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HP Laser Printers - Printing Documents (Windows)

This document is for the HP Laser 100, 150, MFP 130, 170 printer series and computers with Windows.
Print documents from a Windows computer and change any related print job settings.

Printing a document

Open the print window to change print job settings for best results.
  1. Before printing, adjust text font and size, choose layout options, and change any other appearance settings.
  2. In the app you created the document in, click File or the Menu icon (WordPad), and then click Print to open general print settings.
  3. To access advanced print settings, click Printer Properties, Properties, or Preferences.
    The Properties window opens.
    An example of the HP Laser print properties window
  4. Change the following layout and paper settings for your print job. Menu names and available settings vary by printer.
    If the Properties window has a Favorites tab, select one of the document print job shortcuts that has essential settings already selected for you.
    Portrait or landscape orientation
    Select Portrait for vertical prints or Landscape for horizontal prints.
    Orientation menu on the Basic tab
    Paper type
    Set the paper type you are using, such as plain, brochure, or other specialty types, so the printer properly prints on the paper.
    Type menu on the Paper tab
    Paper size
    Select the Original size of paper in the printer, such as letter or legal paper.
    Make sure to select Same as Original Size in the Output Size menu.
    Original Size and Output Size menus on the Paper tab
    Some newer printers support more paper options. Go to Creating Custom Paper Sizes for more information.
    Print on both sides of the page (duplexing)
    Depending on the printer model, you can automatically print on both sides of the paper, or set up the print job to manually flip the pages.
    Double-sided Printing menu on the Basic tab
    The Favorites tab might include shortcuts to print on both sides
    Go to Printing on Both Sides of the Paper (Windows) for detailed steps on how to load and flip the paper for your printer type.
  5. Change the following quality and color settings for best printing results. Menu names and available settings vary by printer.
    Quality: Measured in print resolution dots per inch (DPI). Higher DPI produces clearer and more detailed prints, but slows print speed and may use more ink.
    • Normal: Default quality setting suitable for most print jobs
    • Best: Better DPI than Normal
    Advanced on the Document Type menu on the Graphics tab
    Economode: Lowest DPI typically used when ink cartridge levels are low or when high quality prints are not needed
    Economode menu on the Graphics tab
    Printing in color or grayscale: The following settings might be available, depending on the printer model:
    • Color: Uses all cartridges to print documents with color text or images
    • Grayscale: Printer uses ink from all cartridges to produce a wider range of black and grey tones; suitable for high quality black and white prints
    Select Color or Grayscale on the Graphics tab
  6. Click OK, then click Print.

Frequently asked questions

Read frequently asked questions about printing documents with a Windows computer.

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