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Description of Problem 100000027384

How do I adjust the default preferences of my printer driver in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2, and Server 2012?


Description of Solution 200000035157

To adjust the default settings of the printer driver, complete the following steps:

 

1. Open the Printers folder.  Refer to the following solution if needed - 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

 

3. Or to add the optional lower paper tray or set the default paper size for each tray, right click on the Brother printer driver in the Printers folder and left click on Printer Properties or Properties. Go to the Accessories tab.

  

 

I:  BASIC TAB

 

 

1. 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.

 

NOTE:  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.

 

2. 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.

 

 

3. COPIES:  The Copies selection sets the number of copies that will be printed.

 

4. 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.

 

 

5. 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 (recommended for 20 - 28 lb paper)

- Thin Paper (recommended for 16 - 20 lb paper)

- Thick Paper (recommended for heavier weight or rough paper)

- Thicker Paper (recommended for heavier weight or rough paper)

- Bond Paper

- Envelopes

- Env. Thick (recommended if the toner is not fixed to the envelope)

- Env. Thin (recommended if the envelope is crumpled)

- Recycled Paper

- Label

 

6. RESOLUTION:  You can choose the resolution as follows:

 

- 300 dpi

- 600 dpi

- HQ 1200

- 1200 dpi

 

NOTE: The print speed will change depending on what quality setting you choose. Higher print quality takes longer to print, while lower print quality takes less time to print.

 

7. PRINT SETTINGS: You can change the print settings as follows:

 

- Graphics: This is the best mode for printing documents that contain graphics.

 

- Text: This is the best mode for printing text documents.

 

- Manual: You can change settings manually by choosing Manual and clicking the Manual Settings� button. You can set brightness, contrast, and other settings.

  

8. 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.

 

- Print cut-out line: When 1 in NxN pages option is selected, the Print cut-out line option can be selected. This option allows you to print a faint cut-out line around the printable area.

 

9.  DUPLEX/BOOKLET:  When you want to print a booklet or perform duplex printing, use this function.

 

None: Disable duplex printing.

 

Duplex/Duplex(Manual):

 

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

 

Duplex (Manual): The machine prints all the even numbered pages first.  Then the printer driver will stop and show the instructions required to re-install the paper.  When you click OK the odd numbered pages will be printed.

 

- Duplex Settings�: When you choose Duplex or Duplex(Manual), the Duplex Settings� button becomes available to choose. You can set the following settings:

 

-  Duplex Type:  There are four types of duplex binding directions available for each orientation.

 

 

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

 

Booklet/Booklet(Manual): Use this option to print a document in booklet format using duplex printing. It will arrange the document according to the correct page number and allows you to fold at the center of the print output without having to change the order of the page number.

 

Booklet: The machine prints on both sides of the paper automatically. 

 

Booklet (Manual): The machine prints all the even numbered sides first.  Then the printer driver will stop and show the instructions required to re-install the paper.  When you click OK the odd numbered sides will be printed. 

 

- Duplex Settings�: When you choose Booklet or Booklet(Manual), the Duplex Settings� button becomes available to choose. You can set the following settings:

 

-  Duplex Type:  There are two types of duplex binding directions available for each orientation.

 

 

- Booklet Printing Method: When Divide into Sets is selected, this option allows you to print the whole booklet into smaller individual booklet sets; it still allows you to fold at the center of the smaller individual booklet sets without having to change the order of the page number. You can specify the number of sheets in each smaller booklet set, from 1 to 15. This option can help when folding the printed booklet that has a large number of pages.

 

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

 

10. PAPER SOURCE: You can choose:

 

- Auto Select

- Tray 1

- Tray 2 (available if the optional tray is installed, standard on HL5470DWT and HL6180DWT)

- MP Tray

- Manual

 

You can also specify separate trays for printing the first page and for printing the second page onwards.

 

 

II:  ADVANCED TAB

 

 

1. SCALING: You can change the print image scaling.

 

2. REVERSE PRINT: Choose this option to reverse the data up to down.

 

3. USE WATERMARK: You can put a logo or text into your document as a watermark. You can choose one of the preset Watermarks, or you can use a bitmap file that you have created. Check Use Watermark, and then choose the Settings� button.

 

 

- Transparent:  Check Transparent to print the watermarked image in the background of your document. If this feature is not checked then the watermark will be printed on top of your document.

 

- In Outline Text:  Check In Outline Text if you only want to print an outline of the watermark.  This is available when you choose a text watermark.

 

- Custom Settings: Determines how you want the watermark printed.  You can choose which watermark to print on the first page or on the other pages. Click the Add button to add the watermark settings and then choose Use Text or Use Bitmap File in Watermark Style.

 

 

- Title:  Enter a suitable title into the field.

 

- Text:  Enter your watermark text into the Text box, and then choose Font, Style, Size, and Darkness.

 

- Bitmap:  Enter the file name and location of your bitmap image in the File box, or click Browse to search for the file. You can also set the scaling size of the image.

 

- Position:  Use this setting if you want to control the position of the watermark on the page.

 

4. HEADER-FOOTER PRINT:  When this feature is enabled, it will print the date and time on your document from your computer's system clock and the PC login user name or the text you entered. By clicking Settings, you can customize the information.

 

- ID Print:  If you select Login User Name, your PC login user name will print. If you select Custom and enter the text in the Custom edit box, the text you entered will print.

 

5. TONER SAVE MODE:  You can conserve toner use with this feature. When you set Toner Save Mode to On, print appears lighter.  The default setting is Off.

 

NOTE: 

- We do not recommend Toner Save Mode for printing photo or grayscale images.

- Toner Save Mode is not available for HQ1200 and 1200 dpi resolutions.

 

6. SECURE PRINT: Secure documents are documents that are password protected when they are sent to the machine. Only the people who know the password will be able to print them. Since the documents are secured at the machine, you must enter the password using the control panel of the machine to print them.

 

To send a secured document:

 

a. Click Settings� from Secure Print and check Secure Print.

 

b. Enter your password and click OK.

 

c. To print secured documents, you must enter your password from the control panel of the machine.

 

7.  ADMINISTRATOR:  Administrators have the authority to limit access to functions such as scaling and watermark.

 

 

- Password:  Enter the password into this box.

 

- Set Password:  Click here to change the password.

 

- Copies Lock:  Lock the copy pages selection to prevent multiple copy printing.

 

- Multiple Page & Scaling Lock:  Lock the scaling setting and multiple page setting.

 

- Watermark Lock:  Lock the current settings of the Watermark option to prevent changes being made.

 

- Header-Footer Print Lock:  Lock the current settings of the Header-Footer Print option to prevent changes being made.

 

8. USER AUTHENTICATION: If you are restricted from PC Print by the Secure Function Lock 2.0 feature, you need to set your ID and PIN in this section.  Click Settings and enter your ID and PIN.  If your PC login name is registered to Secure Function Lock 2.0, you can check the Use PC Login Name box instead of entering your ID and PIN.

 

NOTE:

- When you use the machine through a network you can see the information of your ID such as status of restricted features and the number of remaining pages you are allowed to print by clicking the Check Print Status. The Authentication result dialog will appear.

 

- When you use the machine through a network you can make the Authentication result dialog appear each time you print by checking Show print status before printing.

 

- If you want to enter your ID and PIN each time you print, check Enter ID Name/PIN for each print job.

 

9. OTHER PRINT OPTIONS

 

 

a. Use Reprint: The machine keeps the print job sent to it in memory. You can reprint the last job without sending the data again from your computer.

 

NOTE: If you want to prevent other people from printing your data using the reprint function, uncheck the Use Reprint check box.

 

b. Sleep Time: When the machine does not receive data for a certain period of time, it enters sleep mode. In sleep mode, the machine acts as though it were turned off. When the machine is in Sleep Mode, the LCD shows "Sleep", but the machine can still receive data. Receiving a print jog will automatically wake up the machine to start printing.

 

- Printer Default: The timeout setting will be reset to the specific time set at the factory.

- Intelligent Sleep Mode: The sleep time will automatically adjust to the most suitable timeout setting depending on the frequency of your machine use.

 

c. Macro: You can save a page of a document as a macro to device memory.  You can also execute the saved macro (you can use the saved macro as an overlay on any documents). This will save time and increase printing speed for often used information such as forms, company logos, letter head formats, or invoices.

 

d. Density Adjustment: Increase or decrease the print density.

 

e. Improve Print Output:

 

- Reduce Paper Curl: If you select this setting paper curl may be reduced.  If you are printing only a few pages, you do not need to choose this setting.  We recommend that you change the printer driver settings in Media type to a thin setting.

 

NOTE: This operation will decrease the temperature of the machine's fusing process.

 

- Improve Toner Fixing: If you select this setting toner fixing on the paper may be improved.  If this selection does not improve the toner fixing, please select thicker paper in Media Type settings.

 

NOTE: This operation will increase the temperature of the machine's fusing process.

 

- Reduce Ghosting: If you are using the machine in a high humidity environment this setting may reduce ghosting on the paper. Do not use this setting if the humidity is below 30% or ghosting may increase.

 

NOTE: This feature may not reduce ghosting for all types of paper.  Before you buy a lot of paper, test a small quantity to make sure that the paper is suitable.

 

f. Skip Blank Page: The printer driver automatically detects blank pages and excludes them from printing.

 

NOTE: This option does not work when you choose the following options:

- Use Watermark

- Header-Footer Print

- N in 1 and 1 in NxN in Multiple Page

- Duplex(Manual), Booklet, Booklet(Manual), and Duplex with Binding Offset in Duplex/Booket

 

 

III. PRINT PROFILES: Print Profiles are editable presets designed to give you quick access to frequently used printing configurations.

 

 

1. To use a profile, all you have to do is select one from the list and then click OK.  The default Profiles are as follows:

 

a. General Print: Suitable for general, everyday printing using standard paper.

 

b. Paper Save Print: Suitable for printing presentations and rough copies of your documents:

  

c. Toner Save Print: Ideal for less important documents that do not require a professional finish. Printouts will appear fainter than in any other profile but will use less toner.

 

d. Two Sided (Duplex) Print: Will automatically print on both sides of the paper.

  

e. Booklet Print: Will automatically print in booklet format.

 

 

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.

 

 

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. ACCESSORIES

 

 

You can define the paper size for each paper tray.

 

1. AVAILABLE OPTIONS / INSTALLED OPTIONS: You can manually add and remove the options that are installed on the machine. Tray settings will match the installed options.

 

2. PAPER SOURCE SETTING: This feature recognizes the paper size set from the control panel menu for each paper tray by clicking Auto Detect.

 

3. SERIAL NUMBER: By clicking Auto Detect, the printer driver will probe the machine and display its serial number. If it fails to receive the information, it will display -----------.

 

4. AUTO DETECT: The Auto Detect function finds all currently installed optional devices and shows the available settings in the printer driver. When you click Auto Detect, options that are installed on the machine will be listed in Available Options. You can manually add or remove the options by choosing an optional device you want to add or remove, and click Add or Remove.

 

NOTE: The Auto Detect function is not available under the following machine conditions:

- The machine power switch is off.

- The machine is in an error state.

- The machine is connected to a print server using a USB or parallel cable in a shared network environment.

- The cable is not connected to the machine correctly.

 

 

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