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Changing Print Settings in Windows 8

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Introduction

This document describes how to change the print settings in Windows 8, depending on if you print from a program on the Desktop or from an app on the Start screen.
Learn more about print settings and how to change them when printing from a program on the Desktop.
Use the following steps to change the print settings for a single print job from the Windows 8 Desktop.
  1. Open the document that you want to print. Click or tap File , and then click or tap Print . The Print window opens.
  2. Click or tap the button that opens the Properties dialog box. Depending on the software program, the button might be Properties , Options , Printer setup , Printer , or Preferences .
  3. Select the print settings for the current print job, and then click or tap OK .
  1. Open the document that you want to print. Click or tap File , and then click or tap Print . The Print window opens.
  2. Click or tap the button that opens the Properties dialog box. Depending on the software program, the button might be Properties , Options , Printer setup , Printer , or Preferences .
  3. Click or tap the Paper/Quality tab.
  4. Under the Paper Size heading, click or tap the arrow ( ) to open the drop-down menu, and then select a paper size.
  5. Click or tap OK .
Follow these steps to change the orientation of the print job between portrait or landscape for a single print job in the Windows 8 Desktop.
  1. Open the document that you want to print. Click or tap File , and then click or tap Print . The Print window opens.
  2. Click or tap the button that opens the Properties dialog box. Depending on the software program, the button might be Properties , Options , Printer setup , Printer , or Preferences .
  3. Click or tap the Layout tab.
  4. Under the Orientation heading, click or tap the arrow ( ) to open the drop-down menu, and then select Portrait or Landscape .
  5. Click or tap OK .
Printed text size cannot be changed in the general Windows 8 print settings. For instructions on how to change the text size in a specific program, see that program's help guide.
Follow these steps to change the default print settings for all print jobs from the Windows 8 Desktop.
  1. Right-click or touch and hold the bottom left side of the screen to open the menu. From the menu, click or tap Control Panel , and then click or tap View devices and printers .
  2. Right-click or touch and hold the printer icon ( ) for your printer, and then click or tap Printing preferences .
  3. Select your new default print settings, and then click or tap OK .
Use the following guide to help you understand the print settings.
NOTE:The names of the tabs and settings might be different, depending on your printer model.

Settings on the Features or Layout tab of the Printing Preferences screen

SettingDescription
Print qualityBest produces the best print quality at the slowest printing speed. Normal or Everyday increases the print speed and decreases the print quality. FastDraft produces draft quality at the fastest printing speed.
Paper typeAutomatic is the default setting. It enables the printer to automatically select the paper type. You can also select a paper type from the drop-down list.
Paper sizeSelect the paper size from the drop-down list.
ResolutionSet the resolution of printed images. Resolution is measured in dots per square inch (dpi).

NOTE:Generally, the higher the resolution, the slower the print speed.
Two-sided printingPrint a two-sided document manually by printing one side, reloading the paper, and then printing the other side.
Pages per sheetSelect the number of pages to print on each sheet of paper.
Color optionsChoose to print in Grayscale
Image whose each pixel can be black, white, or a shade of gray, because it is controlled by more than one bit of computer memory. As more bits are employed, the number of possible combinations grows exponentially. For example, if four bits control a pixel, the number of possible shades of gray is 16, with eight bits it becomes 256 shades.
or Black only .

Settings on the Advanced tab of the Printing Preferences screen

SettingDescription
Ink volumeDecrease or increase the amount of ink used to print a document.
Dry timeIncrease the time the printer holds a document after printing. (Use this setting if the ink on your printed document smears.)
Poster printingSelect the number of sheets of paper on which to print a poster.
Page orderChoose the order in which multiple pages print on one sheet of paper.
Learn more about print settings and how to change them when printing from a Start screen app.
NOTE:If you are not using the latest version of Windows 8, the information in this document might not match. You can get the latest version from the Microsoft Store.
  1. From the Start screen, click the app that you want to print from.
  2. Move the mouse cursor to top or bottom right corner of the screen to open the Charms Bar.
  3. Click Devices , click Print , and then click the HP print driver that you installed.
    NOTE:Since it is up to the app developer to include printing, not all apps have a print option. If no printers display, make sure that an HP print driver was installed, and then contact the app developer to determine if it supports printing.
  4. Change any print settings that apply to your print job. If you want the settings to be the same for all apps, select Use these settings in all apps .
  5. Click Print .
  1. From the Start screen, click the app that you want to print from.
  2. Move the mouse cursor to top or bottom right corner of the screen to open the Charms Bar.
  3. Click Devices , click Print , and then click the HP print driver that you installed.
    NOTE:Since it is up to the app developer to include printing, not all apps have a print option. If no printers display, make sure that an HP print driver was installed, and then contact the app developer to determine if it supports printing.
  4. Click More settings .
  5. Under Paper and quality , select a paper size from the Size drop-down list.
  6. Click the Back Arrow ( ).
  7. Click Print .
Follow these steps to set portrait or landscape printed output for a single print job from a Windows 8 Start screen app.
  1. From the Start screen, click the app that you want to print from.
  2. Move the mouse cursor to top or bottom right corner of the screen to open the Charms Bar.
  3. Click Devices , click Print , and then click the HP print driver that you installed.
    NOTE:Since it is up to the app developer to include printing, not all apps have a print option. If no printers display, make sure that an HP print driver was installed, and then contact the app developer to determine if it supports printing.
  4. From the Orientation drop-down list, select Portrait or Landscape .
  5. Click Print .
You cannot change printed text size in the general Windows 8 print settings. From the program you are printing from, review the help guide for instructions to change the text size.
Use the following guide for descriptions of the available print settings in Start screen apps.
NOTE:Depending on your printer model, some settings might not be available and might have different names.

Settings in the Preview window

SettingDescription
CopiesChoose the number of copies of the document you wish to print.
OrientationPortrait or Landscape
Color modeChoose to print in Grayscale
Image whose each pixel can be black, white, or a shade of gray, because it is controlled by more than one bit of computer memory. As more bits are employed, the number of possible combinations grows exponentially. For example, if four bits control a pixel, the number of possible shades of gray is 16, with eight bits it becomes 256 shades.
or Monochrome
Image whose pixel can be black, or white, because it is controlled by one bit of computer memory.
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Settings in the 'More settings' window

SettingDescription
OrientationPortrait or Landscape
CollationThis option is used when more than one copy of a document will be printed. Collated prints the entire document before printing the next copy of the entire document. Uncollated prints all copies of a page before printing the next page of a document.
Output qualityHigh quality produces the best print quality at the slowest printing speed. Normal increases the print speed and decreases the print quality. Draft produces draft quality at the fastest printing speed.
TypePlain paper is the default setting. You can also select a paper type from the drop-down list.
SizeSelect the paper size from the drop-down list.
TrayAuto select is the default setting.
Duplex printingPrint a two-sided document manually by printing one side, reloading the paper, and then printing the other side.
Pages per sheetSelect the number of pages to print on each sheet of paper.
Color modeChoose to print in Monochrome
Image whose pixel can be black, or white, because it is controlled by one bit of computer memory.

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