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Monday, August 6, 2007

Printing in Mac OS X

Tiger makes document printing a breeze. Because virtually all Mac printers use a Universal Serial Bus (USB) port, setting up printing couldn't be easier. Turn on your printer and connect the USB cable between the printer and your laptop; Tiger does the rest.

Printer manufacturers supply you with installation software that might add cool extra software or fonts to your system. Even if Tiger recognizes your USB printer immediately, you should still launch the manufacturer's Mac OS X installation disc.

After your printer is connected and installed, you can use the same procedure to print from just about every Mac OS X application on the planet! To print using the default page layout settings — standard 8-1/2-x-11–inch paper, portrait mode, no scaling — follow these steps:

1. Within the active application, choose File --> Print or press Command+P.

Mac OS X displays the Print dialog box.

2. To print from a different printer connected to your laptop or to print over a network connection to a shared printer on another computer, follow these steps:

• Click the Printer pop-up menu.

• In this pop-up menu, Tiger displays all the printers that you can access.

• Click the desired printer to select it.

3. To check what the printed document will look like, click Preview.

If you have to make changes to the document or you need to change the default print settings, click Cancel to return to your document. (You have to repeat Step 1 to display the Print dialog box again.)

4. For more than one copy, click in the Copies field and type the number of copies you need.

Collation (separating copies) is also available, and it doesn't cost a thing!

5. To print a range of selected pages, select the From radio button and then enter the starting and ending pages.

To print the entire document, leave the default Pages option set to All.

6. If the application offers its own print settings, such as collating and grayscale printing, make any necessary changes to those settings.

To display these application-specific settings, click the Copies & Pages pop-up menu in the Print dialog box and choose the desired settings pane that you need to adjust. (You can blissfully ignore these settings and skip this step if the defaults are fine.)

7. When you're set to go, click the Print button.

You can also save an electronic version of a document in the popular Adobe Acrobat PDF format from the Print dialog box — without spending money on Adobe Acrobat — by following these steps:

1. Click the PDF button to display the destination list.

2. Choose Save as PDF.

Tiger prompts you with a Save As dialog box, where you can type a name for the PDF document and specify a location on your hard drive where the file should be saved.

If you like, you can even fax a PDF document or send it as an email attachment! Just choose these options from the destination list instead of choosing Save as PDF

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