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HP LaserJet 4200 and 4300 Series Printers - Selecting How the Printer Pulls Paper
When the HP LaserJet 4200 or 4300 series printer receives a print job, it selects the tray by trying to match the requested paper type and size with what has been loaded in the trays. Using an "auto-select" process, it searches all available trays for the paper that satisfies the request, starting with the bottom tray and ending with the top tray (Tray 1). The printer begins printing the job as soon as it finds the proper type/size.
NOTE: The "auto-select" process occurs only if no specific tray is requested for the job. If a specific tray is requested, the job prints from the requested tray.
Customizing Tray 1 operation
The auto-select process changes somewhat if the Tray 1 operation is customized or if Tray 1 is set for manual feed.
The printer can be set to print from Tray 1, as long as it is loaded, or to print only from Tray 1, if the type of paper loaded is specifically requested. If the printer displays a prompt asking if it can pull paper from Tray 1, then it cannot find the type and size that was requested, in any other tray.
The printer can be set up to always display a prompt before pulling from Tray 1 or to only display a prompt if Tray 1 is empty. To access this option, go to the USE REQUESTED TRAY setting.menu, and then go to the submenu to access the
The previous settings mean that the printer usually pulls paper from Tray 1 first unless it is empty or closed. If paper is not kept in Tray 1 all the time, or if Tray 1 is only used for manually feeding paper, keep the default setting ofand on the Paper Handling menu.
a type other than ANY
The previous setting means that the printer treats Tray 1 like the other tray. Instead of looking for paper in Tray 1 first, the printer pulls paper from the tray that matches the type and size settings selected from the software.
In the printer driver, paper can be selected from any tray (including Tray 1) by type, size, or source. To print by type and size of paper, see "Printing by type and size of paper (locking trays)" in the Use Guide .
Printing by type and size of paper (locking trays)
Printing by type and size is a way to be sure that print jobs always print on the specific paper. The trays can be configured for the type (such as plain or letterhead) and size (such as letter or A4) of paper loaded in them.
If the trays are configured in this way, and then a certain type and size of paper is selected in the printer driver, the printer automatically selects the tray loaded with that type or size; you no longer have to select a specific tray (selecting by source).
Configuring the printer this way is especially helpful if the printer is shared, and more than one person loads or removes paper frequently. Some older model printers have a feature that "locks out" trays to prevent printing on the wrong paper. Printing by type and size of paper eliminates the need to lock out trays.
NOTE: To print by type and size from Tray 2, the optional trays, or the optional envelope feeder, it might be necessary to unload Tray 1 and close it, or set TRAY 1 TYPE and TRAY 1 SIZE to types other than ANY on the Paper Handling menu at the printer control panel.
NOTE: Settings in a program or the printer driver override control panel settings. (Program settings generally override printer driver settings.)
Printing by type and size of paper