Using Features in the Printer Driver

When you print from a software application, many of the printer's features are available from the printer driver. To access Windows printer drivers, see page 15.

Note HP PCL 5e, PCL 6, PS, and Macintosh drivers are slightly different.

Check the drivers for available options. The PCL 6 driver takes full advantage of the printer's features.

Settings in the printer driver and software application override control panel settings. (Software application settings override printer driver settings.)

Saving Printer Setup Information

Printer drivers allow you to save the printer settings you use most often as the default settings. For example, the driver might be set to print on letter size paper, portrait orientation, with automatic tray selection (from the first available tray).

Some PCL 6 printer drivers will allow you to save printer settings for multiple kinds of print jobs. For example, you might want to create a Quick Set for envelopes, or for printing the first page of a document on letterhead.

Look for the Quick Sets option in the Windows PCL 6 printer driver, or see the printer driver help for more information.

Printing with a Watermark

A watermark is a notice, such as "Top Secret," printed in the background of each page in a document. Check the driver for available options.

Printing the First Page on Different Paper

From the PCL 6 printer driver, you can choose to print the first page of a document on different paper than the rest of the pages. Look for "Use different paper for first page" in the printer driver.

Printing Multiple Pages on One Sheet of Paper

You can print more than one page on a single sheet of paper. This feature is available in some printer drivers, and provides a cost-effective way to print draft pages.

To print more than one page on a sheet of paper, look for a Layout or Pages Per Sheet option in the printer driver. (This is sometimes called 2-up, 4-up, or n-up printing.)

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Figure 16 Sample Layout Options (1-up, 2-up, and 4-up)

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