Drivers Driving you crazy? Get the Most Out of Your Print Drivers!
Part Two Of Three
That was all about the options on the right side of this tab. Now, let’s have a look at what is on the left side. The left side of this tab has options that let you create shortcuts for the preferences you use often. The drivers typically come with defaults such as a standard tabloid size (11X17), default letter size and a special ecoSmart feature that saves you money at the end of the day. If you do make any changes to the settings on this tab, you should ensure that you save the changes in using the button that’s just above the HP logo in the bottom left corner of the tab.
This tab begins with an option that allows you to set your preferred paper type, source, and size. You can also change the print quality as well on this tab. On the print quality section, I recommend using the ImageRET 4800 option as it allows many different pixel dot sizes and technical settings to be accommodated by the toner being used on the page. You can, however, change the print quality setting to 1200X1200 if you so wish. Just below the print quality option is the gross level option that basically lets you decide how glossy you want your final output to be. This option is set to default but you can change it to standard or best depending on what you want to achieve.
The Effects Tab is useful if you wish to scale your document. You can choose between different paper sizes ranging from ‘actual size’ to whichever paper size you want and then proceed to scale the document to fit. There is also a fancy option of printing your document at a% of its actual size.
The Effects Tab is also where you can find watermarks. If you want to add watermarks to your documents, you can include them using the Edit button in the watermarks section. You can play around with things like font type, size, shading, and color of the watermark. You can also choose which direction you want your watermark to follow e.g; vertical, horizontal, diagonal, etc. Once you are finished editing, you should move on to save the end-product. You can alternatively choose one of the preset watermarks provided by HP that read Sample, Draft, and Confidential.
This tab is home to options like page orientation, how many sheets to be printed per page, whether to print on one or both sides of a single sheet of paper. Most of these options may seem trivial or unnecessary but they can sometimes come in really handy. The Finishing Tab has most of the options available in the Printing Shortcuts Tab. The repetition or duplication of settings is done deliberately as users may still have use for these settings at this stage of printing. The driver gives you one last chance to change the settings of the document. There are also a few more options on the Finishing Tab that help to wrap things up nicely.
If your printer has hole punching or stapler built-in, the Output Tab can allow you to choose how many of those you want on the page. You can also choose which output tray you want your documents to come out from. You may have fewer or more options depending on the peripheral device attached to your computer.
Job Storage Tab
If you print a lot of documents that are similar to the one you are doing, you can choose to save this particular printing format on your copier or printer using the Job Storage Tab. The printing settings will be stored in your printer’s hard drive and you can use them whenever you need to print similar documents. These features can save you loads of time and effort especially if you work in a busy office environment. You can also choose to save the printing format private or public depending on your needs and preferences.