Print a Document in Windows Vista - dummies

Print a Document in Windows Vista

By Andy Rathbone

After crafting your masterpiece, you often want to print your document. Windows Vista offers several ways that you can print your document.

Chances are, you’ll be using these printing methods most often:

  • Choose Print from your program’s File menu.

  • Right-click your document icon and choose Print.

  • Click the Print button on a program’s toolbar.

  • Drag and drop a document’s icon onto your printer’s icon.

If a dialog box appears, click the OK button; Windows Vista immediately begins sending your pages to the printer.

If the printed pages don’t look quite right — perhaps the information doesn’t fit on the paper correctly or it looks faded — you need to fiddle around with the print settings or perhaps change the paper quality. Follow these suggestions:

  • If you stumble upon a particularly helpful page in the Windows Help system, right-click inside the topic or page and choose Print. (Or, click the page’s Print icon, if you spot one.)

  • For easy access to your printer, right-click your printer’s icon and choose Create Shortcut. Click Yes to confirm, and Windows Vista puts a shortcut to your printer on your desktop. To print things, just drag and drop their icons onto your printer’s new shortcut.

  • To print a bunch of documents quickly, select all their icons. Then right-click the selected icons and choose Print. Windows Vista quickly shuttles all of them to the printer, where they emerge on paper, one after the other.