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    Consider Multiple Printers

    If you regularly have to go into the properties dialog of your printer because you want to print a draft or change to print 2up copies, etc. simply add a printer that is the same as the original printer and then change its default properties.

    Be sure to give it a distinctive name to avoid confusion with the original printer and make the most used one the default printer.

    I have this setup for my HP laser (1. Standard settings, 2. Prints 2up layout - to save on paper for perusing lines of VBA code, etc.) and a Canon inkjet (1. High quality paper, 2. Plain paper - draft copies)

    When printing, I simply select the correct printer--they are named for their function--and save having to revisit the relevant printer's properties dialog to change it!

    Leigh

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    Re: Consider Multiple Printers

    For those on a network: this worked fine in Windows 98 with our networked printers, but I can't seem to do it with Windows 2000. Oh well, I can ask my friends in IT to set it up on their end instead...

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    Re: Consider Multiple Printers

    <img src=/S/shocked.gif border=0 alt=shocked width=15 height=15> Friendly people in IT!?! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Consider Multiple Printers

    Hi Leigh

    Going a little further...
    First, go to Southbay Software and download Printer Express. Unfortunately it is no longer free, but is well worth the $12.00US asking price, IMHO.
    Set up (install) a separate printer ID for the various sizes of paper and/or orientations that you commonly use. Give each an appropriately descriptive name.
    Now you can select the printer and printer setup, at any point in your computing session, with 2 clicks on your mouse. (It changes your 'default' printer on the fly.)
    I've been using it several times daily for well over a year on both a full office lan with server, router, etc (printers on several computers) and on a two computer P2P hookup with a printer on each.

    Have a Great day!!!
    Ken
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