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When printing directly from Windows 8.1 using File Explorer, so far we haven't seen anything that allows us to make adjustments to the printer options. Well that's what we're going to look at right now. First we'll go to the desktop environment by clicking the Desktop tile. And we can use our Exercise files, really can use any file you like, by double-clicking Exercise Files on my desktop, I do launch File Explorer. And now I can go to one of these like Veggies, for example, if I wanted to Print this out but, I wanted to print out a draft and I don't want to use up my color ink.
I can change some of those printer options by going to Share, just as we did before to Print. When I click Print, I'll see all of the regular options I'm used to seeing. And I change it to my printer, which is the HP PhotoSmart C3100 series. Now you may have a different printer which will give you different options. But the options that we see here are all the same until we go down to the very bottom right corner here and click the Options link. Here's where we can get into our printer options. So let's give it a click.
You'll see a couple of settings like Sharpening for Printing is done automatically. If you don't like that feature, you can turn it off. I like it. And the other thing that I leave checked all the time is to only show the options that are compatible with my printer. I don't need to see other options that don't apply to the printer I'm using. So Windows knows I'm using the HP PhotoSmart printer. When I go down to Printer options, I'm going to see options that apply to that printer only. So go ahead and give it a click. And you'll see by default printing shortcut appears. That's the tab that's selected with a number of presets.
For example if I wanted to do presentation printing and I click that. Notice I get Print quality set to best, plain paper, letter orientation portrait. I'm not printing on both sides and I'm not printing in grey scale. If I go to Photo printing borderless, I see a number of different changes in even the options that appear on this list. Of course we can set any of these up ourselves creating a custom set of options. Let's go to General Everyday Printing. For example we do want to Print on letter using plain paper, but the Print quality maybe we just want to do a fast draft.
It's going to use a less ink, save us a little bit of money. We don't need to Print on both sides, and the orientation set to portrait is fine. What I'm seeing here as far as a thumbnail goes you can see includes some color. And I can actually click this to change the orientation. I'm going to leave it at portrait. I want to change the color options. Well, in that case I need to go to the Color tab. I don't want to use up my color ink, so I'm not going to print in color. I'm going to Print in grayscale. And I don't need High quality. Again, this is a fast draft. So when you click the drop down you can see an option to choose blank ink only, if you have a similar printer to what I'm using, an inkjet printer with ink cartridges.
Now again, different printers have different options, you may not have exactly what I have here. So by using the black ink only I'll be saving on color ink. Even with gray-scale set to high quality, you will sometimes use some of the color ink to achieve that result. Alright, so now all I have to do is click OK to save those changes. I have a custom set of changes now that have been applied and when I go to Print, that's exactly what I'm going to see. A nice fast draft using little ink, no color. And if I like what I see I can make adjustments if I don't.
And eventually Print it in full quality, but I'll be saving paper and ink by setting up some of those options. That's where we get to them, by clicking the Options link down here in the bottom right corner. Let's click Cancel unless you really want to Print. We'll close up File Explorer. Press the Windows key to return to the Start screen.
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