The Printing Environment
This chapter explains how to adjust printer settings to meet your own particular
requirements. After you install a printer driver, you can control most routine printing
tasks with your application software. Software application settings override most of
the printer control panel settings.
What is the Printing Environment?
The printing environment is a collection of settings that determine how the printer
operates. These settings affect what kind of data the printer can process and how it
prints on a page. All these settings are already stored in the printer to ensure optimum
operation of your printer. Every time you turn the printer on, a range of settings called
defaults stored in the printer's memory are enabled. Default settings are configured at
the factory before shipping. When you unpack the printer and set it up, it is ready for
operation using the factory defaults. You can change these factory defaults to suit your
own needs so they are enabled every time you turn the printer on.
How you use the printer depends on how many built-in features and options you intend
to set up and use. If you are the only person using the printer, then your printing
environment is less complicated than someone who is connected to a shared network
with the printer set up for personality switching. Even if you have no interest in
adjusting the factory default settings or if they have already been done for you, read
through this chapter at least once to familiarize yourself with some of the printer's
most important features.