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How to Configure a Printer or Scanner in Windows 7


Printers and scanners allow your computer work to be viewed and printed beyond the dimensions of your screen. However, these devices are only useful when you can set the commands to perform the work exactly as your see necessary. Windows 7 allows you to change your printing and scanning options to get the copies that you want every single time. Read the steps listed below and learn about how to configure a printer or scanner in Windows 7.

  1. Click Start in the lower left corner of your computer screen.
  2. Select Devices and Printers from the popup list. A new window will open.
  3. Right click on the printer or scanner that you want to configure. A drop down menu appears.
  4. Select Printer Properties from the drop down menu. A dialog box entitled Printer Properties will open. This is where you can configure ports, update drivers and customize your hardware options [source: Microsoft].
  5. Click the Ports tab from the list of tabs at the top of the box.
  6. Click on the Configure Port button.
  7. Configure the options according to your needs.
  8. Click OK to save your configuration choices [source: Epson].

Besides configuring ports, Windows 7 also allows you to configure your printing preferences.

  1. Click Start in the lower left corner of your computer screen.
  2. Select Devices and Printers from the popup list. A new window will open.
  3. Right click on the printer that you want to configure. A drop down menu appears.
  4. Select Printer Preferences from the drop down menu. A dialog box entitled Printer Preferences will open.
  5. Choose the page layout, sheet size, paper source and double- or single-sided printing. You can also choose to have the pages stapled together. Configure the options according to your printing and scanning needs.
  6. Click on the OK button to save your printing preferences [source: Microsoft].