Refresh: renews the available ports list.
Release port: releases the selected port.
Sharing Ports Between Printers
Your printer may be connected to a host computer via the parallel port or USB port. Since the printer device contains more than one device, it is necessary to
organize proper access of "consumer" applications to these devices via the single I/O port.
The Dell Printer driver package provides an appropriate port-sharing mechanism that is used by Dell printer and scanner drivers. The drivers address their
devices via so-called ports. The current status of any port can be viewed via the Ports Configuration. Post sharing prevents you from accessing one functional
block of the printer device, while another block is in use.
When you install a new printer onto your system, it is strongly recommended you do this with the assistance of a Configurator. In this case, you will be asked
to choose an I/O port for the new device. This choice provides the most suitable configuration for the printer's functionality.
Configuring Printer Properties
Using the properties window provided by the Printers configuration, you can change the various printer properties for your machine.
1. Open the Configurator.
If necessary, switch to Printers configuration.
2. Select your printer on the available printers list and click Properties.
3. The Printer Properties window opens.
The following five tabs display at the top of the window:
General: allows you to change the printer location and name. The name entered in this tab displays on the printer list in Printers configuration.
Connection: allows you to view or select another port. If you change the printer port from USB to parallel or vice versa while in use, you must re-
configure the printer port in this tab.
Driver: allows you to view or select another printer driver. By clicking Options, you can set the default device options.
Jobs: shows the list of print jobs. Click Cancel Job to cancel the selected job; select the Show completed jobs check box to see previous jobs on
the job list.