Printer Driver Settings
Learn the significance of printer drivers and the configuration of its settings
The printer is a hardware device which is used to create the hard copies of data and graphics from the computer. For the working of the printer you would need drivers. These drivers would act as an interface between the printer and the operating system. The settings of the drivers have to be configured according to user requirements. It is very easy to find the location of printer driver settings. Firstly click 'Start' and then select 'Control Panel.' In that choose 'Printers' or 'Devices and Printers' option. You need to right click the printer name and then choose the 'Printing Preferences' option. Then look for the tabs which have the settings of the printer driver. In that you can make changes in the driver settings.
Following points discuss the role of printer driver settings and ways to retrieve settings of the printer driver:
- Role of printer driver settings
- Retrieving settings
- Using the software
Role of printer driver settings
You can change pinter driver settings according to your need. It is seen that many of the printer drivers would have user-selectable settings that would change the way of printing. For example most of printer drivers include paper type setting which include the choice of different papers. Other settings include paper size and the orientation, dots per inch, screening, density etc. For the proper working of printer you need to have the correct printer driver settings.
It is seen that Visual Basic Printer object would allow you to change the printer driver's properties and also the settings. By this method it would not give access to all of them. You would be able to retrieve the printer driver settings by using the driver using WIN32 API also. Generally the printer driver properties are stored in a structure called as DEVMODE. While you use WIN32 API it would retrieve the DEVMODE for current default printer and would also display its settings in a list box.
Using the software
There are so many programs available to retrieve the printer driver settings. You need to install this software from the website. They can be used to retrieve those settings which were present in the system. This software would have the ability to recover the driver files' folder and its settings. These software could also be used if the drivers become corrupted and are not functioning properly.
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