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Description of Problem 100000034043

How do I adjust the default preferences of my printer driver in Windows?

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To adjust the printer driver's default settings, follow these steps:


1. Open the Printer Folder.


NOTE: For instructions refer to: How do I open the Printers folder in Windows? 


2. Right-click on the Brother printer driver and left-click on Printing Preferences.  You can change the following settings:


- Basic Tab

- Advanced Tab

- Print Profiles Tab

- Maintenance Tab








1. Media Type: To achieve the best print results, the media being printed on should be selected in the driver.  The machine changes the way it prints depending on the selected media type.


- Plain Paper

- Inkjet Paper

- Brother BP71 Photo Paper

- Brother BP60 Matte Paper

- Other Photo Paper

- - Transparencies


2. Slow Drying Paper: Use this special setting only when printing with a type of plain paper on which the ink dries very slowly.  This setting may cause some slight blurring of the text.


3. Print Quality: The Print Quality selection lets you choose the print resolution.  As print quality and speed are related, the higher the quality, the longer it will take to print the document.  The quality selections that are available will vary depending on the media type you choose.


-       Best: Use for printing precise images such as photographs.  This is the best resolution and slowest speed.


-       Photo: Use for printing photographs.  Since the print data is much larger than a normal document, the processing time, data transfer time, and print time will be longer.


-       Normal: Good print quality with typical print speed.


-       Fast: The fastest print mode and the lowest amount of ink used.  Use for printing large-volume documents or documents for proofing.


NOTE: The available quality settings vary depending on the media type.


The items displayed will differ based on your model.


4. Paper Size: The Paper Size selection includes a large selection of standard paper sizes.  From the drop-down list, choose the Paper Size you are using.


- User Defined:  If you want to create a custom size, choose User Defined.  Specify the Width and Height values, and enter any name you want for this custom size.  Choose the correct paper thickness to improve the quality of your output.


5. Borderless: Prints without margins.  In order to print your photos without margins, the image data is created slightly larger than the paper size you are using.  This will cause some cropping of the photo edges.


6. Color Mode: You can adjust the color mode to suit your preference.


- Natural: Select this mode if you prefer natural colors.  The color will be adjusted so that prints appear more natural and true to life.


- Vivid: Select this mode if you prefer vivid colors.  The color will be adjusted so that prints appear more vivid.



7. Orientation: Chooses the position your document will be printed (Portrait or Landscape).


NOTE:  If your application software contains a similar function to this, we recommend you use the one in the application.


8. Copies: The Copies selection sets the number of copies that will be printed (1 to 999).


9. Collate: With Collate checked, one complete copy of your document will be printed and then reprinted according to the number of copies you choose.  If Collate is unchecked, then each page will be printed according to the number of copies chosen before the next page of the document is printed.



10. Reverse Order: The printer normally prints from page 1 and ejects it face-up so that the following pages are stacked on top of previous pages (Page 5, Page 4, Page 3 ..... Page 1).  When you want to get correct-ordered printouts, use this function.  The printer driver spools the entire job in your computer and sends the data starting from the last page to the printer.  Since the printer prints from the last page forward, the printouts are stacked Page 1, 2, 3, ...Page 5.  Please note that this function takes more time.



11. Multiple Page: The Multiple Page selection can reduce the image size of a page allowing multiple pages to be printed on one sheet of paper or enlarge the image size for printing one page on multiple sheets of paper.


- Page Order: When N in 1 option is selected, the page order can be selected from the drop-down list.


- Border Line: When printing multiple pages on one sheet with the Multiple Page feature you can choose to have a solid border, dash border, or no border around each page on the sheet.



12. 2-sided/Booklet: When you want to print a booklet or perform 2-sided printing, use this function.


- None: Disable 2-sided printing.


- 2-sided: The machine automatically prints on both sides of the paper.


NOTE: 2-sided is unavailable for several paper sizes including legal, 4x6, Com-10, etc.  If the option is shaded, then it is not available for your selected paper size.


- Booklet: The machine prints on both sides of the paper automatically.  The document will be arranged in booklet format, which will allow you to fold at the center of the printout without having to change the order of the page number.


NOTE: Booklet is unavailable for several paper sizes and/or paper types.  If you select an unsupported settings combination, then a popup screen will appear warning that the settings are not compatible.


13. 2-sided Settings: When you choose a 2-sided or Booklet option, this button becomes available with the following options:


- 2-sided Type: There are several types of 2-sided and booklet binding directions available for each orientation.


- Booklet Printing Method: For Booklet printing, you can print All Pages at Once or Divide into Sets.


- Binding Offset: When you check Binding Offset, you can also specify the offset for binding in inches or millimeters.




14. Paper Source (models with a second paper tray only): You can choose an option for how the paper tray will be selected when printing.  If you put one sheet of paper in the manual feed slot, the paper from the slot is automatically chosen.  Make sure that you do not put any paper in the slot when printing from Tray1 or Tray2.


- Auto Select: The device will automatically select the tray to use if the paper type and paper size configured at device side matches printer driver settings.  The paper size and paper type for each tray must be configured properly at the device side.


- Tray1: The device will use the first tray exclusively when printing.


- Tray2: The device will use the second tray exclusively when printing.


For steps on how to load paper in the tray and adjust the tray settings on the machine, refer to:


-      MFC-J6520DW – How do I load paper into my Brother machine's paper tray? 


-      MFC-J6720DW – How do I load paper into my Brother machine's paper trays? 


-      MFC-J6920DW - How do I load paper into my Brother machine's paper trays? 


15. Print Preview: You can preview a document before it is printed.  If you check the Print Preview check box, the Print Preview window will open before printing starts.



1. Page List Area: The Page List Area displays the page numbers for the actual pages that will be printed.  If you chose a page in this list, a preview of the print results for the page will be displayed in the Preview Area.  If you do not want to print a page, clear the check mark.


2. Preview Area: The Preview Area displays a preview of the print results for the pages chosen in the Page List Area.


NOTE: If the Booklet setting was chosen in the Printer driver settings, you cannot use the Print Preview function.


If the 2-sided setting was chosen in the Printer driver settings, you cannot delete pages using the Page List Area.







1. Color/Grayscale: This selection allows a color document to be printed in color or black and white using grayscale.



2. Color Settings: Click the Color Settings button to see options for enhanced print settings.  The options will vary depending on which color option you have selected.  The following adjustments can be made on the Color Settings page.  Once your settings are selected, click OK.



a. Color Enhancement (True2Life): This feature analyzes your image to improve its sharpness, white balance and color density.  This process may take several minutes depending on the size of the image and the specifications of your PC.  When you select this option, the following settings may also be adjusted: 


NOTE: With Grayscale printing, only Brightness and Contrast can be adjusted.


- Color Density: Adjusts the total amount of color in the image.  You can increase or decrease the amount of color in an image to improve a washed-out or weak-looking picture.


- White Balance: Adjusts the hue of the white areas of an image.  Lighting, camera settings, and other influences will affect the appearance of white.  The white areas of a picture may be slightly pink, yellow, or some other color.  By adjusting the white balance, you can adjust those white areas.


- Brightness: Adjusts the brightness of the whole image.  To lighten or darken the image, move the scroll bar to the right or left.


- Contrast: Adjusts the contrast of an image. This will make darker areas darker and lighter areas lighter.  Increase the contrast when you want an image to be clearer.  Decrease the contrast when you want an image to be more subdued.


- Red: Increases the intensity of Red in the image to make the image redder.


- Green: Increases the intensity of Green in the image to make the image greener.


- Blue: Increases the intensity of Blue in the image to make the image bluer.


b. Bi-Directional Printing: When Bi-Directional Printing is checked, the print head prints in both directions offering faster print speeds.  When unchecked, the print head will only print in one direction giving higher quality printouts, but slower printing speeds.


c. Improve Pattern Printing: Select this option if the printed fills and patterns appear different to how they appear on your computer screen.



3. Ink Save Mode: Ink Save Mode will help to reduce ink consumption when printing documents.  When Ink Save Mode is enabled, any images contained within printed documents will appear as outlines.  This will help to reduce the amount of ink that is used during printing.


NOTE: The amount of ink that is saved varies depending on the type of documents that are printed.



4. Scaling: Changes to output document size to the size selected.


- Off: Prints the same size as the document.


- Fit to Paper Size: Enlarges or reduces the document size to fit on the selected output paper size.  Specify the paper size to print.  When the paper size is smaller than the document size, the document is reduced so that it matches the paper size.  When the paper size is larger than the document size, the document is enlarged to the paper size.


- Free: Use this function to reduce your document by the specified scaling (25%-400%).



5. Mirror Print: Reverses the printed image on the page from left to right.



6. Reverse Print: Rotates the printed image by 180 degrees.  This does not reverse the order of the pages.



7. Use Watermark: You can add a logo or text watermark to your document using a bitmap file, text you created as a file or by selecting one of the preset watermarks.  If you want to add, edit, or delete a watermark, click the Settings button and configure the options.


- Select Watermark: Choose the watermark that you would like to add to your document.


- Add: Use this option to create a new watermark.


- Settings: Use this option to configure the settings of the selected watermark.


- Delete: Use this option to delete an existing watermark.


- Bring to Front: Watermark text will overlay the selected characters or image on your printed document.


- In Outline Text: Selecting this option will print the watermark text as outlined text.


- Custom Settings: Enables you to specify a different Watermark to be printed on the first page to any subsequent pages.


- First Page: Specify the Watermark to be used on the first page only.


- Other Pages: Specify the Watermark to be used from the second page and onwards.


8. Header-Footer Print: You can include Header & Footer information on your printed documents.  This information could include date & time and user identification.  By clicking the Settings button, you can customize the information that is included.


- Format: Configure the content of the header/footer.


- Position: Choose the position where the header/footer information appears.


- Font: Select the style of font to be used for the header/footer text.


- Background: If Transparent is selected, the header/footer text will be printed without a background color.  If Opaque is selected, the header/footer text will be printed using the color selected from Color.


9. Other Print Options: Click this button to set more Printer functions.


a. Change Data Transfer Mode: You can change the data transfer mode.




- Recommended Setting: Select this mode for general use.


- Improved Print Quality: Select this mode for better print quality.  Print speed may be reduced slightly, depending on the print data.


- Improved Print Speed: Select this mode for faster print speed.


b. Advanced Color Settings: You can select the color-matching method and halftone pattern manually.  Select the best one for your document.




- Halftone Pattern: The machine can use two methods (Diffusion or Dither) to arrange where to place dots to express halftones.  There are some predefined patterns used to place dots and you can select which one is used for your document.  Select the appropriate method.

i. Diffusion: This is suitable for photographs that have delicate shades and graphics since the dots are placed at random to create smooth halftones.  It takes more time to process data, but this can express more levels of halftones and creates more natural images.
ii. Dither: This is suitable for business graphics that have definite color boundaries or printing charts such as business charts since the dots are arranged in a pre-defined pattern to make halftone.  Moreover, the processing time is shorter.


- Match Monitor: When the Match Monitor box is checked, the driver adjusts the color settings to get the closest color match to the PC monitor.  Uncheck the box if your software application has its own color-matching option.


c. Advanced 2-sided Settings: This setting will help you to overcome any print issues that may arise when printing in 2-sided print mode.  This option is only available when 2-sided or booklet has been selected.




- Normal: Select this option to print at normal speed, using a normal amount of ink.


- 2-sided 1 (Slower Print Speed): Select this mode to print at a slower speed, using a normal amount of ink.


- 2-sided 2 (Slower Print Speed & less ink): Select this mode to print the same speed as 2-sided 1, but using less ink.


d. Retrieve Printer's Color Data: This setting helps to optimize print quality by retrieving color data from your specific device.  Use this option when you replaced the device or change the IP address of a network-connected device.




- Use Printer's Color Data: Check this box if you want to use the new data.  Remove the check mark if you do not want to use the new data.


- Retrieve Printer's Color Data Automatically:  If you select this setting, the printer driver periodically retrieves the latest data from the printer and uses this information for color matching to ensure consistent print quality.


- Retrieve Printer's Color Data: If you click this button, the printer driver starts retrieving the data from your device.


NOTE: This may take some time.  Depending on the device status, the printer driver may fail to retrieve the data.  Please check the status of your device and try again.


- If an error message dialog box appears, confirm that your computer and your Brother machine are correctly connected, and then retry.


- After retrieving the printer's color data, your computer will save the data and apply it to printing.


- If your Brother machine is connected to multiple computers, do this feature on each connected computer.


e. Print Archive: When this feature is enabled, a PDF file of your print job will automatically be created and archived.



-      File Size: You can select the file size of the archived PDF.  The larger the file size, the better the image quality, but it will take longer to begin printing.


NOTE: By enabling this feature there may be a longer wait before your device begins printing.



III. PRINT PROFILES TAB: Print Profiles allow you to select from a range of pre-defined and user customizable print settings, helping you to save the time and effort of having to manually change them yourself every time you want to print.




1. To use a profile, all you have to do is select one from the list and then click OK


2. Add profile: Save your current print settings to a profile for easy selection later.


a. Give your edited profile a name and choose an icon.


b. Click OK.

NOTE: The following settings cannot be saved to a Print Profile:


- Copies

- Orientation



3. Delete Profile: Select the desired profile and press this button to delete the profile from the list.



4. Always show Print Profiles tab first: With this option checked the Print Profiles tab will always appear first when you enter the printer driver.




IV. MAINTENANCE TAB: To maintain good print quality, the machine will automatically clean the print head when needed.  You can also start the cleaning process manually if there is a print-quality problem.



1. Test Print: You can print the test page and check the print quality.


2. Standard Cleaning: You can manually clean the machine's print head.  Clean the print head if a vertical line appears in text or graphics, or if blank spaces appear in the text on printed pages.  You can choose three types of print head cleaning: All, Black, or Color.


3. Advanced Cleaning: You can manually clean the print head more thoroughly than Standard Cleaning.  Choose this option if Standard Cleaning does not resolve your print-quality problems.  You can choose three types of print head cleaning: All, Black, or Color.


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