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Printing files directly from Windows

From: Windows 8.1 Essential Training

Video: Printing files directly from Windows

Here in Windows 8.1, if you have a file you need to print, you don't have to launch the native application to open that file up and print from there. You can print directly from File Explorer. Now this can be especially handy if someone sends you a file that you can't open because you don't have the software. Let's go to the desktop to launch File Explorer. From here I'm just going to double-click my exercise files. You can launch File Explorer down from the taskbar and navigate to your exercise files. And you see I have a number of different types.

Printing files directly from Windows

Here in Windows 8.1, if you have a file you need to print, you don't have to launch the native application to open that file up and print from there. You can print directly from File Explorer. Now this can be especially handy if someone sends you a file that you can't open because you don't have the software. Let's go to the desktop to launch File Explorer. From here I'm just going to double-click my exercise files. You can launch File Explorer down from the taskbar and navigate to your exercise files. And you see I have a number of different types.

I have some jpeg files, I have a music file that I never print and a video file. But I do have a pdf file, as well as some images. What's kind of cool is, when you select different types of files the print options may look different. For example let's go to our flowers jpeg, with it selected we can go up to share. And you'll find Print here in the send section. You could also right-click a file and choose Print from there. Same thing's going to happen. You're going to see Print Pictures.

That's because Windows knows it's a picture file, so there are different options for working with pictures. First, you'll want to make sure your correct printer is selected. If you have more than one printer you can click the drop down to select it, even install a printer from here. Also, you can adjust the paper size by default. I'm seeing letter, that's what's in my printer right now. There are other options including more for a custom configuration. The quality for this printer and this file is at 600 x 600 dots per inch or dpi.

Click the drop down and you may see other options depending on your printer and file. That's my only option. And you can paper, so if you have some special photo paper maybe in the printer ready to go, you can click the drop down and find it on the list. I'm going to go with my, everyday photo paper, semi gloss that I purchased. And it's sitting there in the printer ready to go. Now by default, I'm going to get one copy. And you can see it's fitting the entire page or what we call the frame. There's a slight frame around the outside, if I don't need it to fit to the frame.

You can see what happens, it's actually a little bit smaller. So it's been stretched to fit the paper. If we leave that checked off. But there are some other configurations over here on the right-hand side. By default, we're looking at full-page photo. But maybe I want to share this with a number of people and print out some wallet size photos. You can see some different configurations too, giving us two 4 x 6 prints. 5 x 7 prints. There's an 8 x 10. A little further down we get into multiple copies including one that's actually titled Wallet. And if we select it, you can see how much smaller the image is.

And now I can place up to nine on my sheet of paper. That means changing the number of copies down below from the default one to nine. You can use the up arrows if you wanted to. Or with the number highlighted inside, just type in nine. Now, we're going to get nine copies of the same file on one sheet of paper using this configuration called Wallet. So when you're ready to print you just click the Print button and off it goes. If you're not ready to print just click Cancel to return to File Explorer.

So it's good to know if you have files that you need to print. Here in Windows you don't have to open up the native application to print from there. Of course, you can. But sometimes you don't have the software necessary to open certain types of files, using File Explorer is a way to get around that. Let's press our Windows key to get back to the Start screen.

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Windows 8.1 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 32m 40s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 8.1 versions
      2m 43s
    2. Getting familiar with the user interface
      8m 11s
    3. Exploring the Windows 8.1 desktop
      6m 13s
    4. Using touch screens and gestures
      2m 8s
    5. Switching between apps with Switcher
      3m 50s
    6. Personalizing Windows 8.1
      7m 33s
    7. Creating tile groups
      2m 2s
  3. 43m 58s
    1. Using the ribbon in File Explorer
      10m 21s
    2. Organizing folders and files
      6m 22s
    3. Customizing folder behavior
      5m 28s
    4. Searching for files and file contents
      7m 22s
    5. Creating easy access to files and folders
      4m 56s
    6. Using SkyDrive
      4m 29s
    7. Copying files in a single window
      5m 0s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Managing mail with the Mail app
      7m 46s
    2. Keeping dates with the Calendar app
      6m 59s
    3. Managing contacts in the People app
      9m 55s
    4. Communicating with contacts using Skype
      10m 13s
    5. Working with photos
      10m 58s
    6. Reading text with the Reader app
      4m 14s
    7. Managing music with the Music app
      8m 29s
    8. Locating places with Maps
      8m 29s
    9. Timing things with Alarms
      4m 19s
  5. 28m 18s
    1. Typing text with Sticky Notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      10m 30s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      10m 18s
    3. Performing calculations with the Calculator
      2m 55s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      4m 35s
  6. 31m 17s
    1. Viewing your current system specs
      4m 4s
    2. Controlling sound device volume settings
      7m 36s
    3. Removing unwanted applications
      2m 55s
    4. Setting default programs
      5m 26s
    5. Setting accessibility options
      8m 45s
    6. Navigation settings for desktop lovers
      2m 31s
  7. 20m 34s
    1. Getting connected
      4m 1s
    2. Connecting PCs with HomeGroup
      6m 29s
    3. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      2m 44s
    4. Selecting sharing options for networks
      3m 54s
    5. Adding and removing devices
      3m 26s
  8. 40m 48s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      4m 26s
    2. Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center
      3m 28s
    3. Battling malicious software with Windows Defender
      4m 52s
    4. Controlling user account access
      3m 53s
    5. Secure your account with passwords and PINs
      5m 51s
    6. Using Parental Controls
      10m 8s
    7. Encrypting a drive with BitLocker
      4m 22s
    8. Using Encrypting File System (EFS)
      3m 48s
  9. 12m 2s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      3m 27s
    2. Printing files to the XPS format
      4m 53s
    3. Accessing and changing printer options
      3m 42s
  10. 20m 43s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      4m 10s
    2. Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      4m 40s
    3. Backing up with File History
      5m 57s
    4. Reversing a fatal crash with System Restore
      3m 21s
    5. Reseting your Windows 8.1 installation
      2m 35s
  11. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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