Printer Configuration

Parent page: WorkspaceManager Dialogs

The Printer Configuration dialog.

Summary

This dialog allows the designer to define what is printed and to which printing device it is sent.

Access

The dialog is accessed in the following ways:

  • Right-clicking on a schematic, PCB, or text document's entry in the Projects panel, and choosing the Print command from the context menu.
  • From the Schematic or PCB Editors, clicking Outputs | Documentation | , from the main menus.
  • From the Schematic Editor, by clicking the Print or Printer Setup buttons, in the Schematic Print Properties dialog.
The Schematic Print Properties dialog is accessed by using the Outputs | Documentation |  » Page Setup command, from the main menus (or by right-clicking on the entry for the schematic document, in the Projects panel, and choosing the Page Setup command from the context menu).
  • From the PCB Editor, by clicking the Print or Printer Setup buttons, in the Composite Properties dialog.
The Composite Properties dialog is accessed by using the Outputs | Documentation |  » Page Setup command, from the main menus (or by right-clicking on the entry for the PCB document, in the Projects panel, and choosing the Page Setup command from the context menu).
  • From the Text Editor, by clicking the Print or Printer Setup buttons, in the Text Print Properties dialog.
The Text Print Properties dialog is accessed by right-clicking on the entry for the text document, in the Projects panel, and choosing the Page Setup command from the context menu.
  • From the Print Preview dialog, either by:
    • Clicking the Print button at the bottom of the dialog.
    • Right-clicking, and choosing either the Print command, or the Setup Printer command, from the context menu.
The Print Preview dialog can be accessed using the Outputs | Documentation |  » Print Preview command (from the Schematic and PCB Editors). Alternatively, for these editors, and the Text Editor, access can be made by right-clicking on the respective entry for a document, in the Projects panel, and choosing the Print Preview command from the context menu.
From the PCB Editor, access to the Print Preview dialog can also be made directly by clicking the Outputs | Assembly |  button, or by using any command on the menu associated to the Outputs | Fabrication | button.

Options/Controls

Printer

  • Name - this field reflects the currently chosen printer, to which the printed output will be sent. Use the field's drop-down to choose another printer from all those currently installed for your computer. Depending on the chosen printing device, the following fields (below the Name field) will populate with read-only information about that device:
    • Status - the current state of the selected printer. For example, if the printer is online and able to accept print jobs, its status will be Ready.
    • Type - the type of printing device selected.
    • Where - where the printer physically resides, or the port to which it is connected.
    • Comment - any comment for the device.
  • Properties - click the button to display the printer driver dialog for the chosen printer. From this dialog you can define the paper source, layout and gain access to advanced property settings for the printer.
  • Retrieve Defaults - click this button to retrieve the default settings for the chosen printer, from the current printer driver for that device, installed on your computer.
  • Set Defaults - click this button to set the default settings for the current printer driver.

Print Range

Use the controls in this region of the dialog to specify which pages are to be printed, when the prospective print job includes multiple pages. Choose one of the following options:

  • All Pages - enable this option to print all pages in relation to the print-based output being generated.
  • Current Page - enable this option to print only the currently selected page.
When printing from within the Print Preview dialog, you can choose the current page (as determined by a red border). But if printing directly, the current page will always be page number 1 (the first page presented when the pages are loaded into the Print Preview dialog).
  • Pages - enable this option to print a range of pages. Use the From and To fields to specify the start and end pages in the required range, inclusively.
Print Range controls are only meaningful when the Print What option is set to Print All Valid Documents.

Copies

  • Number of copies - use this field to specify the number of copies of the page (or page set) to be printed.
  • Collate - enable this option to print the copies of the document(s) in proper binding order. For example, for a print job involving 3 pages, and 2 copies, enabling this option will generate collated output (1,2,3; 1,2,3). Disabling this option will produce uncollated output (1,1; 2,2; 3,3).

Print What

Use the control in this region of the dialog to specify what is to be printed. Choose one of the following options from the field's drop-down listing:

  • Print All Valid Documents - choose this option to print all documents of the same type (schematic, PCB, or text) that have been added to the active design project.
  • Print Active Document - choose this option to print only the active document.
  • Print Selection - choose this option to print only those selected objects on the active document.
  • Print Screen Region - choose this option to print only the region of the active document that is visible within the main design window.
Think of this control as print filtering. You can confirm what each option gives by accessing the Print Preview dialog, ensuring you are printing exactly what you expect to be printing.

Printer Options

  • Printer Job Options - use the options available from this field's drop-down to determine how the output is sent to the Windows Print Queue. Choose to Print as a single printer job, or to Print as multiple printer jobs, respectively.

 

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