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We've already learned in a previous lesson that when you connect a device to your computer, Windows 7 does an excellent job of locating the driver, installing it if necessary and getting your device up and running. Well, Windows 7 is going to change the way you interact with the many devices you might connect to your computer. Of course, we have that one convenient Devices and Printers location, click the Windows Orb and choose Devices and Printers, and for here, you can see we can view and configure all of our devices like printers, cameras, phones and USB drives and so on.
But there is a new technology called Device Stage, and it's going to simplify the process of installing multifunction devices like Smart Phones, Media Players, multifunction printers. So let's explore that now. I just plugged in a printer, an HP Deskjet 3600. You can see down below I've got this little icon and it's an actual picture of my printer. This is what the printer looks like, and with Device Stage, because HP has written a page for Device Stage here in Windows 7, I can click this to open up the device and get some additional queues, some additional functionality built into this Window that will allow me to control this device.
For example, I see the picture of the device here. I've also got the queue showing up, no documents in the queue, my printer is ready so I see the status right from this window. I can also set up some of the properties for this printer. For example, Letter, Portrait, if I click the link, I go into the hp deskjet 3600 series properties that we're used to seeing in previous versions of Windows, where we go to affect the properties of a device like this. So it takes me directly there to the Paper/Quality tab where I can start changing things, such as the paper size and orientation.
I am going to click Cancel. Also down below, you can see HP has written some functionality into this, where I can see what's printing. So I can view, pause or cancel any print jobs. You can do things like Change color, layout, and paper settings, customize my printer, double-clicking this will open up the Properties window again, but this time it's the General tab and you can see I can create a location, change the name for this printer and so on. So I am going to click Cancel once again. Now that's Device Stage. Now, there is a long list of devices that you can connect and Device Stage will display a window like this.
It all depends on the manufacturers of those devices if they have provided this type of programming to Microsoft. So the list will continue to grow over time. So as you plug in your devices, Device Stage may click in and you may see a window like this or it may just do the automatic installation of the driver and have your device up and running, like we saw in that previous lesson. So at anytime if we close this up, we can always go back to the Windows Orb, to Devices and Printers and double- click a device that uses Device Stage technology to go back to that window and of course, when you're done, close by clicking the Close button.
That's Device Stage.
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