ZebraDesigner Driver Printer Configuration Printing Preferences vs Printing Defaults

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ZebraDesigner Driver Printer Configuration Printing Preferences vs Printing Defaults

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ZebraDesigner Driver

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In the ZebraDesigner Windows drivers, there are two places to change printer configuration, Printing Preferences and Printing Defaults.

To access Printing Preferences in Windows XP, for example, click to Start > Settings> Printers & Faxes > then right click on a ZebraDesigner driver. The following options will appear:

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This menu of configuration parameters is the printer settings that are in effect each time an application accesses the driver.  Only changes made here when the driver is accessed via Printers & Faxes and applied (click  Apply and OK) will be retained each time the driver is used by an application. . There are additional settings under Advances Setup including an option to Use Printer Settings which prevents commands from being sent to the printer that will change common settings such as Speed and Darkness. It is critical to note that the driver is in control of the printer. Any commands from the driver to change common settings  will take effect as there is no way for the printer to ignore them.

 

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It is also possible to access these settings directly from an application. The example below is the "Print" screen from MS Word. Clicking Properties provides access to the same Printing Preferences where changes can be made. Any changes made when accessing Printing Preferences from an application only affect the current, or next, print job until the application is closed. The settings are then initialized back to those in Printing Preferences accessed via Printers & Faxes.

 

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To access Printing Defaults in Windows XP, for example, click to Start > Settings> Printers & Faxes > then right click on a ZebraDesigner driver. From the options that appear click Properties.

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Go to the "Advanced" tab and click the "Printing Defaults..." button.

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The displayed configuration menu below shows the default settings for the driver.  These settings are used to set the initial "Printing Preferences..." for a Shared driver. It is a convenient place to set parameters that seldom change or that you want users on your network to have each time a new shared instance of the driver is installed. Commonly set default parameters include Number of Copies, Paper Format and Page Size. There are additional settings under Advances Setup including an option to Use Printer Settings which prevents commands from being sent to the printer that will change common settings such as Speed and Darkness. It is critical to note that the driver is in control of the printer. Any commands from the driver that change common settings  will take effect as there is no way for the printer to ignore them. Printing Default settings only take affect the first time a shared driver is opened. If an end-user chooses to make changes to the driver settings under Printing Preferences and applies their changes, the changes they make become permanent and are used by any applications that access the driver. A network administrator would have to change User Rights in order to prevent changes to the settings inherited from Printing Defaults. 

 

The example below shows all of the settings grayed out when “Use printer settings” is checked preventing commands from being sent from the driver to the printer that could alter the setting on the printer.

 

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