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HP LaserJet M2727 MFP Series - HP PCL 6 and HP postscript level 3 emulation printer drivers, and HP PCL 5 UPD for Windows

HP PCL 6 and HP postscript level 3 emulation printer drivers for Windows
Access to printer drivers
To gain access to printer-driver settings from within most software programs, click File, click Print, and then click Properties. The appearance and names of the printer-driver tabs can vary, depending on the operating system. These settings apply only while the software program is open.
You can also control the printer drivers directly from the Printers folder. These settings change the default settings used across all software programs. Here you have access to two sets of printer-driver tabs: the Printing Preferences tabs and the Properties tabs. The settings on these printer-driver tabs control the print-job output.
Printing Preferences printer-driver tabs
The Printing Preferences printer-driver tabs change the default settings that are used across all software programs. To gain access to these tabs, click Start, select Settings, and then select Printers (Windows 2000) or Printers and Faxes (Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Professional, and Windows Vista) or Printers and Other Hardware Devices (Windows XP Home). Right-click the product name that has the desired driver name associated with it, and then click Printing Preferences.
The following Printing Preferences printer-driver tabs are available:
  • Advanced
  • Printing Shortcuts
  • Paper/Quality
  • Effects
  • Finishing
  • Services
Click the About... button on any Printing Preferences printer-driver tab except the Advanced tab to view information about the printer driver. Click OK to close the screen.
Figure : About This Driver screen
Properties printer-driver tabs
To gain access to the Properties printer-driver tabs, click Start, select Settings, and then select Printers (Windows 2000) or Printers and Faxes (Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Professional, and Windows Vista) or Printers and Other Hardware Devices (Windows XP Home). Right-click the product name that has the desired driver name associated with it, and then click Properties.
The following Properties printer-driver tabs are available:
  • General
  • Sharing
  • Ports
  • Advanced
  • Color Management
  • Security
  • Device Settings
  • About
The Device Settings and About tabs are HP printer-driver tabs and are described in this STR. The other Properties printer-driver tabs are Windows tabs. For information about those tabs, see the documentation that came with the computer on which the printing-system software is installed.
  note:
Changes made on the Device Settings tab affect available Printing Preferences settings.
Help system
The HP PCL 6 and HP postscript level 3 emulation printer drivers include a full-featured Help system to provide assistance with printing and configuration options. The following Help options are available:
What's this? Help
"What's this?" Help is supported in Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista. Gain access to "What's this?" Help messages in any of the following ways:
  • Right-click a control and click What's this?, and a pop-up Help window appears.
  • Click the ? button at the upper-right corner of the frame, next to the X, to change the cursor to an arrow with a question mark. Use this special cursor to select a control, and the pop-up Help window for that feature appears.
  • Press the F1 key, and the Help window for the currently selected control appears.
Context-sensitive Help
Press the Help button on a printer-driver tab or in a dialog box, and context-sensitive Help appears.
Warning icons
Warning icons appear in response to specific printer-driver settings. These icons alert you to selections that are illogical or impossible given the capabilities of the product or the current settings of other controls. For example, if you select Print on Both Sides on the Finishing tab, the Paper type: drop-down menu on the Paper/Quality tab will show a warning icon next to those paper types that are incompatible with that setting.
Figure : Paper/Quality tab with warning icons
HP postscript level 3 emulation support
The HP postscript level 3 emulation printer driver maintains full compatibility with Adobe PS Level 3 when PS Level 3 soft fonts are purchased from Adobe.
A set of 45 PS Level 3 soft fonts is included with the printing-system software. If you want to permanently install the fonts in the product, HP postscript level 3 emulation fonts are also available from HP in an optional font DIMM.
Users of Adobe-licensed applications might also have the right to use the Adobe PS level 3 printer drivers from Adobe with the postscript level 3 emulation PPD, available on the printing-system software CD or from the HP Web site. When using the Adobe PS Level 3 printer driver, users must comply with all Adobe licensing agreements, as stated on the Adobe Web site.
Advanced tab features
To gain access to the Advanced tab:
  1. Click Start.
  2. For Windows 2000, select Settings, and then click Printers.
    For Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes.
    For Windows XP Home, click Control Panel, and then double-click the Printers and Faxes icon.
  3. Right-click the product name that has the desired driver name associated with it.
  4. Click Printing Preferences.
  5. Click the Advanced tab.
Use the Advanced tab to change the layout of printed pages. Use this tab to configure special controls that are not commonly used, as well as features such as paper size and number of copies.
Figure : Advanced tab – PCL 6 printer driver
Figure : Advanced tab – HP postscript level 3 emulation printer driver
Paper/Output
Copy Count setting
This printer-driver setting is useful for software programs that do not provide a copy count. If a copy count is available in the software program, set the copy count in the software program. Copy Count specifies the number of copies to print.
The number of copies appears in the Copy Count option. Select the number by typing in the box or by using the up and down arrows to the right of the text box. Valid entries are numbers from 1 to 9999. The copies value will not advance from the maximum number (9999) to 1 when the up arrow is used, or change from 1 to the maximum number (9999) when the down arrow is used. When you click another group box or leave the Advanced tab, invalid entries in the edit box (such as non-numerical input, numbers less than 1, or numbers greater than the maximum allowed) change to the last valid value that appeared in the box. The default number of copies is 1.
Because you can set the number of copies from some software programs, conflicts can arise between the software program and the printer driver. In most cases, the software program and the printer driver communicate, so that the number of copies set in the software program will appear in the printer-driver settings. For some software programs, this communication does not happen, and the number of copies settings are treated independently. For these software programs, setting 10 copies in the software program and then setting 10 copies in the printer driver will result in 100 copies (10 x 10) being printed. It is recommended that you set the number of copies in the software program, whenever possible.
Graphic
TrueType Font settings
This option specifies the TrueType font settings. The following settings are available:
  • Substitute with Device Font (default). This setting causes the product to use equivalent fonts for printing documents that contain TrueType fonts. This permits faster printing; however, special characters that the product fonts do not support might not print correctly.
  • Download as Softfont. This setting causes TrueType fonts to be downloaded and used for printing, instead of using the product fonts.
Document Options
Advanced Printing Features
When the Advanced Printing Features setting is Enabled, metafile spooling is turned on and Finishing tab options such as Page Order, Booklet Layout, and Pages per Sheet are available, depending on the product. For normal printing, leave the Advanced Printing Features setting Enabled. If compatibility problems occur, disable the feature. Some advanced printing features might still be available in the printer driver, even though they have been disabled. If you select an advanced printing feature in the printer driver that has been disabled on the Advanced tab, the feature is automatically turned on again.
Print Optimizations (HP PCL 6 printer driver only)
The default setting for Print Optimizations is Enabled. When this feature is enabled and the document to be printed contains overlapping text and graphics, text placed on top of a graphic might not print correctly. If the printed output is not correct, disable this feature. When disabled, print optimization features, such as substituting device fonts for TrueType fonts and scanning for horizontal and vertical rules, are turned off.
PostScript Options (HP postscript level 3 emulation printer driver only)
PostScript Output Option
The PostScript Output Option specifies the output format for PS files. Generally, use the default setting, Optimize for Speed, to print documents.
To create a file that conforms to the Adobe Document Structuring Conventions (ADSC), click Optimize for Portability. Each page of the document will be a self-contained object. This is useful if you want to create a .PS file and print it on a different product. If you want to include the file as an image in another document that is printed from a different software program, click Encapsulated PostScript (EPS). The Archive Format creates a .PS file.
TrueType Font Download option
The TrueType Font Download Option specifies how TrueType fonts are downloaded. The default setting of Automatic allows the PS printer driver to set the format. If you want to download the TrueType font as a scalable outline font, click Outline. To download the TrueType font as a bitmap font, click Bitmap. If the product is a TrueType rasterizer product, click Native TrueType to download the TrueType font as an outline font.
PostScript Language Level
The PostScript Language Level option specifies which PS language level to use, from 1 to 3. The highest level supported by the product is 3, and this is the default setting. Some products support multiple levels.
It is usually best to select the highest number available, because a higher language level provides more features. In some instances you should use level 1, such as when you are printing a file to disk, and that file will be printed by someone who uses a level-1 product.
Send PostScript Error Handler
The Send PostScript Error Handler setting specifies whether a PS error-handler message is sent. If you want the product to print an error page when an error occurs in the print job, click Yes. The default setting is Yes.
Negative Output
This control specifies negative output. Click Yes to print a mirror image of the document by reversing the values for black and white. The default setting is No.
Printer Features
Print All Text as Black
The Print All Text as Black feature is Disabled by default. When Enabled is selected, the product prints all text as black regardless of the original document text color. Color text is printed as black, except for white text, which remains white. White text is a reliable method of printing reverse typeface against a dark background. This setting does not affect graphic images on the page, nor does it affect any text that is part of a graphic. Print All Text as Black remains enabled only for the current print job. When the current print job is completed, Print All Text as Black is automatically disabled.
Send TrueType as Bitmap (HP PCL 6 printer driver only)
Send True Type as Bitmap provides an alternative for those software programs that encounter problems when using TrueType fonts for special graphic purposes such as shading, rotation, or slanting. The setting is Disabled by default. The TrueType fonts are converted to bitmap soft fonts before downloading. The Enabled setting causes the printer driver to send TrueType fonts to the product as outlines, which retains the standard format (outline) of the fonts.
Mopier Mode (HP postscript level 3 emulation printer driver only)
  caution:
Disabling Mopier Mode disrupts functionality for the Output and Finishing tab features.
If Mopier Mode is Disabled, the Output and Finishing tab features might not function as expected or might not function at all. For example, all the pages in a print job might be stapled together when they should be collated.
The multiple-original print (mopy) function is an HP-designed feature that produces multiple, collated copies from a single print job. Multiple-original printing (mopying) increases performance and reduces network traffic by transmitting the print job to the product once, and storing it in memory. The remainder of the copies are printed at the fastest speed. All documents that are printed in mopier mode can be created, controlled, managed, and finished from the computer, which eliminates the extra step of using a photocopier.
Use the HP PCL 6 or the HP postscript level 3 emulation printer driver to perform mopying in one of two ways: either through the software or through the product hardware. When the mopier is enabled, mopying takes place through the product hardware by default. One copy of a multiple-page print job is transmitted once through the network to the product, together with a printer job language (PJL) command directing the product to print the specified number of copies.
When Mopier Mode is Disabled, mopying is not necessarily disabled. The printer driver can perform through the software rather than the product hardware (the mopying path that is disabled when you change the Mopier Mode setting to Disabled). However, sending a multiple-copy print job when Mopier Mode is Disabled eliminates the advantage of transmitting the print job once because the print job is sent through the network for each copy.
The Mopier Mode feature is Enabled by default.
Layout Options
Page Order
Page Order specifies the order in which the pages of the document are printed. Front to Back prints the document so that page 1 prints first. Back to Front prints the document so that page 1 prints last. The Back to Front setting is useful to achieve output in the correct order when printing to a face-up output bin.
  note:
Page ordering works on whole sheets of paper rather than on individual logical pages. If you set Pages per Sheet (on the Finishing tab) to be greater than one, the ordering of logical pages on a physical sheet of paper does not change.
Printing Shortcuts tab features
To gain access to the Printing Shortcuts tab:
  1. Click Start.
  2. For Windows 2000, select Settings, and then click Printers.
    For Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes.
    For Windows XP Home, click Control Panel, and then double-click the Printers and Faxes icon.
  3. Right-click the product name that has the desired driver name associated with it.
  4. Click Printing Preferences.
  5. Click the Printing Shortcuts tab.
Use the Printing Shortcuts tab to print jobs with specific printer-driver settings. The available settings depend on the product configuration. Select one of the defined shortcuts or create custom printing shortcuts.
Figure : Printing Shortcuts tab
Select one of the defined shortcuts or custom printing shortcuts, and then click OK to print the job with the specific printer-driver settings.
You can store a maximum of 25 custom printing shortcuts on a particular system.
Select any defined shortcut or custom printing shortcut and then click Delete to delete it.
Click Reset to set the default options for all features of the selected shortcut.
Use defined printing shortcuts
The following defined printing shortcuts are available:
  • General Everyday Printing. Select this option to print using typical settings.
  • Two-sided (Duplex) Printing. Select this option to print using typical settings for duplex printing.
  • Booklet Printing. Select this option to print using typical settings for booklet printing.
  • Envelopes. Select this option to print using typical settings for printing on envelopes.
  • Factory Defaults. Select this option to print with the default printer-driver settings.
  note:
If you change any of the settings for a defined printing shortcut, the Save As... and Reset buttons become active. Click Save As... to save the new settings as a custom printing shortcut. Click Reset to set the default options for all features of the selected shortcut.
Create a custom printing shortcut
Create a custom printing shortcut by following these steps:
  1. Select one of the defined shortcuts as a base.
  2. Select the appropriate print settings on the Printing Shortcuts tab, or by using the settings on any of the Printing Preferences tabs.
      note:
    Staple options are available only for the HP LaserJet M2727nfs MFP.
  3. On the Printing Shortcuts tab, click Save As.... The Printing shortcuts box appears.
    Figure : Printing shortcuts box
  4. Type a name for the custom printing shortcut, and then click OK. The custom printing shortcut appears in the printing shortcuts list.
    Figure : Printing Shortcuts tab
Paper/Quality tab features
To gain access to the Paper/Quality tab:
  1. Click Start.
  2. For Windows 2000, select Settings, and then click Printers.
    For Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes.
    For Windows XP Home, click Control Panel, and then double-click the Printers and Faxes icon.
  3. Right-click the product name that has the desired driver name associated with it.
  4. Click Printing Preferences.
  5. Click the Paper/Quality tab.
Use the Paper/Quality tab to specify the size, type, and source of the paper. Also use this tab to specify the location of different paper types within the print job.
Figure : Paper/Quality tab
Paper Options
The settings specified in the Paper Options group box on the Paper/Quality tab apply to all of the pages of the print job.
Paper sizes:
The Paper sizes: setting is a drop-down menu that lists all of the supported paper sizes.
Move the mouse cursor over the dimensions label to change the cursor from an arrow to a gloved hand. Click the dimensions label to toggle between English and metric units.
Because paper-size settings in most software programs override printer-driver settings, it is generally best to use the printer driver to set paper size only when printing from software programs that do not include a paper-size setting, such as NotePad, or when printing a book or a booklet that does not require different paper sizes.
  note:
Certain software programs can override the size command and specify different paper sizes within a single document.
When you change the print-driver setting to a paper size that is not currently loaded in the product, a control-panel message appears that prompts you to load the paper size or select another tray.
Custom Paper Size
The Custom Paper Size dialog box appears when you click Custom… on the Paper/Quality tab.
  note:
The Custom Paper Size dialog box for the product does not reflect the maximum paper size that the product supports.
Figure : Custom Paper Size dialog box
Name
Use the Name text box to type a new name for a custom paper size.
The name that appears in the Name text box depends on the following conditions:
  • If a saved custom paper size has been selected from the drop-down menu on the Paper/Quality tab, then the Name text box shows the name of the selected custom paper size.
  • If a standard paper size has been selected on the Paper/Quality tab, then the Name text box shows the default name of "Custom."
  • If a new name has been typed into the Name text box for the purpose of saving a new size or renaming an existing size, then that new name will remain in the text box until the new size is saved or the dialog box is closed.
If you type a new name into the Name text box, but do not click Save, you can change the width and height values without losing the name. However, if you close the dialog box without clicking Save, any unsaved name or size values are lost without warning.
Custom paper sizes
Change the width and height values by typing numeric strings into the Width and Height fields in the Custom Paper Size dialog box.
Any entry that is greater than the maximum limits of the width and height controls is rounded down to the maximum valid entry, while any entry that is smaller than the minimum limits of the width and height control is rounded up to the minimum valid entry.
If units are in millimeters, the custom paper-size range minimum is the limit rounded up to the nearest whole millimeter. The custom paper-size range maximum is the limit rounded down to the nearest whole millimeter. Any non-numerical entry reverts to the last valid entry. Width and height entries are validated when the focus has changed.
The resolution of each control is 1 millimeter or 1/10 of an inch, depending on the current measurement units.
Units
To change measurement units, click one of the options in the Units group box, either Inches or Millimeters.
Custom width and height control limits
The minimum paper size for the product is 76.2 x 127 mm (3 x 5 inches) and the maximum size is 215.9 x 355.6 mm (8.5 x 14 inches). The following table summarizes paper size limits for each paper-handling option.
HP PCL6 printer driver custom paper sizes
Tray
Dimensions
Minimum
Maximum
Tray 1
Width
76 mm (3.0 inches)
215 mm (8.5 inches)
Height
127 mm (5.0 inches)
356 mm (14.0 inches)
Tray 2
Width
148.0 mm (5.83 inches)
215 mm (8.5 inches)
Height
210 mm (8.26 inches)
356 mm (14.0 inches)
Tray 3 (optional, standard on the HP LaserJet M2727nfs)
Width
148.0 mm (5.83 inches)
215 mm (8.5 inches)
Height
210 mm (8.26 inches)
356 mm (14.0 inches)
Duplexing unit
Width
148.0 mm (5.83 inches)
215 mm (8.5 inches)
Height
210.0 mm (8.26 inches)
356 mm (14.0 inches)
Paper source:
The Paper source: setting specifies the source tray to use for printing a document. The list of source trays depends on the product accessories that are installed. Any optional source trays that are installed through the Device Settings tab also appear here.
The Paper source: drop-down menu can contain the following options, depending on what has been installed on the product:
  • Automatically Select
  • Printer auto select
  • Manual Feed in Tray 1
  • Tray 1
  • Tray 2
  • Tray 3
The default setting is Automatically Select. When this setting is selected, the product uses the source tray that supports the selected paper size. If you select a source tray other than Automatically Select, make sure that the correct paper size is loaded in the source tray.
Paper type:
The Paper type: drop-down menu shows all of the supported paper types. When you use the default setting, Unspecified, the product uses the default paper type, which is usually Plain.
You cannot add custom paper types through the printer driver. Custom types can be added only by using bidirectional communication, so they must already exist in the product when the bidirectional query occurs. If bidirectional communication is enabled, then an updated list of paper types is returned. If bidirectional communication is not enabled, then the printer driver looks for custom paper types that have been saved from a previous bidirectional communication query, and uses those. Otherwise, no custom paper types are available through the printer driver.
  note:
Selecting a paper type instructs the product to use a group of predefined settings to create the best possible print quality for that type of paper.
  caution:
Selecting a paper type that does not match the type of paper that is loaded in the tray can damage the product.
The following standard types appear in the list:
  • Unspecified
  • Plain
  • Light 60-74g
  • Mid-Weight 96-110g
  • Heavy 111-130g
  • Extra Heavy 131-175g
  • Monochrome Laser Transparency
  • Labels
  • Letterhead
  • Envelope
  • Preprinted
  • Prepunched
  • Colored
  • Bond
  • Recyled
  • Rough
The default setting is Unspecified, and the program selects the paper type. Before selecting a different setting, make sure that the correct paper type is loaded in the tray that is specified in the Paper source: setting.
If the print-driver setting is changed to a paper type that is not currently loaded in the product, a control-panel message appears that prompts you to load the selected paper type or select another tray.
Special pages:
Use the Special pages: (“page exceptions”) list box to select different trays loaded with different types of paper for different parts of the print job. For example, you can have covers printed on different paper, or you can insert preprinted pages at designated places to print books.
Select an option in the Special pages: list box, and then click Settings.... Use the Settings dialog box to control the settings for the special pages of the print job. Examples of the dialog boxes for the special pages options are shown in the following figures.
Figure : Covers dialog box
Figure : Print pages on different paper dialog box
  note:
Options available in the Settings dialog box change depending on the selection made in the Special pages: list box.
Document preview image
The document preview image is a line-drawn image of a page that represents graphics and text. The document preview image is always oriented so that the contents of the page are right-side-up.
Move the cursor over the document preview image to change the cursor from an arrow to a gloved hand. Toggle between portrait and landscape page orientation by clicking the image.
Figure : Document preview image
Print Quality
The Print Quality group box contains the Print Quality drop-down menu and the EconoMode check box.
The default setting for Print Quality is FastRes 1200.
This setting controls resolution, which refers to the number of dots per inch (dpi) or lines per inch (lpi) used to print the page. As resolution is increased, the quality (clarity and visual appeal) of print on the page is improved. However, higher resolution might also result in longer printing times. The following Print Quality options are available in the drop-down menu:
  • ProRes 1200 (132 lpi)
  • ProRes 1200 (180 lpi)
  • FastRes 1200
  • 600 dpi
Select the EconoMode check box in conjunction with any of the print quality settings. When using EconoMode, the product uses less toner on each page. Using this option might extend the life of the print cartridge and can lower the cost per page, but also reduces print quality. Using the EconoMode feature with non-HP print cartridges can result in toner spillage or product damage.
Effects tab features
To gain access to the Effects tab:
  1. Click Start.
  2. For Windows 2000, select Settings, and then click Printers.
    For Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes.
    For Windows XP Home, click Control Panel, and then double-click the Printers and Faxes icon.
  3. Right-click the product name that has the desired driver name associated with it.
  4. Click Printing Preferences.
  5. Click the Effects tab.
Use the Effects tab to create unique paper effects, such as scaling and watermarks.
Figure : Effects tab
Resizing Options
The Resizing Options group box contains the following options:
  • Actual size (default)
  • Print document on setting
  • Scale to fit option
  • % of actual size setting
Actual size
Actual size is the default setting. It prints the document without changing the document size.
Print document on
Select the Print document on option to format the document for one paper size and then print the document on a different paper size, with or without scaling the image to fit the new paper size.
The Print document on option is disabled by either of the following conditions:
  • The % of actual size value is not 100.
  • The Pages per sheet value on the Finishing tab is not 1.
When Print document on is selected, the drop-down menu shows the paper sizes on which you can print. The list contains all of the standard paper sizes that the selected paper source supports and any custom sizes that have been created. When Print document on is selected, Scale to fit is automatically selected. Clear this check box if you do not want the document reduced or enlarged to fit on the selected paper.
Scale to fit
The Scale to fit option specifies whether each formatted document page image is scaled to fit the target paper size. By default, Scale to fit is selected when Print document on is selected. If the setting is turned off, then the document page images will not be scaled, and are instead centered at full size on the paper. If the document size is larger than the paper size, then the document image is clipped. If it is smaller, then it is centered within the paper.
When the size for which the document is formatted (that is, the logical size) differs from the target size, the preview image uses a dashed gray line to show the boundaries of the logical page in relation to the target page size.
% of actual size
The % of actual size option provides a slider bar to use for scaling the percentage setting. The default setting in the entry box is 100% of normal size. Normal size is defined as the paper size that is selected within the printer driver or what the printer driver receives from the software program, if the software program does not negotiate the paper size with the printer driver. The printer driver scales the page by the appropriate factor and sends it to the product.
The limits of the range are from 25% to 400%, and any values outside the range are adjusted to those limits as soon as the focus is removed from the control (that is, when the Tab key is pressed or another control is selected).
Any change to the scale also changes the document preview image, which increases or decreases from the upper-left corner of the preview.
The slider bar controls the scale directly. The value in the edit box changes as the slider-bar indicator is dragged, and the document preview image is updated to the new image scale. Each click on the arrows increases or decreases the scale by 1%. Each click on the slider bar affects the scale by 10%.
Dragging the slider-bar indicator does not yield an exact value. Instead, either use the slider-bar indicator to approximate the value and then use the arrows to refine the value, or type the value into the entry box.
The following settings disable % of actual size:
  • Print document on on the Effects tab is selected
  • Pages per sheet on the Finishing tab is not 1
Document preview image
The document preview image is a line-drawn image of a page that represents graphics and text. The document preview image is always oriented so that the contents of the page are right-side-up.
Move the cursor over the document preview image to change the cursor from an arrow to a gloved hand. Toggle between portrait and landscape page orientation by clicking the image.
Figure : Document preview image
Watermarks
Use the Watermarks options to select a watermark, create a custom watermark (text only), or edit an existing watermark. The following watermarks are preset in the printer driver:
  • (none)
  • Confidential
  • Draft
  • SAMPLE
The drop-down menu shows alphabetically sorted watermarks that are currently available on the system plus the string "(none)", which indicates that no watermark is selected. This is the default setting. Any watermark that is selected from this list appears in the preview image.
When the First page only check box is selected, the watermark is printed only on the first page of the document. The First page only check box is disabled when the current watermark selection is "(none)".
Watermarks are applied to logical pages. For example, when Pages per sheet is set to "4" and First page only is turned off, four watermarks appear on the physical page (one on each logical page).
Click Edit in the Watermarks group box, and the Watermark Details dialog box appears.
Figure : Watermark Details dialog box
The Watermark Details dialog box shows a preview image and provides options for creating a new watermark and controlling the message angle and font attributes.
Click OK to accept all of the changes that are made in the Watermark Details dialog box. However, clicking Cancel does not cancel all of the changes. If you make changes to a watermark and then select a different watermark or click New, all of the changes are saved, and only the current, unsaved changes can be canceled.
Current watermarks
The Current Watermarks group box contains a list of available watermarks, both the predefined watermarks that are available in the driver and any new watermarks that have been created.
To create a new watermark, click New. The new watermark appears in the Current Watermarks list and in the Watermark Message edit box as "Untitled" until you name it. The name typed in the Watermark Message field appears in the Current Watermarks group box in the Watermark Details dialog box and in the Watermarks group box on the Effects tab.
To name the new watermark, type the selected watermark text in the Watermark Message edit box.
To delete a watermark, select the watermark in the Current Watermarks list and click Delete. A warning appears asking whether you are sure you want to delete the selected item. Click Cancel to keep the watermark. Click OK to delete the selected watermark.
  note:
No more that 30 watermarks can exist in the Current Watermarks list at one time. When the limit of 30 watermarks is reached, the New button is disabled.
To edit an existing watermark, select the watermark in the Current Watermarks list. If you change the Watermark Message for that watermark, in effect creates a new watermark.
Watermark Message
The Watermark Message is also the name that identifies the watermark in the Current Watermarks list, except when more than one watermark has the same message. For example, you might want several different watermarks can contain the message DRAFT, each with a different typeface or font size. When this occurs, the string is appended with a space, a pound sign, and a number (for example, Draft #2). When a number is added, the number two is used first, but if the resulting name is also in the list, then the number increases until the name is unique (Draft #3, Draft #4, and so on).
Message Angle
Use the options in the Message Angle group box to print the watermark in different orientations on the page. All settings center the watermark string within the page; the selection of a particular setting affects only the angle of the string placement. The following settings are available:
  • Diagonal. This is the default setting. Select this setting to place the text along a line that spans the lower-left to upper-right corners of the page.
  • Horizontal. Select this setting to place the text along a line that spans the mid-left and mid-right edges of the page.
  • Angle. Select this setting to place the text at the specified angle across the page. Use the numeric spin box to select the angle.
Font Attributes
Use the controls in the Font Attributes group box to change the font and the shading, size, and style of the font.
The Font Attributes group box contains the following controls:
  • Name. The Name drop-down menu lists fonts that are currently installed on the system. The default is language-dependent.
  • Color. The Color drop-down menu contains only one option: Gray.
  • Shading. The default Shading setting for new and preset watermarks is Very Light. The following range of shades is available from the Shading drop-down menu:
    • Lightest
    • Very Light (default)
    • Light
    • Medium Light
    • Medium
    • Medium Dark
    • Dark
    • Very Dark
    • Darkest
    These values represent the intensity of the gray that is used. Select Light to produce a lightly saturated gray watermark. Select Lightest to produce the lightest shade of watermark. Select Darkest to produce a black watermark.
  • Size. Font sizes from 1 to 999 points are available from the Size menu. The default point size is language-dependent.
  • Style. The following settings are available:
    • Regular
    • Bold
    • Italic
    • Bold Italic
      The default Style setting for new and preset watermarks is Regular.
Default watermark settings
The following table shows Font Attribute settings for new and preset watermarks.
Font Attribute settings for new and preset watermarks
Setting
New watermark
Preset watermark
Name
Arial
Varies by language
Color
Gray
Gray
Shading
Very Light
Very Light
Size
80
Varies by language
Style
Regular
Regular
Click OK to accept all of the changes that have been made in the Watermark Details dialog box. Clicking Cancel does not cancel all of the changes. If you make changes to a watermark and then select a different watermark or click New, all of the changes are saved, and only the current, unsaved changes can be canceled.
Finishing tab features
  caution:
Disabling Mopier Mode disrupts functionality for the Output and Finishing tab features.
If Mopier Mode is Disabled, the Output and Finishing tab features might not function as expected or might not function at all. For example, all the pages in a print job might be stapled together when they should be collated.
To gain access to the Finishing tab:
  1. Click Start.
  2. For Windows 2000, select Settings, and then click Printers.
    For Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes.
    For Windows XP Home, click Control Panel, and then double-click the Printers and Faxes icon.
  3. Right-click the product name that has the desired driver name associated with it.
  4. Click Printing Preferences.
  5. Click the Finishing tab.
Use the Finishing tab to print booklets and control the paper output.
Figure : Finishing tab
Document options
Correct Order for Straight Paper Path
Select Correct Order for Straight Paper Path to send print jobs to the rear output bin rather than to the top output bin. Make sure that the rear output door is open. This setting reverses the order of pages to maintain the correct page sequence.
Print on both Sides
The default setting for the Print on both Sides option is off (not selected). Print on both Sides is available when the following conditions exist:
  • Paper type: on the Paper/Quality tab is set to any paper type except for the following:
    • Labels
    • Tough Paper
  • Page size: is set to any paper size except for the following:
    • Statement
Automatically print on both sides
The duplexing unit in the product prints on two sides of a sheet of paper when the Print on both sides option is selected.
Products with a duplexer installed support smart duplexing. The smart duplexing feature increases printing performance by preventing one-page print jobs or single-sided pages of a duplexed print job from going through the duplexing unit, even when the duplexing feature has been selected in the printer driver.
All paper types support the smart duplexing feature, except for paper types that cannot be printed on both sides, such as labels, and the following:
  • Prepunched
  • Preprinted
  • Letterhead
When the paper type is set to Unspecified, the smart duplexing feature is disabled.
Selecting a paper type instructs the product to use a group of settings (such as fuser temperature and print speed) to create an image that has the best possible quality for that paper. This group of settings is known as a print mode. A different print mode is used with each paper type. To achieve the best print quality when printing on the second side of the page, the product makes adjustments to its print modes. Print-mode adjustments for the second side of a duplexed page are automatic.
Flip pages up
Use the Flip pages up check box to specify the duplex-binding option. By default, the Flip pages up check box is available only when Print on both sides is selected.
The following table shows the results of selecting this check box, depending on the paper orientation selected on the Finishing tab.
Page orientation
Orientation (Finishing tab)
Flip pages up selected
Flip pages up not selected
Portrait
Short-edge binding
Long-edge binding
Landscape
Long-edge binding
Short-edge binding
When Print on both sides is selected, the document preview image changes to show a spiral binding along either the left edge or the top edge of the page. In addition, a folded-over corner appears in the lower-right portion of the preview image, indicating that printing occurs on the back side. An arrow on the folded-over corner points in the direction that the pages would be flipped if they were bound together.
Short-side binding is for print jobs with pages that read by flipping over like the pages of a calendar. Long-side binding is for print jobs with pages that read by turning like the pages of a book.
Booklet layout
The Booklet layout drop-down menu, visible when Print on both sides is selected, offers choices that are based on the current paper size. The default setting for the Booklet layout drop-down menu is Off. The other settings have the following format, where [paper size] depends on the paper size that is set on the Paper/Quality tab:
  • Left binding
  • Right binding
Selecting Left binding or Right binding changes the document preview image to show the location of the binding. If the Pages per sheet setting is on the default setting of 1, it automatically changes to 2 pages per sheet. Changing the Pages per sheet setting manually to 4, 6, 9, or 16 pages per sheet disables the booklet setting.
Book and booklet printing
The product supports both book and booklet printing.
A book is a print job that consists of at least two pages. It can have a different paper type for the front cover, first page, other pages, last page, or back cover. Use the Special pages; settings on the Paper/Quality tab to specify settings for blank or preprinted pages to be inserted in the print job.
  • Front
  • Back
  • Both
  • First
  • Last
A booklet is a print job that places two pages on each side of a sheet that can then be folded into a booklet that is half the size of the paper. Use the Booklet layout drop-down menu on the Finishing tab to control booklet settings.
Print a booklet
Complete the following steps to print a booklet in most software programs:
  1. Click File.
  2. Click Print.
  3. Click Properties.
  4. Click the Finishing tab.
  5. Select the Print on both sides check box.
  6. In the Booklet layout drop-down menu, select the type of booklet printing that you want (for example, Right binding).
  7. Click OK in the printer driver.
  8. Click OK in the print dialog box to print.
Pages per sheet
Use the Pages per sheet option to select the number of pages to print on a single sheet of paper.
When printing with more than one page per sheet, the pages appear smaller and are arranged on the sheet in a defined order. The Pages per sheet drop-down menu provides six settings:
  • 1 page per sheet (default)
  • 2 pages per sheet
  • 4 pages per sheet
  • 6 pages per sheet
  • 9 pages per sheet
  • 16 pages per sheet
  note:
Selecting an option other than 1 page per sheet makes booklet printing unavailable.
Print page borders
Related controls indented beneath the Pages per sheet edit box are Print page borders and Page order, which become active when Pages per sheet is greater than 1.
Print page borders sets a line around each page image on a printed sheet to help visually define the borders of each logical page.
Page order
The Page order drop-down menu contains the following options:
  • Right, then Down
  • Down, then Right
  • Left, then Down
  • Down, then Left
The preview document image changes to reflect changes in these settings.
Figure : Page-order preview images
  • 2 pages per sheet
  • 4 pages per sheet
  • 6 pages per sheet
  • 9 pages per sheet
  • 16 pages per sheet
Document preview image
The document preview image is a line-drawn image of a page that represents graphics and text. The document preview image is always oriented so that the contents of the page are right-side-up.
Move the cursor over the document preview image to change the cursor from an arrow to a gloved hand. Toggle between portrait and landscape page orientation by clicking the image.
Figure : Document preview image
Orientation
Orientation refers to the layout of the image on the page, and does not affect the way that paper feeds into the product.
  note:
Nearly all software programs establish the orientation for the printed page, so the page orientation in the printer driver is useful only for the few software programs that do not set an orientation.
The Orientation group box contains the following options:
  • Portrait. The top edge of the document is the shorter edge of the paper. This is the default orientation.
  • Landscape. The top edge of the document is the longer edge of the paper.
  • Rotate by 180 degrees. This creates a landscape or portrait orientation in which the image is rotated 180°. This setting is useful for printing prepunched paper.
Toggle the orientation between portrait and landscape by clicking the document preview image. Selecting the Rotate by 180 degrees check box does not change the document preview image.
Services tab features
To gain access to the Services tab:
  1. Click Start.
  2. For Windows 2000, select Settings, and then click Printers.
    For Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes.
    For Windows XP Home, click Control Panel, and then double-click the Printers and Faxes icon.
  3. Right-click the product name that has the desired driver name associated with it.
  4. Click Printing Preferences.
  5. Click the Services tab.
Figure : Services tab
The Select a destination drop-down menu contains the following options:
  • Support and troubleshooting
  • Product manuals
  • Check for driver updates
  • Shop for supplies
If you have Internet access, select any of these options and then click Go! to open the corresponding HP Web page.
Device Settings tab features
The Device Settings tab is in the Properties tabs for the printer driver. To gain access to the Device Settings tab:
  1. Click Start.
  2. For Windows 2000, select Settings, and then click Printers.
    For Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes.
    For Windows XP Home, click Control Panel, and then double-click the Printers and Faxes icon.
  3. Right-click the product name that has the desired driver name associated with it.
  4. Click Properties.
  5. Click the Device Settings tab.
The Device Settings tab contains options for controlling paper-handling devices and for managing the product.
Available options depend on the printer driver and the particular feature.
Figure : HP PCL 6 printer driver Device Settings tab
Figure : HP postscript level 3 emulation printer driver Device Settings tab
Form To Tray Assignment
The product supports more than one source of paper. Assign a form, which defines the paper size and margins, to each paper source. When a form is matched to a source, select the form to print. The product prints from the tray to which that form is assigned.
System administrators can use the Form To Tray Assignment setting to specify, in the printer driver, the paper size that is loaded into each available input tray. The use of forms constrains the choices that are available in the paper-size list on the Paper/Quality tab in the Printing Preferences tabs. This constraint prevents, or reduces the likelihood of, tying up the product with paper-mount messages that occur when users request sizes or types that are not available.
The trays listed in the Form To Tray Assignment setting include standard trays and optional accessory trays. Generally, items that are installed separately have a separate Installable Options setting.
The input trays listed here are also listed as paper sources on the Paper/Quality tab.
Configuring the trays
  1. Select the appropriate tray in the Form To Tray Assignment list.
  2. Use the drop-down menu to select the paper size (or form) that is loaded in that tray.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the remaining trays.
  4. Click OK to enable the settings, or, if necessary, click Cancel to reconfigure all of the trays and remove the size and type constraints that are listed on the Paper/Quality tab.
Font Substitution Table
Use the Font Substitution Table settings to install and remove external fonts for the product. External fonts can be soft fonts or DIMM fonts.
Click the Font Substitution Table option to open a list of fonts. Use the settings to change the True-Type-to-printer font mappings.
Figure : Font Substitution Table
External Fonts (HP PCL 6 printer driver only)
  note:
The External Fonts option is available only in the HP PCL 6 printer driver.
Use the External Fonts option to install and remove external fonts for the product. External fonts can be soft fonts or DIMM fonts.
Click the External Fonts option to make the Properties... button available. Click Properties... to open the HP Font Installer dialog box.
Figure : HP Font Installer dialog box
Install external fonts
To install external fonts:
  1. Click Start.
  2. For Windows 2000, select Settings, and then click Printers.
    For Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes.
    For Windows XP Home, click Control Panel, and then double-click the Printers and Faxes icon.
  3. Right-click the product name that has the desired driver name associated with it.
  4. Click Properties.
  5. Click the Device Settings tab.
  6. Click the External Fonts option. The Properties button appears.
  7. Click Properties.... The HP Font Installer dialog box appears.
  8. Type the name and path of the font metric file in the Printer Font File Location text box, or click Browse to locate the file on the computer. The font file names appear in the Font(s) to be Added window.
  9. Select the fonts to add, and then click Add. The fonts are installed and the file names appear in the Installed Font(s) window.
  10. Click OK to close the HP Font Installer dialog box.
Remove external fonts
To remove external fonts:
  1. Click Start.
  2. For Windows 2000, select Settings, and then click Printers.
    For Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes.
    For Windows XP Home, click Control Panel, and then double-click the Printers and Faxes icon.
  3. Right-click the product name that has the desired driver name associated with it.
  4. Click Properties.
  5. Click the Device Settings tab.
  6. Click the External Fonts option. The Properties button appears.
  7. Click Properties.... The HP Font Installer dialog box appears. The external fonts that are installed appear in the Installed Fonts window.
  8. Select the fonts to remove, and then click Remove. The fonts are removed.
  9. Click OK to close the HP Font Installer dialog box.
HP postscript level 3 emulation printer driver Device Settings
Available PostScript Memory
This option specifies the amount of available postscript memory and provides a spin box for changing the value. The available postscript memory is a subset of the total product memory. It is usually best to set the postscript memory to match the total RAM that appears on the configuration page.
To print a configuration page from the product control panel:
  1. On the product control panel, press Setup.
  2. Use the arrow buttons to select Reports, and then press OK.
  3. Use the arrow buttons to select Config report, and then press OK.
Output Protocol
This option specifies the protocol that the product uses for print jobs. The following options are available:
  • ASCII (default)
  • TBCP
  • Binary
Click ASCII to send data in ASCII format (7-bit), which might take longer to print but can be sent through any I/O channel, such as a serial or network port.
Click TBCP (Tagged Binary Communications Protocol) to send all data except special control characters in binary (8-bit) format. The binary formats can be sent over serial communications ports and are faster than sending data in ASCII format.
Click Binary to send all data except special control characters in binary (8-bit) format. The binary formats can be sent over serial communications ports and are faster than sending data in ASCII format.
Send Ctrl-D Before Each Job
This option specifies whether the product is reset at the beginning of every postscript document. The default setting is No. Pressing Ctrl-D resets the product to its default setting to ensure that previous print jobs do not affect the current print job. Using Ctrl-D might cause a print job to fail if the product is connected through a network. If the document fails to print when sent to a product connected through serial ports, change No to Yes.
Send Ctrl-D After Each Job
This option specifies whether the product is reset at the end of every postscript document. The default setting is Yes. Pressing Ctrl-D resets the product to its default setting to ensure that future print jobs are not affected by the current print job. Using Ctrl-D might cause a print job to fail if the product is connected through a network. If the document fails to print when sent to a network product, change Yes to No.
Convert Gray Text to PostScript Gray
This option specifies whether to convert the true gray value (RGB) in text to the gray that the printer driver provides. The following settings are available:
  • No (default)
  • Yes
Convert Gray Graphics to PostScript Gray
This option specifies whether to convert the true gray value (RGB) in graphics to the gray provided by the printer driver. The following settings are available:
  • No (default)
  • Yes
Add Euro Currency Symbol to PostScript Fonts
This option specifies whether to add the Euro symbol to the device fonts. The following settings are available:
  • Yes (default)
  • No
Job Timeout
This option specifies how long the document can take to get from the computer to the product before the product stops trying to print the document. If you specify 0 seconds, the product continues trying to print indefinitely. The default setting is 0 seconds. Use the spin box to change this value, up to a maximum of 32,767 seconds.
Wait Timeout
This option specifies how long the product waits to get more postscript information from the computer. After the specified time passes, the product stops trying to print the document and prints an error message. When printing a very complicated document, increase this value. If you specify 0 seconds, the product waits indefinitely. The default setting is 300 seconds. Use the spin box to change this value, up to a maximum of 32,767 seconds.
Minimum Font Size to Download as Outline
This option specifies the minimum font size (in pixels) for which the printer driver downloads TrueType fonts as outline (Type 1) fonts. Any font smaller than the minimum setting is downloaded as a bitmap (Type 3) font. Use this option to fine-tune the Automatic setting for the TrueType Font Download option on the Advanced tab in Document Defaults. The default setting is 100 pixel(s). Use the spin box to change this value, up to a maximum of 32,767 pixels.
Maximum Font Size to Download as Bitmap
This option specifies the maximum font size (in pixels) for which the printer driver will download TrueType fonts as bitmap (Type 3) fonts. Any font larger than the maximum setting will be downloaded as an outline (Type 1) font. Use this option to fine-tune the Automatic setting or override the Send TrueType as Bitmap setting for the TrueType Font Download option on the Advanced tab in Document Defaults. The default setting is 600 pixel(s). Use the spin box to change this value, up to a maximum of 32,767 pixels.
Installable Options
Tray 3
This option specifies whether the optional Tray 3 is installed on the product. The default setting is Not Installed.
  note:
Tray 3 comes standard on the HP LaserJet M2727nfs.
Duplex Unit (for 2-Sided Printing)
The product comes with a duplex unit installed. This default setting is Installed.
Allow Manual Duplexing
Use this setting to allow printing on both sides of a page using manual two-sided printing. This default setting is Enabled.
Printer Memory
This option matches the setting to the amount of memory that is installed in the product. The printer driver generates ranges of memory that can be selected, up to the maximum that the product can accept. The printer driver uses this information to manage the product memory.
Postscript Passthrough (HP postscript level 3 emulation printer driver only)
Postscript Passthrough is enabled by default, and must be enabled for most print jobs. Postscript passthrough provides additional capabilities for some software programs when printing to a postscript printer driver. Options such as Watermarks, n-up and Booklet Printing might not print correctly from some software programs with Postscript Passthrough enabled, because such programs send postscript information that the printer driver cannot control. Other programs might print using these options without problems. Select Disabled and print the document again if you encounter problems.
  note:
In some cases, disabling Postscript Passthrough can cause unexpected results within a software program.
JPEG Passthrough (HP postscript level 3 emulation printer driver only)
The JPEG Passthrough setting contains the following options:
  • Disable. When this option is selected, images sent as .JPEG are printed as bitmaps, resulting in faster printing.
  • Enable. When this option is selected, images sent as .JPEG are printed as .JPEG (JPEG passthrough).
  • Auto. When this option is selected, the product connection type is automatically detected. For network (TCP/IP) connections, JPEG passthrough is disabled. For USB connections, JPEG passthrough is enabled.
About tab features
The About tab is in the Properties tabs for the printer driver.
To gain access to the About tab:
  1. Click Start.
  2. For Windows 2000, select Settings, and then click Printers.
    For Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, click Printers and Faxes.
    For Windows XP Home, click Control Panel, and then double-click the Printers and Faxes icon.
  3. Right-click the product name that has the desired driver name associated with it.
  4. Click Properties.
  5. Click the About tab.
The About tab provides detailed information about the printer driver. It contains an overall build number (in parentheses after the model name) together with specific information about each of the components. The information varies according to the product, printer driver, date, and versions.
Figure : About tab
The About tab lists printer driver installation file names and their version numbers. The About tab also indicates whether the printer driver was auto-configured, whether administrator preferences were set, the date that the printer driver was last configured, and whether the configuration is default or user-defined.
To determine the latest version, compare the overall build number (in parenthesis after the model name) and the GPD number (in the Driver Files: field). If the overall build number has increased, this is the latest version of the printer driver.
If the overall build number is the same, check the version number of the GPD file. The printer driver that has the highest GPD version number is the latest printer driver.
HP Universal Print Driver
HP universal print drivers
Two versions of the HP UPD are available:
  • The PCL 5 Universal Print Driver
  • The PS Universal Print Driver
HP Managed Print Administration
The HP Managed Printing Administration (MPA) software provides system administrators an automated method to create the components of a controlled and customized print environment that uses an HP Universal Print Driver (UPD) for Windows®. UPD users have access to almost any HP printer while giving system administrators tools to manage printers more effectively.
Using the MPA software, administrators control the UPD operation in a printing environment. The MPA software consists of three main components: Managed Print Policies (MPPs), Managed Printer Lists (MPLs), and User Groups.
Managed printer policies
A managed print policy (MPP) is an XML document that controls the driver operation mode in a particular printing environment. For example, users in one environment could search or discover printers using any available search option, while the same user, using the same driver, in another environment could be limited to printing to only a select few devices as defined by the restricted mode use settings.
Managed printer lists
Use the MPA software to create Managed Printer Lists (MPLs), add printers to existing MPLs, and establish associations with MPPs and User Groups. The MPLs provide a simple method for users to locate and use HP printing devices. The MPL defines groupings of printers based on various attributes, and controls features at both the group and individual-printer levels. Administrators can also use the MPA software to customize HTML views of MPLs to assist users in locating available printers in their environment.
User groups
Use the MPA software to create, import, and modify groups of users. The MPA software is also used to establish associations for existing user groups with available MPPs to manage user-group access to available printers and to control features. Users who are added to these groups are likely to be domain users, although users can be added with their local login name.

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