:Constraint messages are limited, and the underlying software architecture might accept some settings that are illogical or impossible for the product to perform. Sending a job with incompatible settings can lead to unexpected results. If print jobs do not print as expected, check the product documentation for the product capabilities.
In supported Windows operating environments, some technically invalid print-driver configurations result in warning messages. Duplexing, for example, is not possible when the Transparency paper type is selected. The following figure shows an Incompatible Print Settings message.
AnIncompatible Print Settingsmessage
Figure 1: Incompatible Print Settings
To resolve the conflicting settings, click Restore my previous settings. , and then click OK . The driver resets the conflicting control back to its previous state.
If you want to keep the conflicting setting, click Keep this setting, and I will change it later. , and then click OK .
NOTE:In this example, the conflict can be resolved manually. If the conflict is not resolved when the driver is closed, then the same dialog appears again when a print job is sent to the product.

Advanced tab features

NOTE:The Advanced tab is located on the Printing Preferences tab set.
Use the Advanced tab to change the layout of printed pages. Use this tab to configure special controls that are not commonly used, as well as to control features such as collating and copies in the driver (although most current software programs support these features in the print dialog box or through the page settings in the software program). The following figure shows the Advanced tab.
The default appearance of theAdvancedtab
Figure 2: Advanced
The Advanced tab contains the following controls:

Paper/Output

The Paper/Output setting contains the Copy Count setting.

Copy Count

Copy Count specifies the number of copies to print. This driver setting is useful for software programs that do not provide a copy count. If a copy count is available in the software program, set the copy count in the software program.
The number of copies that you request appears in the Copy Count option. You can select the number by typing in the text box or by using the up and down arrows to the right of the text box. Valid entries are numbers from 1 to 9999. The copies value will not advance from the maximum number (9999) to 1 when the up arrow is used, or change from 1 to the maximum number (9999) when the down arrow is used. When you click another group box or leave the Advanced tab, invalid entries into the text box (such as non-numerical input, numbers less than 1, or numbers greater than the maximum allowed) are changed to the last valid value that appeared in the text box. The default number of copies is 1.
Because you can set the number of copies that you want from some software programs, conflicts between the software program you are using and the driver can arise. In most cases, the software program and the driver communicate, so that the number of copies set in one location (such as the program) will appear in the other (such as the driver). For some programs, this communication does not take place, and the copies values are treated independently. For these programs, setting 10 copies in the program and then setting 10 copies in the driver will result in 100 copies (10 x 10) being printed. It is recommended that you set the number of copies in the program, whenever possible.
When the Copy Count option is set to more than 1, the Collated check box becomes available. Select this check box when you want the product to collate (collect and combine in proper order) the printed copies. Most current software programs support the collating feature in the print dialog box or through the page settings in the software program.

Graphic

The Graphic setting contains the following controls:
  • Image Color Management settings
  • True Type Font settings

Image Color Management

This control lists the available Image Color Management (ICM) options used for printing color graphics. ICM, a set of calculations for color matching, makes it possible for programs to adjust colors before printing so that the color of images on the screen more closely match the color of those images when they are printed.
NOTE:The ICM control is typically set to ICM Disabled .

True Type Font

Use Substitute with Device Font (the default setting) to print documents that contain TrueType fonts by using equivalent printer fonts. This permits faster printing; however, you might lose special characters that the equivalent printer font does not support. Select Download as Softfont to download TrueType fonts for printing instead of using printer fonts.

Document Options

The Document Options setting contains the following controls:

Advanced Printing Features

When the Advanced Printing Features setting is Enabled , metafile spooling is turned on and Finishing tab options such as Page Order , Booklet Layout , and Pages per Sheet are available, depending on your product.
Enhanced metafile spooling is used to greatly reduce the amount of time that elapses between a request to print (initiated by an application) and the return of control to the application by the operating system.
For normal printing, leave the Advanced Printing Features setting at the default (Enabled ). If compatibility problems occur, you can disable the feature. However, some advanced printing features might still appear in the print driver, even though they have been disabled. If you select an advanced printing feature in the print driver that has been disabled on the Advanced tab, the feature is automatically re-enabled.

Print Optimizations

The default setting for Print Optimizations is Enabled . When this feature is enabled and your document contains overlapping text and graphics, the text that is placed on top of a graphic might not print correctly. If the printed output is not correct, you can disable this feature. When this feature is disabled, print optimization-features, such as substituting device fonts for TrueType fonts and scanning for horizontal and vertical rules, are turned off.

Printer Features

The Printer Features setting contains the following controls:
  • Print All Text as Black
    The feature is Disabled by default. When Enabled is selected, the driver prints all text as black regardless of the original document text color. Color text is printed as black, except for white text, which remains white. (White text is a reliable method of printing reverse typeface against a dark background.) This setting does not affect graphic images on the page, nor does it affect any text that is part of a graphic.
  • Send True Type as Bitmap
    Send True Type as Bitmap provides an alternative for software programs that have trouble using TrueType fonts for special graphic aspects such as shading, rotation, or slanting. The setting is Disabled (off) by default. The TrueType fonts are converted to bitmap soft fonts before downloading. The Enabled setting causes the driver to send TrueType fonts to the product as outlines, which retains the standard format (outline) of the fonts.
  • Raster Compression
    Use the Raster Compression feature to select the graphics-compression method:
    • Automatic . The software determines the best compression method to use.
    • Best Quality . This option forces the software to use a lossless compression method. (Lossless means that no data is lost during compression.)
    • Maximum Compression . Where applicable, this option requires the software to always use a lossy compression method (some data is lost).
  • Alternative Letterhead Mode
    When selected, this option eliminates the need to flip or reload letterhead or preprinted paper in a tray, whether you are printing on one or both sides of the sheet. Load the paper as you would for printing on both sides. If the product tray has an icon that indicates whether to load paper either face-up or face-down, load the paper in opposite orientation of that shown.
    When this option is selected, you must use one of the following options in the Paper type setting:
    • Letterhead
    • Preprinted
    NOTE:Because Alternative Letterhead Mode is available only if the product is equipped with an automatic duplexing unit, the base model (HP LaserJet Enterprise color M551n) does not support this option.

Layout Options

The Layout Options setting contains the Page Order setting.
Page Order specifies the order in which the pages of your document are printed. Front to Back (default setting) prints the document so that page 1 prints first. Back to Front prints the document so that page 1 prints last.
NOTE:The page-ordering operation works on whole sheets of paper rather than on individual logical pages. Accordingly, if you set Pages per Sheet (on the Finishing tab) to be greater than one, the ordering of logical pages on a physical sheet of paper does not change.

Printing Shortcuts tab features

NOTE:The Printing Shortcuts tab is located on the Printing Preferences tab set.
Use the Printing Shortcuts tab to select and store specific combinations of driver settings for easy use.
The following figure shows the Printing Shortcuts tab.
NOTE:The number of options shown (Paper sizes , Paper source , etc) changes depending on the selected shortcut.
Printing Shortcuts tab
Figure 3: Printing Shortcuts
The Printing Shortcuts tab is a new tab that appears on the HP PCL 6 Print Driver beginning with the HP Color LaserJet CM4730 MFP. In previous drivers, the Print Task Quick Sets appeared in most of the driver tabs, and was used to capture commonly used driver settings. Like Quick Sets, the Printing Shortcuts tab saves commonly used driver settings under a shortcut name.

Use defined printing shortcuts

The following defined printing shortcuts are available:
  • Factory Defaults
  • General Everyday Printing . Select this option to print using typical settings.
  • Envelopes . Select this option to print using typical settings for booklet printing.
  • Cardstock/Heavy
  • Labels
  • Transparencies
  • EcoSMART Settings . Select this option to print using typical settings for duplex printing.
  • Booklet Printing
  • Snapshot Photos
  • Glossy/Presentation . Select this option to print with the default printer-driver settings.
NOTE:If you change any of the settings for a defined printing shortcut, the Save As... and Reset buttons become active. Click Save As... to save the new settings as a custom printing shortcut. Click Reset to set the default options for all features of the selected shortcut.

Create a custom printing shortcut

  1. Select General Everyday Printing as a base.
  2. Select the appropriate print settings on the Printing Shortcuts tab or use the settings on any of the Printing Preferences tabs.
    NOTE:Setting Color options to Black & White automatically selects the Print in Grayscale option on the Color tab.
  3. On the Printing Shortcuts tab, click Save As... . The Printing Shortcuts dialog box appears.
    Figure 4: Printing Shortcuts
  4. Type a name for the custom printing shortcut, and then click OK . The custom printing shortcut appears in the Printing Shortcuts list.
  5. To delete a custom printing shortcut, click the custom shortcut, then click the Delete button.
    NOTE:Predefined shortcuts are designed for using as-is, or as bases for custom printing shortcuts, and cannot be deleted.

Paper/Quality tab features

NOTE:The Paper/Quality tab is located on the Printing Preferences tab set.
Use the Paper/Quality tab to specify paper size, type, and source. You can also use this tab to specify different paper selections for the front cover, first page, other pages, last page, and back cover of the document. The following figure shows the Paper/Quality tab.
Paper/Quality tab
Figure 5: Paper/Quality
The Paper/Quality tab contains the following control sets:

Paper Options

The settings specified in the Paper Options group box on the Paper/Quality tab apply to all of the pages of the document. The following figure shows the Paper Options group box and the selections that are available by default.
Paper Options group box
Figure 6: Paper Options
The settings in the Paper Options group box are described in the following order:

Paper sizes

The Paper sizes setting is a drop-down menu that lists all of the supported paper sizes.
When you move the mouse over the dimensions label, the mouse cursor changes from an arrow to a gloved hand. Click the dimensions label to toggle between English and metric units.
Because paper-size settings in most software programs override driver settings, it is generally best to use the driver to set paper size only when you are printing from software programs that do not include a paper-size setting, such as NotePad, or when you are producing a book or a booklet that does not require different paper sizes.
NOTE:Certain software programs can override the size command and specify different paper sizes within a single document.When you change the print-driver setting to a paper size that is not currently loaded in the product, a control-panel message appears that prompts you to load the paper size or select another tray.
When the Settings under the Special pages section have been changed, the Paper sizes , Paper source , and Paper type menus change also, offering a variety of options. For more information, see .

Custom Paper Size

The Custom Paper Size dialog box appears when you click Custom… on the Paper/Quality tab. The following figure shows the initial appearance of the Custom Paper Size dialog box.
Custom Paper Size dialog box
Figure 7: Custom Paper Size
NOTE:The HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 product supports custom paper sizes up to 14 inches in length and 8.5 inches in width. The driver will be updated to enable printing to the maximum size.
Name
Use the Name text box to type a new name for a custom paper size. When you change the name to something other than Custom , the Save and OK buttons become active.
The name that appears in the Name text box depends on the following conditions:
  • If a saved custom paper size has been selected from the drop-down menu on the Paper/Quality tab, then the Name text box shows the name of the selected custom paper size.
  • If a standard paper size has been selected on the Paper/Quality tab, then the Name text box shows the default name of Custom .
  • If a new name has been typed into the Name text box for the purpose of saving a new size or renaming an existing size, then that new name will remain in the text box until the new size is saved or the dialog box is closed.
If you type a new name into the Name text box, but then do not click Save , you can change the width and height values without losing the name. However, if you close the dialog box without clicking Save , any unsaved name or size values are lost without warning.
Paper size
The width and height values can be changed by typing numeric strings into the edit boxes in the Paper Size group box.
Any entry that is greater than the maximum limits of the width and height control is rounded down to the maximum valid entry, while any entry that is smaller than the minimum limits of the width and height control is rounded up to the minimum valid entry.
If units are in millimeters, the custom paper-size range minimum is the limit rounded up to the nearest whole millimeter. The custom paper-size range maximum is the limit rounded down to the nearest whole millimeter. Any non-numerical entry reverts to the minimum value. Width and height entries are validated when the focus has changed.
The resolution of each control is 1 millimeter or 1/10 of an inch, depending on the current measurement units.
Supported paper sizes
This product supports a number of paper sizes, and it adapts to various media.
NOTE:To obtain best results, select the correct paper size and type in the print driver before printing.
Supported paper and print media sizes
Size and dimensionsTray 1Tray 2Tray 3 (optional)
Letter

215.9 x 279 mm
Legal

215.9 x 355.6 mm
A4

210 x 297 mm
RA4

215 x 305 mm
A5

148 x 210 mm
B5 (JIS)

182 x 257 mm
B6 (JIS)

128 x 182 mm
Executive

184.2 x 266.7 mm
Statement

140 x 216 mm
4x6

101.6 x 152.4 mm
10 x 15 cm

101.6 x 152.4 mm
3x5

76.2 x 127.0 mm
5x7

127 x 177.8 mm
5x8

127 x 203.2 mm
A6

105 x 148 mm
Postcard (JIS)

100 x 148 mm (3.94 x 5.83 in)
Double Postcard (JIS)

148 x 200 mm
16K

184 x 260 mm
16K

195 x 270 mm
16K

197 x 273 mm
8.5 x 13

215.9 x 330.2 mm
Envelope Commercial #10

104.9 x 241.3 mm
Envelope #9

98.43 mm x 225.43 mm
Envelope B5

176 x 250 mm
Envelope C5 ISO

162 x 229 mm
Envelope C6

114 x 162 mm
Envelope DL ISO

110 x 220 mm
Envelope Monarch

98.4 x 190.5 mm
Custom

76.2 x 127 mm to 215.9 x 355.6 mm
Custom

101.6 x 148 mm to 215.9 x 297 mm
Custom

148 x 215.9 mm to 210 x 355.6 mm
Units
To change measurement units, click one of the options in the Units group box (either Inches or Millimeters ).
Custom width and height control limits
The minimum paper size for the HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 product is 76 x 127 mm (3 x 5 in) and the maximum in Tray 1 is 215.9 x 355.6 mm (8.5 x 14 in). The following table summarizes paper size limits for each paper-handling device.
NOTE:Custom media size is 148 x 215.9 mm to 210 x 355.6 mm (5.83 x 8.5 in to 8.27 x 14 in).
Custom paper sizes
TrayDimensionsMinimumMaximum
Tray 1 (100-sheet multipurpose)Width76 mm (3 in)215.9 mm (8.5 in)
Length127 mm (5 in)355.6 mm (14 in)
Tray 2 (250-sheet)Width101.6 mm (4.0 in)215.9 mm (8.5 in)
Length148 mm (5.83 in)297 mm (11.69 in)
Trays 3 — 6 (500-sheet)Width148.0 mm (5.83 in)215.9 mm (8.5 in)
Length210 mm (8.27 in)355.6 mm (14.0 in)

Paper source

The Paper source setting specifies the source tray to use for printing a document. The list of source trays depends on the product accessories that are installed. Any optional source trays that are installed through the Device Settings tab also appear here.
The Paper source drop-down menu can contain the following options, depending on what has been installed on the product:
  • Automatically Select
  • Printer auto select
  • Manual Feed in Tray 1
  • Tray 1 (100-sheet multipurpose tray)
  • Tray 2 (250-sheet tray)
The default setting is Automatically Select . When this setting is selected, the HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 uses the source tray that supports the paper size that you have selected. If you select a source tray other than Automatically Select , make sure that the correct paper size is loaded in the source tray.

Paper type

The Paper type drop-down menu shows the first few paper types that the HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 supports and an entry for More . Clicking More opens the Type is: dialog box. Click the + next to Type is: and its subcategories to view all of the paper types that the product supports, listed in the following categories.
  • Unspecified
  • Everyday <96g
    • Plain
    • HP EcoSMART Lite
    • Light
    • Bond
    • Recycled
  • Presentation 96-130g
    • HP Color Laser Matte 105g
    • HP Premium Choice Matte 120g
    • HP Presentation Soft Gloss 120g
    • HP Professional Soft Gloss 120g
    • HP Premium Presentation Glossy 120g
    • Mid-Weight 96–110g
    • Heavy 111–130g
    • Mid-Weight Glossy 96–110g
    • Heavy Glossy 111–130g
  • Brochure 131–175g
    • HP Brochure Matte 150g
    • HP Brochure Glossy 150g
    • Extra Heavy 131–175g
    • Extra Heavy Glossy 131–175g
  • Photo/Cover 176–220g
    • HP Cover Matte 200g
    • HP Matte Photo 200g
    • Cardstock 176–220g
    • Card Glossy 176–200g
    • HP Brochure Glossy 200g
  • Other
    • Color Label Transparency
    • Labels
    • Letterhead
    • Envelope
    • Preprinted
    • Prepunched
    • Colored
    • Rough
    • HP Tough Paper
    • Opaque Film
The default setting is Unspecified .
No mechanism exists for manually adding custom paper types through the driver. Use HP Web Jetadmin to add custom paper types. Custom types can be added only by using bidirectional communication, so they must already exist in the product when the bidirectional query occurs. If bidirectional communication is enabled, then an updated list of paper types is returned. If bidirectional communication is not enabled, then the driver looks for custom paper types that have been saved from a previous bidirectional communication query, and uses those. Otherwise, no custom paper types are available through the driver.
NOTE:To download a current version of HP Web Jetamin and for the latest list of supported host systems, go to the following Web site: www.hp.com/go/webjetadmin
If you select a setting other than the default, make sure that the correct paper type is loaded in the tray that you selected in the Paper source setting.
When you change the print-driver setting to a paper type that is not currently loaded in the product, a control-panel message appears that prompts you to load the paper type or select another tray.
NOTE:To only use a specific tray for special paper such as letterhead, set the tray up as letterhead at the printer control panel. Select letterhead in the driver when you want to print to that tray.To prevent accidently printing from a tray specified for special paper, specify plain paper at the printer control panel and driver for other print jobs. Otherwise, paper may be pulled from the wrong tray.

Special pages

To specify special pages to be used, click the Settings button under Special pages .
Covers
To use specific cover settings, click Covers in the Special pages group box.
Use the Covers options to include a blank or preprinted cover on a document, or to include a front/back cover from a source tray that is different from the one used for the remainder of the document.
The following are the Covers options:
  • Add a blank or preprinted cover: Select which cover is customized: Front , Back , or Both .
  • Paper source: The Paper source setting specifies the source tray to use for adding a front and/or back cover to the document. The list of source trays depends on the accessories that are installed. Any optional trays that are installed through the Device Settings tab also appear here.
  • Paper type : The Paper type setting specifies the paper size to use for front and/or back covers. Changes made to the Paper type setting here override any previous Paper type settings using the same paper source.
NOTE:The same size of paper will be used for the entire print job.When you change the type and source of the paper and covers, the settings remain configured until you close the software program.
Print pages on different paper
Use the Print pages on different paper options to select an alternative paper type or source for the first, last, or other pages of a document.
The following figure shows the Print pages on different paper settings and options.
Print pages on different paper
Figure 8: Print pages on different paper
The following are the Print pages on different paper options:
  • Pages in document. Select which pages are customized: the First page, the Last page, or specify a page range with the Pages option.
  • Paper source The Paper source setting specifies the source tray to use for printing a document. The list of source trays depends on the accessories that are installed. Any optional trays that are installed through the Device Settings tab also appear here.
  • Paper type : The Paper type drop-down menu shows all of the paper types that the HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 supports.
NOTE:The same type of paper is used for the entire print job.When you change the type and source of the paper and covers, the settings remain configured until you close the software program.
Insert blank or preprinted pages
Use the Insert blank or preprinted pages options to designate where to insert preprinted pages or blank pages into a document.
The following figure shows the Print pages on different paper settings and options.
Insert blank or preprinted pages
Figure 9:
The following are the Insert blank or preprinted pages options:
  • Blank or preprinted sheet before page(s): Specify where in the document you want to insert blank or preprinted pages by designating the page numbers or page ranges that the blank or preprinted pages will precede. For example, to insert a blank or preprinted page on page four, specify 5 in the Blank or preprinted sheet before page(s): option.
  • Paper source: The Paper source setting specifies the source tray to use for printing a document. The list of source trays depends on the accessories that are installed. Any optional trays that are installed through the Device Settings tab also appear here.
  • Paper type: The Paper type drop-down menu shows all of the paper types that the HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 supports.
Chapter separator pages
Use the Chapter separator pages options to designate where the first page of a chapter appears in the document.
The following figure shows the Chapter separator pages settings and options.
Chapter separator pages
Figure 10:
The following are the Chapter separator pages options:
  • Chapters begin on pages: Specify where in the document the chapters begin by designating a page number for each chapter.
  • Start each chapter: Select Facing next page to make each chapter begin on the left side of the document. Select Facing previous page to make each chapter begin on the right side of the document.
Click the Add button to add the special pages you create. These special pages will be listed and available for use under Special pages defined for this print job .

Document preview image

The document preview image is a line-drawn image of a page that represents graphics and text. The document preview image is always oriented so that the contents of the page are right-side-up. The document preview image appears in the upper-right corner of the following Printing PreferencesPrinting Preferences driver tabs:
  • Printing Shortcuts
  • Paper/Quality
  • Effects
  • Finishing
  • Color
Switching between tabs does not change the location or appearance of the document preview image. When you move the mouse over the document preview image, the mouse cursor changes from an arrow to a gloved hand. You can toggle between portrait and landscape page orientation by clicking the image.

Print Quality

The Print Quality group box contains the following controls:

Print Quality drop-down menu

Use this control to select print quality. ImageREt settings precisely control colors by combining up to 4 colors and varying the amount of toner in a given area to create many smooth colors, sharp images, and crisp text.
The Print Quality drop-down menu contains the following resolution options.
  • ImageREt 3600 . This setting is selected by default. ImageREt 3600 produces a 600x600 dpi print resolution that provides 3600-dpi laser-class quality with millions of smooth colors.
  • 1200 x 1200 . This setting may improve the rendering of fine lines and text.

Gloss Level drop-down menu

The Gloss Level drop-down menu contains the following options.
  • Default . This setting is selected by default and uses the setting that is selected on the product control panel.
  • Best . This setting increases gloss output and stability, but slows printing and reduces drum life.
  • Standard . This setting produces normal gloss output at full speed, without reducing drum life.

Effects tab features

NOTE:The Effects tab is located on the Printing Preferences tab set.
Use the Effects tab to create unique paper effects such as scaling and watermarks. The following figure shows the Effects tab.
Effects tab
Figure 11: Effects
The Effects tab contains the following controls:

Resizing Options

The Resizing Options group box consists of the following controls:
  • Actual Size (default)
  • Print Document On
  • Scale to Fit
  • % of Actual Size

Actual Size

Actual Size is the default setting. It prints the document without changing the document size.

Print Document On

Click the Print Document On option to format the document for one paper size and then print the document on a different paper size, with or without scaling the image to fit the new paper size.
The Print Document On control is disabled by either of the following conditions:
  • The % of Actual Size value is not 100.
  • The Pages per Sheet value (on the Finishing tab) is not 1.
When Print Document On is selected, the drop-down menu shows the paper sizes on which you can print. The list contains all of the standard paper sizes that the selected paper source supports and any custom sizes that you have created. When Print Document On is selected, Scale to Fit is automatically selected. Clear this check box if you do not want your document reduced or enlarged to fit on the selected paper.

Scale to Fit

The Scale to Fit option box specifies whether each formatted document page image is scaled to fit the target paper size. By default, Scale to Fit is selected when Print Document On is selected. If the setting is turned off, then the document page images will not be scaled, and are instead centered at full size on the target paper. If the document size is larger than the target paper size, then the document image is clipped. If it is smaller, then it is centered within the target paper. The following figure shows preview images for a document formatted for Legal-size paper with the Print Document On check box selected, and the target size specified as Letter .
Preview images – Legal on Letter; Scale to Fit off (left) and on (right)
Figure 12: Scale to Fit
When the size for which the document is formatted (that is, the logical size) differs from the target size, the preview image uses a dashed gray line to show the boundaries of the logical page in relation to the target paper size.

% of Actual Size

The % of Actual Size option provides a slider bar and input box to use for scaling the percentage setting. The default setting in the entry box is 100% of actual size. Actual size is defined as the paper size that is selected within the driver or what the driver receives from the software program (if the software program does not negotiate the paper size with the driver). The driver scales the page by the appropriate factor and sends it to the product.
The limits of the range are from 25% to 400%, and any values outside the range are adjusted to those limits as soon as the focus is removed from the control (that is, when the Tab key is pressed or another control is selected).
Any change to the scale also changes the page preview, which increases or decreases from the upper-left corner of the preview.
The slider bar controls the scale directly. The value in the edit box changes as the slider-bar indicator is dragged, and the document preview image is updated to the new image scale. Each click on the arrows increases or decreases the scale by 1%. Each click on the slider bar affects the scale by 10%.
You cannot achieve an exact value by dragging the slider-bar indicator. Instead, either use the slider-bar indicator to approximate the value that you want and then use the arrows to refine the value, or type the value into the entry box.
The following settings disable % of Actual Size :
  • Print Document On (on the Effects tab) is selected
  • Pages per Sheet (on the Finishing tab) is not 1

Document preview image

The document preview image is a line-drawn image of a page that represents graphics and text. The document preview image is always oriented so that the contents of the page are right-side-up. The document preview image appears in the upper-right corner of the following Printing Preferences driver tabs:
  • Printing Shortcuts
  • Paper/Quality
  • Effects
  • Finishing
  • Color
Switching between tabs does not change the location or appearance of the document preview image. When you move the mouse over the document preview image, the mouse cursor changes from an arrow to a gloved hand. You can toggle between portrait and landscape page orientation by clicking the image.

Watermarks

Use the Watermarks feature to select a watermark, create a new watermark (text only), or edit an existing watermark. The following watermarks are preset in the driver:
  • (none)
  • [Username]
  • Confidential
  • Draft
  • SAMPLE
The Watermarks feature can be configured using the Driver Configuration Utility.
If the [Username] watermark is selected, the driver will use the network username of the logged in user for the watermark.
The drop-down menu shows alphabetically sorted watermarks that are currently available on the system, plus the string "(none)," which indicates that no watermark is selected. This is the default setting. Any watermark that is selected from this list appears in the preview image.
When the First Page Only check box is selected, the watermark is printed only on the first page of the document. The First Page Only check box is disabled when the current watermark selection is "(none).”
Watermarks are applied to logical pages. For example, when Pages per Sheet is set to "4" and First Page Only is turned off, four watermarks appear on the physical page (one on each logical page).
Click Edit , and the Watermark Details dialog box appears.
Watermark Details dialog box
Figure 13:
The dialog box shows a preview image and provides options for creating a new watermark and controlling the message angle and font attributes.
Click OK to accept all of the changes that are made in the Watermark Details dialog box. However, clicking Cancel does not cancel all of the changes. If you make changes to a watermark and then select a different watermark or click New , all of the changes are saved, and only the current, unsaved changes can be canceled.

Current watermarks

The Current Watermarks group box contains a list of available watermarks, both predefined watermarks that are available in the driver and any new watermarks that you have created.
To create a new watermark, click New . The new watermark appears in the Current Watermarks list and in the Watermark Message edit box as "Untitled " until you name it. The name that you type in the Watermark Message field appears in the Current Watermarks group box in the Watermark Details dialog box and in the Watermarks group box on the Effects tab.
To name the new watermark, type the selected watermark text in the Watermark Message edit box.
To delete a watermark, select the watermark in the Current Watermarks list, and then click Delete . A warning appears asking whether you are sure you want to delete the selected item. Click Cancel if you want to keep the watermark. Click OK to delete the selected watermark.
NOTE:You can have no more that 30 watermarks in the Current Watermarks list at one time. When you reach the limit of 30 watermarks, the New button is disabled.
To edit an existing watermark, select the watermark in the Current Watermarks list. If you change the Watermark Message for that watermark, you are, in effect, creating a new watermark.

Watermark Message

The Watermark Message is also the name that identifies the watermark in the Current Watermarks list, except when more than one watermark has the same message. For example, you might want several different watermarks with the message DRAFT, each with a different typeface or font size. When this occurs, the string is appended with a space, a pound sign, and a number (for example, Draft #2 ). When a number is added, the number two is used first, but if the resulting name is also in the list, then the number increases until the name is unique (Draft #3 , Draft #4 , and so on).

Message Angle

Use the controls in the Message Angle group box to print the watermark in different orientations on the page. All settings center the watermark string within the page; the selection of a particular setting affects only the angle of the string placement. The following settings are available:
  • Diagonal . This is the default setting. Select this setting to place the text along a line that spans the lower-left to upper-right corners of the page.
  • Horizontal . Select this setting to place the text along a line that spans the mid-left and mid-right edges of the page.
  • Custom . Select this setting to place the text at the specified angle across the page. Use the numeric spin box to select the angle.

Font Attributes

Use the controls in the Font Attributes group box to change the font and the shading, size, and style of the font.
The Font Attributes group box contains the following controls:
  • Name
    The Name drop-down menu lists fonts that are currently installed on the system. The default is language-dependent.
  • Color
    The Color drop-down menu contains the following selections:
    • Gray
    • Red
    • Yellow
    • Green
    • Cyan
    • Blue
    • Magenta
  • Shading
    The default Shading setting for new and preset watermarks is Very Light . The following range of shades is available from the Shading drop-down menu:
    • Lightest
    • Very Light (default)
    • Light
    • Medium Light
    • Medium
    • Medium Dark
    • Dark
    • Very Dark
    • Darkest
    These values represent the intensity of the gray that is used. Select Light to produce a lightly saturated gray watermark. Select Lightest to produce the lightest shade of watermark. Select Darkest to produce a black watermark.
  • Size
    Font sizes from 1 to 999 points are available from the Size menu. The default point size is language-dependent.
  • Style
    The following settings are available:
    • Regular
    • Bold
    • Italic
    • Bold Italic
      The default Style setting for new and preset watermarks is Regular .

Default watermark settings

The following table shows Font Attribute settings for new and preset watermarks.
Font Attribute settings for new and preset watermarks
SettingNew watermarkPreset watermark
NameArialVaries by language
ColorGrayGray
ShadingVery LightVery Light
Size80Varies by language
StyleRegularRegular
Click OK to accept all of the changes that have been made in the Watermark Details dialog box. Clicking Cancel does not cancel all of the changes. If you make changes to a watermark and then select a different watermark or click New , all of the changes are saved, and only the current, unsaved changes can be canceled.

Finishing tab features

NOTE:The Finishing tab is located on the Printing Preferences tab set.
Use the Finishing tab to print booklets and control the paper output. The following figure shows the Finishing tab.
Finishing tab
Figure 14:
The Finishing tab contains the following controls:

Document Options

The Document Options group box contains the following controls:

Print on Both Sides

The default setting for the Print on Both Sides option, or Print on Both Sides (manually) for non-duplexing models, is off (not selected). Print on Both Sides is available when the following conditions exist:
  • Paper type on the Paper tab is set to any paper type except for the following types:
    • Labels
    • Color Laser Transparency
    • Envelopes
  • Paper sizes is set to any paper size except for the following sizes:
    • Statement
    • 3x5
    • 4x6
    • 5x7
    • 5x8
    • A6
    • B6
    • 10x15cm
    • Envelope #10
    • Japanese Postcard
    • Envelope #9
    • Envelope Monarch
    • Envelope B5
    • Envelope C5
    • Envelope C6
    • Envelope DL
Print on both sides automatically
The duplexing unit in the HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 product prints on two sides of a sheet of paper when the Print on Both Sides option is specified in the print job. The HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 product comes with a duplexing unit installed in the following models:
  • HP LaserJet Enterprise color M551dn
  • HP LaserJet Enterprise color M551xh
These product models support smart duplexing. The smart duplexing feature increases printing performance by preventing one-page print jobs or single-sided pages of a duplexed print job from going through the duplexing unit even when the duplexing feature has been selected in the driver.
All paper types support the smart duplexing feature, except for paper types that cannot be printed on both sides (such as labels, transparencies, and envelopes) and the following paper types:
  • Prepunched
  • Preprinted
  • Letterhead
  • Cardstock
When the paper type is set to Unspecified , the smart duplexing feature is disabled.
To achieve the best print quality when printing on the second side of the page, the product needs to make adjustments to its print modes. When you select a paper type, you are, in effect, instructing the product to use a group of settings (such as fuser temperature and print speed) to print the paper with the best possible quality. This group of settings is known as print mode. A different print mode is used with each paper type. Print-mode adjustments for the second side of a duplexed page are automatic.
Print on both sides manually
Select the Print on Both Sides (Manually) check box to print on the second side of the paper for the HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551, which does not have a duplexing unit installed. Also, select Print on Both Sides (Manually) on the other HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 product models for paper types that are not available when using the automatic duplexing unit, such as cardstock and thick paper.
Manually printing on the second side of a page is available when you are using the HP PCL 6 driver. If a duplexing unit is installed and manual duplexing is enabled in the driver, the product automatically prints on both sides of paper types that are supported for automatic duplexing (Letter, A4, Legal, and 8.5 x 11 only). For paper types that are not supported for automatic duplexing, a Help message appears prompting you to configure the driver settings for manual printing on both sides. Manual printing on both sides does not occur automatically.
Select the paper type that corresponds to the paper that you are using for the print job. The following paper types have a different print modes when you manually print on the second side:
  • Plain
  • Preprinted
  • Letterhead
  • Prepunched
  • Bond
  • Recycled
  • Colored
  • Rough
NOTE:To make the Print on Both Sides (Manually) check box available in the document options, select the Allow Manual Duplexing option on the Device Settings tab in the print-driver Properties tab set. See Installable Options .If you want to print on both sides manually while using paper that is supported for automatic duplexing, you must select and apply the Not Installed setting on the Duplex Unit (for 2-Sided Printing) option on the Device Settings tab.
Cardstock paper can be manually printed on the second side, but no change occurs to the print mode. Transparencies and labels should never be manually printed on the second side.
To print a multiple-page document, follow these steps:
  1. Select the Print on Both Sides (Manually) check box.
  2. Click OK . The even-number pages of the document print.
  3. When the control panel shows the MANUALLY FEED message, insert the stack of paper (on which the even-number pages have been printed) as indicated in the following figure.
Print on Both Sides Instructions dialog box
Figure 15:
When you have completed the steps that appear in the dialog box, the second half of the print job prints on the back side of the stack of paper. The driver does not require the program to specifically support odd- and even-page printing, because the driver coordinates this function.

Flip Pages Up

Use the Flip Pages Up check box to specify the duplex-binding option. By default, the Flip Pages Up check box is not available. It is available only when Print on Both Sides is selected. The following table demonstrates the results of selecting this check box, depending on the paper orientation selected on the Finishing tab.
Page orientation
Orientation (Finishing tab) Flip Pages Up selected Flip Pages Up not selected
PortraitShort-edge bindingLong-edge binding
LandscapeLong-edge bindingShort-edge binding
When Print on Both Sides is selected, the document preview image changes to show a spiral binding along either the left edge or the top edge of the page. In addition, a folded-over corner appears in the lower-right portion of the preview image, indicating that printing occurs on the back side. An arrow on the folded-over corner points in the direction that the pages would be flipped if they were bound together.
Short-side binding is for print jobs with pages that read by flipping over like the pages of a calendar. Long-side binding is for print jobs with pages that read by turning like the pages of a book.

Booklet Layout

The Booklet Layout drop-down menu, visible when Print on Both Sides is selected, offers choices that are based on the current paper size. The default setting for the Booklet Printing drop-down menu is Off . The other settings have the following format, where [paper size] depends on the paper size that is set on the Paper/Quality tab:
  • Left Binding
  • Right Binding
When you select Left Binding or Right Binding , the document preview image changes to show the location of the binding. If the Pages per Sheet setting is on the default setting of 1, it automatically changes to 2 pages per sheet . If you change the Pages per Sheet setting manually to 4, 6, 9, or 16 pages per sheet, the booklet setting is disabled.
Book and Booklet Printing
The HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 supports book and booklet printing.
A book is a print job consisting of at least two pages. It can have a different paper type for the front cover, first page, other pages, last page, or back cover. Use the Covers and Print pages on different paper settings on the Paper/Quality tab to select different paper for the front cover, first page, other pages, and back cover. For more information, see tab features .
A booklet is a print job that places two pages on each side of a sheet that can then be folded into a booklet that is half the size of the paper. Use the Booklet Layout drop-down menu on the Finishing tab to control booklet settings.

Pages per Sheet

Use the Pages per Sheet option to select the number of pages that you want to print on a single sheet of paper. If you choose to print more than one page per sheet, the pages appear smaller and are arranged on the sheet in the order that they would otherwise be printed. The Pages per Sheet drop-down menu provides six settings:
Pages per Sheet preview images
Figure 16:
  • 1 page per sheet (this is the default)
  • 2 pages per sheet
  • 4 pages per sheet
  • 6 pages per sheet
  • 9 pages per sheet
  • 16 pages per sheet
NOTE:When you select an option other than 2 pages per sheet , booklet printing is unavailable.
Related controls indented beneath Pages per Sheet are Print Page Borders and Page Order , which become active when Pages per Sheet is greater than 1.

Print Page Borders

Print Page Borders sets a line around each page image on a printed sheet to help visually define the borders of each logical page.

Page Order

The Page Order drop-down menu contains four selections:
  • Right, then Down
  • Down, then Right
  • Left, then Down
  • Down, then Left
The preview document image changes to reflect alterations in these settings.

Document preview image

The document preview image is a line-drawn image of a page that represents graphics and text. The document preview image is always oriented so that the contents of the page are right-side-up. The document preview image appears in the upper-right corner of the following Printing Preferences driver tabs:
  • Printing Shortcuts
  • Paper/Quality
  • Effects
  • Finishing
  • Color
Switching between tabs does not change the location or appearance of the document preview image. When you move the mouse over the document preview image, the mouse cursor changes from an arrow to a gloved hand. You can toggle between portrait and landscape page orientation by clicking the image.

Orientation

Orientation refers to the layout of the image on the page, and does not affect the way that paper feeds into the product. You can specify the orientation of the print job. The three available orientations are portrait, landscape, and rotated. The default orientation is Portrait .
NOTE: Nearly all software programs establish the orientation for the printed page, so the page orientation in the driver is useful only for the few software programs that do not set an orientation.
The Orientation group box contains the following options:
  • Portrait . The top edge of the document is the shorter edge of the paper.
  • Landscape . The top edge of the document is the longer edge of the paper.
  • Rotate by 180 degrees . This creates a landscape or portrait orientation in which the image is rotated 180°. This setting is useful for printing prepunched paper.
You can toggle orientation between portrait and landscape by clicking the document preview image. If you select the Rotate by 180 degrees check box, the document preview image icon does not visually change on the driver screen to reflect this setting.

Job Storage tab features

NOTE:The Job Storage tab is located on the Printing Preferences tab set.
Use the job-storage feature to store print jobs in the HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 product memory or hard disk for printing at a later time.
The Job Storage tab appears among the driver tabs only if the job-storage feature is enabled on the Device Settings tab. To support job-storage features for complex jobs, or if you often print complex graphics, print postscript (.PS) documents, or use many downloaded fonts, HP recommends that you install additional memory, install a hard disk, or both. Added memory also gives you more flexibility in supporting job-storage features. A minimum total memory of 288 MB is required to use the Proof and Hold and Personal Job job-storage features. A hard disk is required to use the Quick Copy and Stored Job job-storage features.
After a hard disk is installed (HP LaserJet Enterprise color M551xh models only), the driver must be configured to reflect the changes in the product. If bidirectional communication is enabled in your environment, the Update Now feature can be used to update the drivers. For more information, see Automatic Configuration .
To configure the drivers manually after installing a hard disk, follow these steps:
  1. In Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008, click the Start button, click Control Panel , click Hardware and Sound , and then click Printers .
    In Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, click Start , click Settings , and then click Printers and Faxes .
  2. Right-click the product name.
  3. In Windows Vista, Server 2003 and XP click Properties , in Windows 7 and Server 2008 click Printer Properties .
  4. Click the Device Settings tab.
  5. Select Installed for the Printer Hard Disk under Installable Options , and then select Installed in the drop-down menu.
  6. Click OK to make the printer hard disk and job-storage features available.
You can disable the job-storage feature while leaving the printer hard disk enabled. To disable the job-storage feature, follow these steps:
NOTE:The Job Storage tab is not displayed in Printer Preferences when Job storage is disabled.
  1. In Windows Vista and Windows 7, click the Start button, click Control Panel , click Hardware and Sound , and then click Printers .
    In Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008, click Start , click Settings , and then click Printers and Faxes .
  2. Right-click the product name.
  3. Click Properties or Printer properties (Windows 7).
  4. Click the Device Settings tab.
  5. Select Job Storage .
  6. Select the Disabled option.
If the job-storage feature is enabled (without installing a hard disk but with at least 288 MB of total memory–installed memory number is available on the product configuration page in the Memory section), two Job Storage Mode settings are available on the Job Storage tab:
  • Proof and Hold
  • Personal Job
Two additional Job Storage Mode settings become available on the Job Storage tab if a hard disk is installed:
  • Quick Copy
  • Stored Job
The following figure shows the Job Storage tab.
Job Storage tab
The Job Storage tab contains the following controls:
NOTE:Information about using the job-storage feature when printing is also provided here.

Status group box

The unlabeled group box on the Job Storage tab contains a status message about the destination of a print job. The status information changes depending on the selections that are made on the Job Storage tab.

Job Storage Mode

Use the Job Storage Mode options on the HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 product to store documents at the product and then control their printing at the product control panel.
The HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 printer offers the following Job Storage Mode options:
  • Off
  • Proof and Hold
  • Personal Job
  • Quick Copy
  • Stored Job
These options and the settings that control them are described below.

Off

When selected, this option turns the job-storage feature off (it is disabled), which means that the print job will not be stored in the product.

Proof and Hold

To use the Proof and Hold option, the job-storage feature must be enabled.
When selected, this option stores the print job in memory and prints only the first copy of the job, allowing you to check the first copy. If the document prints correctly, set the number of copies to print at the control panel and then print the remaining copies of the print job. You can set the number of proof-and-hold print jobs that can be stored in the product at the control panel.
NOTE:When using the Proof and Hold option, only one copy of the print job is sent to the printer even if multiple copies are specified in the software application you print from. If multiple copies are needed while using the Proof and Hold option, they must be specified at the control panel.
After it is released for printing, the proof-and-hold job is immediately deleted from the product. If more copies are needed, you must reprint the job from the software program. If you send a second proof-and-hold job to the product with the same user name and job name as an existing proof-and-hold job (and you have not released the original job for printing), the job overwrites the existing job. Proof-and-hold jobs are deleted if you turn off the product.
NOTE:The product configuration can be set to hold a maximum of 50 quick-copy or proof-and-hold jobs. The number is set at the product control panel in the CONFIGURATION menu, and the default is 32. When this preset limit is reached, the new document overwrites the oldest held document. Also, a document that has the same user name and job name as one that is already stored on the printer hard disk will overwrite the existing document.

Personal Job

To use the Personal Job option, the job-storage feature must be enabled.
When you select Personal Job , the print job is sent to the product, but is not printed until you request the job at the product control panel. Selecting Personal Job activates the Make Job Private/Secure group box.
If PIN to print is selected in the Make Job Private/Secure dropdown box, the print job can be printed only after you type the correct PIN at the control panel. After the job is printed, the job is immediately deleted from the product. This feature is useful when you are printing sensitive or confidential documents that you do not want to leave in an output bin after printing.
The PIN number for Personal Jobs must be exactly four digits (0 though 9). If non-numeric characters are entered for the PIN number, they disappear from the input field. If more than four characters are entered for the PIN number, the characters past the fourth are truncated. The default value for the PIN is 0000 for Personal Job .
If Encrypt Job (with password) is selected in the Make Job Private/Secure dropdown box, the print job is sent and stored on the product encyrpted. See Encrypt Job (with password) .
After the personal job is released for printing, it is immediately deleted from the product. If more copies are needed, you must reprint the job from the software program. If you send a second personal job that has the same user name and job name as an existing personal job (and you have not released the original job for printing), the job overwrites the existing job, regardless of the PIN. Personal jobs are deleted if you turn off the product.

Quick Copy

To use the Quick Copy option, a printer hard disk must be installed, and the job-storage feature must be enabled.
When you select Quick Copy , the entire print job prints and a copy of the print job is stored on the product, after which you can print additional copies of the print job at the product control panel. The number of quick-copy print jobs that can be stored in the product is set by using the product control panel.
NOTE:The product configuration can be set to hold a maximum of 50 quick-copy or proof-and-hold jobs. The number is set at the product control panel in the CONFIGURATION menu, and the default is 32. When this preset limit is reached, the new document overwrites the oldest held document. Also, a document that has the same user name and job name as one that is already stored on the printer hard disk will overwrite the existing document. Quick Copy jobs are deleted if you turn off the product.

Stored Job

To use the Stored Job option, a hard disk must be installed on the product and the job-storage feature must be enabled.
Use the Stored Job option to send a print job directly to the printer hard disk without printing it. The print job is stored in the product as if it is an electronic file cabinet. After the print job is stored on the printer hard disk, you can print the job at the product control panel.
The job remains stored in the product until it is deleted or overwritten by a document that has the same user name and job name. Stored jobs remain on the printer hard disk when the product is turned off. Use this feature for forms and other common or shared documents.
A stored job can be managed in two ways: as either a public or a private job .
To make a stored job public, set the Make Job Private/Secure dropdown box to None .
To make a stored job private, set the Make Job Private/Secure dropdown box to either PIN to print or Encrypt Job (with password) .
Select PIN to print in the Make Job Private/Secure dropdown box to set the private mode (without encryption). The print job can be printed only after you type the correct, 4–digit PIN at the control panel. For more information on the PIN to print option, see Personal Job .
Select Encrypt Job (with password) to set the private mode with encryption. For more information, see Encrypt Job (with password)
After the job is printed, the job remains in the product and can be printed again at the product control panel.
The group box labeled Make Job Private/Secure is usually inactive. The PIN to print and Encrypt Job (with password) options only become available when you select Stored Job or Personal Job . If you select PIN to print or Encrypt Job (with password) , you must type a PIN to make the stored job private or else select None .
NOTE:A private stored job is not the same as a personal job. Personal jobs are deleted from the product after they are printed. Private stored jobs are retained in the product after printing, but require that a PIN be typed each time they are printed. A printer hard disk is required for Private stored jobs.

Make Job Private/Secure

The Make Job Private/Secure drop-down menu is available when Personal Job or Stored Job is selected.

PIN to print

Select PIN to print from the drop-down menu, and then type a 4-digit PIN number in the box provided. The personal or stored job is sent to the product, where you must enter the 4-digit PIN on the control panel to retrieve the job. For more information on the PIN to print option, see Personal Job

Encrypt Job (with password)

The new HP UPD option Encrypt Job (with password) is available for use with firmware 11.2 or higher), and provides end-to-end secure print job transmission with mutual authentication on the supported devices. The print job is sent and stored encrypted, and can only be printed after entering the password on the device.
Set a password for encrypting a job
  1. Enter a sequence of numeric characters, from 4 to 12 numeric characters in length, in the Password field.
  2. Confirm the password you entered by retyping it in the Confirm field.
    NOTE:The key icon next to the Confirm field will change to green when you correctly retype your password in the Confirm field.
  3. Select Save as default password to save your password and then click the Apply button.
    NOTE:If Save as default password is not selected, the password is not saved even if you print twice from the same application while the application is still open.If Save as default password is selected with a password and used to print a job, and then Save as default password is deselected at a later time, the password will still be used as the default password.

User Name

Use the User Name settings to help identify the job at the product control panel. The following are the User Name settings:
  • User Name. This option associates your Windows user name with the stored print job. The Windows user name automatically appears in the text field below the User Name options.
  • Custom. Use this option to type a custom name for the stored print job. When you click Custom , the text field below the option becomes available. The User Name field can contain no more than 16 characters, and is limited to A through Z and 0 through 9 because the name appears on the product control-panel display. If you try to type a lowercase character, it automatically shifts to uppercase. If you try to type a character in an ASCII code of fewer than 32 or more than 126 characters, the character is removed from the edit field, along with all of the characters that follow it. If you try to type more than 16 characters, any character beyond 16 is truncated.

Job Name

Use the Job Name options to specify a name to identify the job at the product control panel. The following are the Job Name settings:
  • <Automatic> This option, which is the default selection, automatically generates the job name that is associated with the stored print job. The file name of the print job is used if it is available to the print driver. Otherwise, the software program name or a time stamp is used for the job name.
  • Custom . Use this to type a custom job name for the stored print job. When you click Custom , the text field below the option becomes available. In those languages for which <Automatic> cannot be translated without the use of invalid characters, the driver uses a string of three dashes. The acceptable characters for job name and user name vary for each operating system. The string must be of a length and type that can appear on the product control-panel display.
The Job Name field can contain no more than 16 characters, and is limited to A through Z (uppercase or lowercase) and 0 through 9 so that the name can appear on the product control-panel display. If you try to type a character in an ASCII code of fewer than 32 or more than 126 characters, the character is removed from the edit field, along with all of the characters that follow it. If you try to type more than 16 characters, any character beyond 16 is truncated.
When the dialog box is closed, or as soon as the focus is removed from the control (that is, when the Tab key is pressed or another control is selected), an empty string is replaced with <Automatic> . The acceptable characters for job name and user name vary for each operating system. The string must be of a length and type that can appear on the product control-panel display.
If Job Name Exists . When you store a print job, you can create a print-job name or the product software can assign one automatically. If a print job with the same name already exists, the new print job will overwrite the existing print job. To eliminate the chances of a new print job overwriting an old print job because both have the same name, select Use Job Name + (1-99) . After you create the print job name, or when one is created automatically, the product software assigns a number between 1 and 99 to the end of the print job name to make the name unique. Select Replace Existing File if you always want the product software to overwrite an existing print job with the same print job name.

Job Notification Options

Clicking a Job Storage Mode selection causes the User Name and Job Name options to become available. The Display Job ID when printing check box is selected by default. The Display Job ID when printing option causes a pop-up dialog box to appear when the job-storage print job is printed. The dialog box shows the user name and job name that are associated with the stored print job, as well as the printer name, port, and location.

Use job-storage features when printing

To use job-storage features when printing, follow these steps:
  1. Click File , and then click Print from the software program. The Print dialog box appears.
    NOTE:Clicking the print icon in the software program toolbar prints the job without using job-storage features.
  2. Click Properties or Preferences . The Properties or Preferences dialog box appears.
    NOTE:The label for the button that opens the Printer Preferences dialog box varies between software programs.For example, in Adobe Acrobat on Windows 7 the button is labeled Properties . In Internet Explorer 8 the button is labeled Preferences .
  3. Click the Job Storage tab.
  4. Select the job-storage options by clicking the appropriate option button, and then complete any required fields.
  5. Click OK .

Release a job-storage print job

After you send a print job that uses the job-storage feature, you can release the job to print from the product control panel.
  1. Press the Home button to open the menus.
  2. Press the up arrow or the down arrow until Retrieve Job From Device Memory is highlighted on the product control panel, and then press OK .
  3. Press the up arrow or the down arrow to scroll to your user name, and then press OK .
  4. Press the up arrow or the down arrow to scroll to the job name, and then press OK .
  5. Press the up arrow or the down arrow until PRINT is highlighted on the product control panel, and then press OK .
  6. Press OK .
  7. If a PIN number or password is assigned to the job, press the up arrow or the down arrow to select the first digit of the PIN, and then press OK . Repeat this step for each of the remaining digits of the PIN or Password. If no Pin or Password is assigned, repeat this step for each of the remaining three digits of the PIN number.
    If no PIN number is assigned to the job, continue with the next step.
  8. Press the up arrow or the down arrow to select the number of copies to print.
  9. Press OK to print the job.

Delete a job-storage print job

Sometimes it is necessary to delete a print job from the printer hard disk. You can do this from the product control panel.
  1. Press the Home button to open the menus.
  2. Press the up arrow or the down arrow until Retrieve Job From Device Memory is highlighted on the product control panel, and then press OK .
  3. Press the up arrow or the down arrow to scroll to your user name, and then press OK .
  4. Press the up arrow or the down arrow to scroll to the job name, and then press OK .
  5. Press the up arrow or the down arrow until DELETE is highlighted on the product control panel, and then press OK .
  6. Press OK .
  7. If a PIN number or password is assigned to the job, press the up arrow or the down arrow to select the first digit of the PIN, and then press OK . Repeat this step for each of the remaining digits of the PIN or Password. If no Pin or Password is assigned, repeat this step for each of the remaining three digits of the PIN number.
    If no PIN number is assigned to the job, continue with the next step.
  8. Press OK to delete the job.

Color tab features

NOTE:The Color tab is located on the Printing Preferences tab set.
Use the Color tab to specify predefined color-option settings or to fine-tune the color treatments and halftoning. Color output can also be converted to grayscale. The Color tab is shown in the following figure.
Color tab
Figure 17: Color
The Color tab contains the following sets of controls:

Color Options

Use the Color Options group box to adjust the independent color controls. The settings affect the print job color rendering and print quality. The Color Options group box contains the following controls:
  • Automatic option (default)
  • Manual option
  • Settings button (Click this button to open the Color Settings dialog box.)
  • Print in Grayscale check box

Automatic

Use the Automatic option for color settings that automatically fine-tune the printed output. The Automatic color settings provide high-quality output while maintaining product performance for most color printing needs.

Manual

NOTE:To change color settings, first de-select the HP EasyColor option.
To change the color settings, select the Manual option, and then click Settings . The Color Settings dialog box appears.
To change the settings, make your selections by using the drop-down menus in the Color Settings dialog box, and then click OK . The following figure shows the Color Settings dialog box.
Color Settings dialog box
Figure 18: Color Settings
The Color Settings dialog box contains the following controls:
  • General
    • Edge Control
  • Text
    • Neutral Grays
    • Halftone
  • Graphics
    • Neutral Grays
    • Halftone
  • Photographs
    • Neutral Grays
    • Halftone

Settings

General
Use the General setting group to control Edge Control settings for all color printing.
Edge Control determines how edges are rendered. Edge Control consists of three components:
  • Adaptive Halftoning, which increases edge sharpness
  • Trapping, which reduces the effect of color plane mis-registration by slightly overlapping the edges of adjacent objects
  • Color Resolution Enhancement Technology (C-REt), which increases the apparent resolution by placing each dot for the smoothest edges
The Edge Control option offers four settings:
  • Off. The Off setting turns Trapping, Adaptive Halftoning, and C-REt to Off .
  • Light. The Light setting provides minimal trapping. Adaptive Halftoning is set to On and C-REt is set to On .
  • Normal. The Normal setting provides the default trapping settings. Adaptive Halftoning is set to On , and C-REt is set to On .
  • Maximum. The Maximum setting provides the most trapping. Adaptive Halftoning is set to On , and C-REt is set to On .
Neutral Grays
The Neutral Grays drop-down menu controls the selection of a device-dependent color table that is embedded in the product firmware. You can adjust the Neutral Grays setting independently for text, graphics, or photographs. The following options are available:
  • Black Only . This option generates neutral colors (grays and black) by using only black toner. This option guarantees that neutral colors do not have a color cast. Black Only is the default setting for the Text and Graphics components.
  • 4-Color . This option generates neutral colors by combining all four colors of toner, which produces smoother gradients and transitions to non-neutral colors. It also produces the darkest possible black. 4-Color is the default setting for Photographs .
Halftone
The Halftone setting controls the selection of a product-dependent halftone algorithm that is embedded in the product firmware. Halftoning is a method by which the product mixes the four primary colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) in varying proportions to create the appearance of many colors. The Halftone options affect the resolution and clarity of the color on the printed page. You can select Halftone settings for text, graphics, and photographs independently.
The following Halftone options are available:
  • Detail . This is the default option; it is useful for text and graphics that require sharp distinctions among lines or colors, or for images that contain a pattern or a high level of detail. Select this option for sharp edges and detail.
  • Smooth . This option provides better results for large, solid-filled print areas. It also enhances photographs by smoothing out fine color gradations. Select this option for uniform and smooth area fills.

Print in Grayscale

Click the Print in Grayscale option to print a color document in black and white. Use this option to print color documents for photocopying or faxing.

Color Themes

NOTE:To change Color Themes, first de-select the HP EasyColor option.
The Color Themes group box contains the following RGB color options, which determines how colors are rendered:

Default (sRGB)

Select Default (sRGB) for most printing needs. This setting instructs the product to interpret RGB color as sRGB, which is the accepted standard of Microsoft and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Colors are matched to optimize the RGB colors on the screen and to provide vivid images and graphics.

Photo (sRGB)

Select Photo (sRGB) to enhance documents in which the content is mainly bitmap images, such as .GIF or .eps files. This setting instructs the product to use the best color matching for rendering sRGB bitmap images. This setting affects only raster data; it has no effect on text or vector-based graphics. Using glossy paper in combination with this setting provides the maximum enhancement.

Photo (Adobe RGB 1998)

Select Photo (AdobeRGB 1998) for documents that use the AdobeRGB color space rather than sRGB. For example, some digital cameras capture images in Adobe RBG, and documents that are produced with Adobe PhotoShop use the Adobe RGB color space. When printing from a professional software program that uses Adobe RGB, it is important that you turn off the color management in that software program and allow the print driver to manage the color space.

Vivid (sRGB)

The Vivid (sRGB) feature instructs the printer to increase the color saturation in the midtones. Less colorful objects are rendered more colorfully. This value is recommended for printing business graphics.

None

Select None to instruct the printer to print RGB data in raw device mode. To render documents properly when this option is selected, you must manage color in the program in which you are working or in the operating system.
CAUTION:Use this option only if you are familiar with the procedures for managing color in the software program or in the operating system.

Custom Profile

Select Custom Profile when you want to duplicate the printed output from other products or for using special effects. This setting instructs the product to use a custom profile to emulate color output from another product by modifying how color is rendered.
The default custom profile is an emulation of the color table used on the HP Color LaserJet 4650 product. The product holds only one custom profile at a time, so when you download and install another color table, it erases the default color table and installs the new one.
You can download custom profiles from the following Web site:

Document preview image

The document preview image is a line-drawn image of a page that represents graphics and text. The document preview image is always oriented so that the contents of the page are right-side-up. The document preview image appears in the upper-right corner of the following Printing Preferences driver tabs:
  • Printing Shortcuts
  • Paper/Quality
  • Effects
  • Finishing
  • Color
Switching between tabs does not change the location or appearance of the document preview image. When you move the mouse over the document preview image, the mouse cursor changes from an arrow to a gloved hand. You can toggle between portrait and landscape page orientation by clicking the image.

HP EasyColor

If you are using the HP PCL 6 print driver for Windows, the HP EasyColor technology automatically improves mixed-content documents that are printed from Microsoft Office programs. This technology scans documents and automatically adjusts photographic images in .JPEG or .PNG format. HP EasyColor technology enhances the entire image at one time, rather than dividing it into several pieces, which results in improved color consistency, sharper details, and faster printing.
In the following example, the images on the left were created without using the HP EasyColor option. The images on the right show the enhancements that result from using the HP EasyColor option.
Figure 19: HP EasyColor examples
The HP EasyColor option is enabled by default in the HP PCL 6 print driver, so you do not need to make manual color adjustments. To disable the option so you can manually adjust the color settings, open the Color tab, and click the HP EasyColor check box to clear it.

Services tab features

NOTE:The Services tab is located on the Printing Preferences tab set.
The Services tab is shown in the following figure.
Services tab
Figure 20: Services
The Services tab contains the following group boxes:

Internet Services

The Internet Services group box contains the Select a destination drop-down menu with the following selections:
  • Online diagnostic tools . This is the HP Instant Support Web site, where you can find interactive tools and contacts for troubleshooting.
  • Support and troubleshooting . This is the main Web site for HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 product support.
  • Product manuals . View or download HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 product manuals.
  • Check for driver updates . Automatically check your print drivers to see whether the correct and most up-to-date print drivers are installed.
  • Color printing access/usage . Find information about enabling and disabling color printing and tracking color print-job usage.
  • Show me how . Find tips on using your HP product.
If you have Internet access, select any of these items and click Go! to open the corresponding HP Web page.

Device services

Click the Device and Supplies Status icon to open the Device Status screen of the HP EWS, which shows supply levels and control panel status.
Click the Print Color Usage Job Log icon to print a color usage job report.

Device Settings tab features

NOTE:The Device Settings tab is located on the Properties tab set.
Available options depend on the feature. The following figure shows the Device Settings tab.
Device Settings tab
Figure 21: Device Settings
The Device Settings tab contains controls for paper-handling devices and controls for managing the HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 product.
The Device Settings tab contains the following controls:

Form to Tray Assignment

A network administrator can use Form to Tray Assignment to specify the paper size in each input tray.
The HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 product supports more than one source of paper. You can assign a form (which defines the paper size and margins) to each paper source. When a form is matched to a source, you can select the form when you print. The product prints from the tray to which that form is assigned.
Network administrators can use the Form to Tray Assignment setting to specify, in the driver, the paper size that is loaded into each available input tray. The use of forms constrains the choices that are available in the paper-size list on the Paper/Quality tab in the Printing Preferences driver tabs. This constraint prevents (or reduces the likelihood of) tying up the product with paper-mount messages that occur when users request sizes or types that are not available.
The trays listed in the Form to Tray Assignment setting include standard trays and optional accessory trays. Generally, items that are installed separately have a separate Installable Options setting.
The input trays listed here are also listed as paper sources on the Paper/Quality tab.
Configuring the trays
  1. Select the appropriate tray in the Form to Tray Assignment list.
  2. Use the drop-down menu to select the paper size (or form) that is loaded in that tray.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the remaining trays.
  4. Click OK to enable your settings, or, if necessary, click Cancel to reconfigure all the trays, and remove the size and type constraints that have been imposed on the Paper/Quality tab.

Font Substitution Table

Use the plus (+) symbol next to theFont Substitution Table settings to change the TrueType to printer font mapping and to install and remove external fonts for the product through the External Fonts option. External fonts can be soft fonts or DIMM fonts.
Click the plus (+) symbol next to the Font Substitution Table option to open a list of fonts, as shown in the following figure. Use the settings to change the TrueType-to-product font mappings.
Font Substitution Table
Figure 22: Font Substitution Table

External Fonts

Use the External Fonts option to install and remove external fonts for the product. External fonts can be soft fonts or DIMM fonts.
Click the External Fonts option to make the Properties button available. Click Properties to open the HP Font Installer dialog box, which is shown in the following figure.
HP Font Installer dialog box
Figure 23: HP Font Installer
Installing external fonts
Follow these steps to install external fonts.
  1. In Windows Vista and Windows 7, click the Start button, click Control Panel , click Hardware and Sound , and then click Printers .
    In Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008, click Start , click Settings , and then click Printers and Faxes .
  2. Right-click the name of the product.
  3. In Windows Vista, Server 2003 and XP click Properties , in Windows 7 and Server 2008 click Printer Properties .
  4. Click the Device Settings tab.
  5. Click the External Fonts option. The Properties button appears.
  6. Click Properties . The HP Font Installer dialog box appears.
  7. Type the name and path of the font metric file in the Printer Font File Location text box, or click Browse to locate the file on the computer. The font file names appear in the Font(s) to be Added window.
  8. Select the fonts that you want to add, and then click Add . The fonts are installed and the file names appear in the Installed Font(s) window.
  9. Click OK to close the HP Font Installer dialog box.
Removing external fonts
  1. In Windows Vista and Windows 7, click the Start button, click Control Panel , click Hardware and Sound , and then click Printers .
    In Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008, click Start , click Settings , and then click Printers and Faxes .
  2. Right-click the name of the product.
  3. In Windows Vista, Server 2003 and XP click Properties , in Windows 7 and Server 2008 click Printer Properties .
  4. Click the Device Settings tab.
  5. Click the External Fonts option. The Properties button appears.
  6. Click Properties . The HP Font Installer dialog box appears. The external fonts that are installed appear in the Installed Fonts window.
  7. Select the fonts that you want to remove, and then click Remove . The fonts are removed.
  8. Click OK to close the HP Font Installer dialog box.

Installable Options

Items under Installable Options are set based on the current printer configuration when the driver is installed.
The HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 product has printing options that you can install and configure in this section. The following controls are available:

Automatic Configuration

Use the Device Settings tab to tell the driver about the hardware configuration of the product. If bidirectional communication is enabled in a supported environment, update this tab by selecting the Update Now setting in the Automatic Configuration setting. The default setting is Off . After an automatic configuration, the setting returns to Off after the changes are made.
If your environment does not support bidirectional communication, the Update Now setting is unavailable, so you must manually configure the options on this tab.
If you have more than one driver installed for the product (for example, the default HP PCL 6 Print Driver and the HP PCL 5 Universal Print Driver), the Update Now feature works automatically only on the driver on which it is activated. The other driver will not be updated, and might show the default setting for the specific product model.

Printer Status Notification

When enabled, this option displays a small status-notification window in the lower-right corner of the screen. This window is visible while printing a document or while viewing the print driver settings. It provides information about the status of the document being printed as well as information about the printer, including the current status of the printer supplies.

Tray 3

This control specifies whether you have Tray 3, an additional 500-sheet tray, installed on the product. Tray 3 comes standard on HP LaserJet Enterprise color M551xh only.

Duplex Unit (for 2-Sided Printing)

The duplexing unit comes installed on the HP LaserJet Enterprise color M551dn and the 5HP LaserJet Enterprise color M551xh product models.
NOTE:The HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 product supports smart duplexing. The product uses the smart duplexing feature to detect information on both sides of the print job pages and only runs the pages through the duplexing unit if printable information appears on the second side of the page.

Allow Manual Duplexing

Select Allow Manual Duplexing to print on both sides of any supported size and most types of paper (except transparencies, envelopes, and labels). To use this feature, you must reinsert the paper stack into the input tray to print the second side. The product pauses while you make this adjustment.
This setting is enabled by default.

Printer Hard Disk

When this option is installed, the Job Storage option and the Mopier Mode are enabled in the print driver. Use the Job Storage option to store print jobs and then print them later from the control panel. The multiple-original print (mopy) function is an HP-designed feature that produces multiple, collated copies from a single print job.

Job Storage

When Job Storage is enabled, the product can store print jobs so that you can gain access to those print jobs later at the control panel.

Secure Printing

The new HP UPD option Encrypt Job (with password) is available for use with this printer and provides end-to-end secure print job transmission with mutual authentication on the supported devices. The print job is sent and stored encrypted, and can only be printed after entering the password on the device.
Setting this to disabled results in the setting Encrypt Job not to be listed under Make Job Private/Secure on the Job Storage tab.
The default is Automatic , enabling the setting to be selected from the Job Storage tab.

Job Separator

Use this control to specify whether a print job identifier page should be printed between print jobs. The Job Separator feature is disabled by default.

Mopier Mode

The multiple-original print (mopy) function is an HP-designed feature that produces multiple, collated copies from a single print job. Multiple-original printing (mopying) increases performance and reduces network traffic by transmitting the job to the product once, and then storing it in memory or on the hard disk. The remainder of the copies are printed at the fastest speed. All documents that are printed in mopier mode can be created, controlled, managed, and finished from the computer, which eliminates the extra step of using a photocopier.
The HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 supports the transmit-once mopying feature when the Mopier Mode: setting on the Device Settings tab is Enabled .
When you use the HP PCL 6 Print Driver, mopying is performed in one of two ways: either through the software or through the product hardware. When mopier mode is enabled, mopying takes place through the product hardware. One copy of a multiple-page print job is transmitted once through the network to the product, together with a printer job language (PJL) command directing the product to make the specified number of copies.
When you disable mopier mode, you are not necessarily disabling multiple collated copies, which the driver can still perform through the software rather than the product hardware (the mopying path that is disabled when you change the Mopier Mode setting to Disabled ). However, a multiple-copy print job that is sent when the mopier is disabled loses the advantage of transmitting the print job once, because the job is sent through the network for each collated copy.
Mopier mode and collation
Mopying and collating print jobs are independent but closely related functions. Mopying, the ability to send original print jobs to the product, is performed by the print driver. Collating can be controlled by either the print driver or the document software program. The mopying mode is selected by default in the driver, and can be disabled by changing the Mopier Mode setting on the Device Settings tab to Disabled .
Control collation through the print driver by selecting or clearing the Collated check box on the Advanced tab. Click Copy Count under the Paper Output setting. You can clear the check box, which is available only when the Copy Count option is set to more than 1 copy, to allow the software program to control collation.
To receive uncollated multiple copies of a print job, you must clear the Collated check box and make sure that the software program collation feature is not selected.
The following table shows the relation between mopier mode settings and collation settings in the software program and the driver. The first three columns show the settings; the last column, "Expected result", shows how a 3-page print job would appear.
Driver mopier mode and collation settings
Mopier modeApplication collationDriver collationExpected result
DisabledNot selectedNot selected3 copies uncollated
DisabledNot selectedSelected3 copies uncollated
DisabledSelectedNot selected3 copies collated
DisabledSelectedSelected3 copies collated
EnabledNot selectedNot selected3 copies uncollated
EnabledNot selectedSelected3 copies uncollated
EnabledSelectedNot selected3 copies collated
EnabledSelectedSelected3 copies collated

About tab features

NOTE:The About tab is located on the Properties tab set.
The About tab provides detailed information about driver component versions. It contains an overall build version number (in parentheses after the model name) together with specific information about each of the components. The information varies according to the HP LaserJet Enterprise 500 color M551 model number, driver, date, and versions. The About tab is shown in the following figure.
About tab
Figure 24: About
The About tab lists driver installation file names and their version numbers. The About tab also indicates whether the driver was auto-configured, whether administrator preferences were set, the date the driver was last configured, and whether the configuration is auto-configured or user-configured.
The About button is also available on most driver screens. The About button provides a PCL and UPD driver version numbers.
NOTE:The HP PCL 6 print driver is installed by default when using the installer CD. It can also be downloaded from www.hp.com with an installer or just the driver. In all cases, the driver will be listed as UPD Version 5.3.0.10295 . This refers to the HP PCL 6 driver version NOT the UPD driver version as stated. This will be removed in a future version of the driver.

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