ICDL Using a Computer Chapter 5. Print Management

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Contents

Chapter 5. Print management

Setup

Abstract

Change the default printer from an installed printer list.

Suppose you have more than one printer available to which to print. The default printer is the printer that will automatically be offered to you when you wish to print. Other printers have to be specifically selected.

  1. Start Applications->Configuration->Configure your computer.
  2. Click Hardware in the category list.
  3. Click PrinterDrake in the right hand pane. This screen is displayed at the start of the following section. (screenshot needed)
  4. Select the printer you wish to make the default.
  5. Click Set as default on the toolbar.
  6. Click OK.
  7. File->Quit or press Ctrl-Q to quit PrinterDrake.
  8. File->Quit or press Ctrl-Q to quit Configure your computer.

NB: Above section needs rejigging for MEPIS.

Install a new printer on the computer

Install a new printer using autodetect

The following explanation applies when no printers have yet been installed on the computer.

  1. Connect the printer to the computer using either a parallel port or a USB port.
  2. Make sure the power in connected to the printer and both the power switch at the power point and the power switch on the computer are both turned on.
  3. Start Applications->Configuration->Configure your computer.
  4. Click Hardware in the category list.
  5. Click PrinterDrake in the right hand panel. If the system detects the printer, it will give you information and ask you to confirm you wish to install the printer.
  6. Click Yes.
  7. You may be prompted to insert a CD. If so, just follow the prompts. When the installation is complete, the screen shown on the following capture will be displayed. (screenshot needed)

NB: Above section needs rejigging for MEPIS.

Install additional printers

  1. Start Applications->Configuration->Configure your computer.
  2. Click Hardware in the category list.
  3. Click PrinterDrake in the right hand pane. The following screen will be displayed. (screenshot needed)
  4. Click Add Printer.

You will be given the option of autodetecting printers or of manually installing printers. If you select the autodetect option, the process will be the same as that just described.

NB: Above section needs rejigging for Mepis.

The following explanation assumes that you will install a printer not attached to the computer. If at any stage you do connect this printer, you will be able to use it immediately.

  1. In the next screen that appears, clear all the checkboxes. Click Next. (screenshot needed)
  2. Specify which port the printer will be attached to. Click Next. (screenshot needed)
  3. Unless you have one of the multifunction devices listed in the next screen, click No. (screenshot needed)
  4. Give the printer a meaningful name. The name may not contain spaces. Use only letters and the underscore character. Click Next. (screenshot needed)
  5. Click on the make of printer. (screenshot needed)
  6. Select the model. Click Next. (screenshot needed)
  7. Set Printer defaults. Click Next. (screenshot needed)
  8. Decide whether the new printer will be the default printer. Click Next. (screenshot needed)
  9. In the final stage, you will be given the option of printing a test page.


Print outputs

Abstract

Print a document from a text editing application.

  1. File->Print
  2. Select a printer by clicking on the Name window. (screenshot needed)
  3. Adjust Print range and Copies as required.
  4. Click OK.

View a print job’s progress using a desktop print manager

  1. Start Applications->Configuration->KDE->Peripherals->Printers. (screenshot needed)
  2. Highlight the printer you wish to view.
  3. Click the Jobs tab.
  4. The progress of the print job will be displayed in the pane below.
  5. Click Close to exit this window.

NB: Above section needs rejigging for MEPIS.

Pause, re-start, delete a print job using a desktop print manager

Pause printing

  1. Start Applications->Configuration->KDE->Peripherals->Printers.
  2. Highlight the printer you wish to view.
  3. Click the Jobs tab.
  4. Right click on the job to display a context menu.
  5. Click Hold.

NB: Above section needs rejigging for MEPIS.

Resume printing

  1. Right click on the paused print job.
  2. Click Resume.

Delete a job

  1. Highlight the job. (screenshot needed)
  2. Press Delete.
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