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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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