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HP Color LaserJet 5550 Series Printer - Controlling print jobs
Three settings affect the printer driver's ability to specify how paper should be pulled in the printer. The Source , Type , and Size settings appear in the Page Setup , Print , or Print Properties dialog boxes in most software programs. If you do not change these settings, the printer automatically selects a tray using the default printer settings.
Printing by Source means you choose a specific tray from which you want the printer to pull paper. The printer tries to print from this tray, no matter what type or size is loaded in it. If you choose a tray that is configured for a type or size that does not match your print job, the printer does not print automatically. Instead, it waits for you to load the tray you chose with the type or size of print paper for your print job. If you load the tray correctly, the printer begins printing. If you press , (checkmark) the display allows you to choose from other loaded trays.
If you have difficulties printing by Source and want the printer to autoswitch from the specified tray, see Tray behavior options: Use Requested Tray and manually feed .
Type and Size
Printing by Type or Size means you want the printer to pull paper or print paper from the first tray that is loaded with the type or size that you choose. Selecting paper by Type rather than Source is similar to locking out trays and helps protect special paper from accidental use. (However, selecting the Any setting does not enable this tray lockout function.) For example, if a tray is configured for letterhead, and you specify the driver to print on plain paper, the printer will not pull the letterhead from that tray. Instead, it will pull paper from a tray that has plain paper loaded and is configured for plain paper on the printer control panel. Selecting paper by Type and Size results in significantly better print quality for heavy paper, glossy paper, and transparencies. Using the wrong setting can result in unsatisfactory print quality. Always print by Type for special print media such as labels or grayscale transparencies. Always print by Size for envelopes.
Print setting priorities
Changes made to print settings are prioritized (or take precedence) depending on where the changes are made:
The names of commands and dialog boxes may vary depending on your program.
To avoid affecting print jobs of other users, make printer setup changes through the software application or the printer driver whenever possible. Printer setup changes made through the control panel become default settings for subsequent jobs. Changes made through an application or the printer driver affect only that specific job.