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HP Deskjet D1500, D4200, and D2400 Printer Series - Driver Setting Definitions in Windows

Introduction

HP Deskjet printers are controlled by the driver software that is installed during the printer driver installation. Changes to the printer preferences can be set and changed in the Preferences dialog box.

Preferences changed from within the printer driver change the default settings for the printer.

Driver setting definitions

The following sections describe the printing preferences settings.

Advanced

The Advanced tab includes various setting options, as listed in the headings that follow this section.

Figure 1: Advanced tab

Document options

Advanced Printing Features

This setting specifies whether the advanced printing feature is enabled. When enabled, the metafile spooling is turned on and options such as Page Order, Booklet Printing, and Pages Per Sheet are available, depending on the printer. For normal printing, leave the advanced printing feature set to the default option of Enabled. If compatibility issues occur, disable the feature. When disabled, metafile spooling is turned off and the printing options might be unavailable.

Printer features

Setting
Definitions
Mirror image
Click to reverse the image or document, which prints left-to-right for iron-on transfers. Set to Off by default.
Poster printing
Select this option to enlarge an image and divide it across multiple pages that can be taped together. This option is disabled by default.

Layout Options

Page order setting
Definitions
Front to back
Prints the last page of the document first, so that the first page of the document is on top of the finished print job.
Back to front
Prints the first page of the document first, so that the last page of the document is on top of the finished print job.

Printing shortcuts

Figure 2: Printing Shortcuts tab

The Printing Shortcuts tab allows for quick selection of printing activities by automatically selecting the best driver settings for a particular task. The tab shows only relevant setting options based on the activity selected.

The Printing shortcuts: drop-down menu offers the following printing activities:

  • General Everyday Printing

  • Photo Printing - borderless

  • Photo Printing - with white borders

  • Two-sided (Duplex) Printing

  • Presentation printing

  • Fast/Economical printing

  • Factory Defaults

If you want changes, make manual selections to the settings. Any driver settings made on this tab are applied to the other driver tabs.

Features

The Features tab includes various setting options, as listed in the headings that follow this section.

Figure 3: Features tab

Basic options

Print Quality
Setting
Definition
Fast Draft
Print quality is reduced to 300 x 300 dots per inch (dpi). This print quality setting is intended for occasional use because the higher speed produces the greatest stress on the print mechanism. This print mode uses color space profiles to control color output.
Fast Normal
Print quality is reduced to 300 x 300 dots per inch (dpi). This print quality setting is intended for occasional use because the higher speed produces the greatest stress on the print mechanism. This print mode uses color space profiles to control color output.
Normal
The resolution for this mode is 600 x 600 dpi. The print speed is slightly slower than Draft, and Digital Photography is enabled. This print mode uses color space profiles to control color output.
Best
This is the highest recommended print quality setting. It uses the HP-patented PhotoREt color processing technology for best results. The reported resolution is 600 x 600 dpi, but PhotoREt provides enhanced results.
Maximum dpi
This is the slowest print mode available and uses the most computer resources. The resolution is 1200 x 1200 dpi and is optimized to 4800 x 1200 dpi. HP PhotoREt technology is not used.
Paper type
  • Select Plain Paper for general everyday printing.

  • Select HP Premium Plus Photo Papers to produce optimal results on HP Photo Paper.

  • Select More to select other paper types from a list of supported HP papers.

Resizing options

Setting
Definition
Size is
Select the media size from a list of standard media sizes supported by the printer.
Print at actual size
Click to print your document without changing its size.
Scale to paper size
Prints the document on a paper size that is different from the size it is formatted for.

HP Real Life Technologies

Select the level of automatic photo fixing.

  • Off

  • Basic

  • Full

Paper saving options

Setting
Definition
Two-sided printing
Select an option to enable or disable two-sided printing. When Manual, is selected, insert the pages into the printer a second time to print on the second side. When Off, is selected, the printer prints the document on one side of the page.
Flip pages up
Click to print on both sides of the paper so that the pages can be flipped up like a notebook. The document can be bound along the top edge.
Preserve layout
Select this option to allow the printer software to scale the page content down so extra pages are not created.
Pages per sheet
Select the number of pages to print on one sheet of paper.
Page order
Select the order and placement of pages on the sheet when more than one page is printed per sheet.
Booklet layout
Select this option to print a document as a booklet. The pages are re-ordered and printed two-up on a sheet of paper. Fold the paper down the middle to form a booklet with the pages in the correct order.

Color

The Color tab includes various setting options, as listed in the headings that follow this section.

Figure 4: Color tab

Color Options

Setting
Definition
Print in Grayscale
Select this option to print the document in grayscale.
Print in color
Select this option to print the document in color.

Printer services

Click the Printer Services button on any tab to open the Printer Services dialog box.

Device Services

Figure 5: Devices Services tab

Setting
Definition
Align the Print Cartridges
Aligns the print cartridges for the optimum print quality.
Clean the Print Cartridge(s)
Cleans the print cartridge when print quality has decreased noticeably or when recommended by the troubleshooting instructions.
Print a Test Page
Prints a test page to verify that the printer is working correctly.

Estimated ink level

Figure 6: Estimated Ink Levels tab

The Estimated Ink Level tab in the HP Photosmart Toolbox shows a graphic estimate of how much ink is left in the black cartridge and each color print cartridge. This is an estimate only; the actual ink levels can vary.

Configuration

Figure 7: Configuration tab

The Display Ink Status Window displays an ink status message before each print job.

The Factory Settings restores factory defaults.

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