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HP Color LaserJet 2600n Printer - Features of the Host Based Driver

This document describes the options that are available on each tab of the HP Color LaserJet 2600n host-based driver interface:

  • Printing Preferences tab set

  • Printer Properties tab set

Printing Preferences tab set

The HP Color LaserJet 2600n host-based driver Printing Preferences tabs contain options for formatting documents for the HP Color LaserJet 2600n printer. Access to the Printing Preferences tabs can be gained either through the software program or through the Microsoft Windows Printers folder. The following tabs are included in Printing Preferences tab set:

  • Paper/Quality tab features

  • Effects tab features

  • Finishing tab features

  • Basics tab features

  • Color tab features

Access the driver

To gain access to driver settings from within most software programs, click File, click Print, and then click Properties. The appearance and names of the driver tabs that appear can vary, depending on the operating system. These settings apply only while the software program is open.

You can also control the driver directly from the Printers folder. These settings change the default settings for all software programs.

  • In Microsoft Windows 2000, click Start , Settings , Printers , right-click the printer name, and then select Printing Preferences from the drop-down to gain access to the same set of driver tabs that the software program controls.
  • In Microsoft Windows XP or Microsoft Windows Server 2003, click Start , Printers and Faxes (Microsoft Windows XP Professional) or Printers and Other Hardware Devices (Microsoft Windows XP Home) to gain access to the same set of driver tabs that the software program controls.

If Properties is selected from the drop-down after right-clicking the printer name, a different set of tabs can be accessed that control the driver behavior and driver connections. See the Printer Properties tab set .

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Print/Quality tab features

Use the Paper/Quality tab to specify the size, type, and source of the media for the HP Color LaserJet 2600n printer. This tab can also be used to indicate different paper-selection choices for the first page, other pages, and back cover of the document. The following illustration shows the Paper/Quality tab.

Figure 1: Paper/Quality tab

The Paper/Quality tab contains the following controls: Quick Sets, Paper Options group box, and Document preview image.

Quick Sets

The first group box in the upper portion of the Paper/Quality tab is Quick Sets . Any change to the Quick Sets group box that is made on the Paper/Quality tab affects most of the Printing Preferences driver tabs (the Paper/Quality , Effects , Finishing , Basics , and Color tabs) because they are all the same control.

Use the Quick Sets setting to store the current combination of driver settings that appears on all of the other print driver tabs. Quick Sets are either preset by network-administrator settings or user-defined printing specifications (such as media size, pages per sheet, and so on). The Quick Sets control does not appear on the driver Properties tabs.

The following selections are available in the Quick Sets drop-down menu: Defaults, User Guide Print Settings, and Untitled.

Defaults

When you select Defaults , nearly all of the settings are restored to the combination that existed after the driver was installed (the original settings). However, if the attribute combinations that are associated with watermark definitions or custom paper sizes have been changed or deleted, the original settings are not restored.

Untitled appears in the Quick Sets menu automatically if no other driver settings have been changed since the driver was installed, or if all of the driver settings match the original settings. Otherwise, the setting in the Quick Sets menu is the same label that appeared when you last closed the printing Properties dialog box by clicking OK .

User Guide Print Settings

The User Guide Print Settings option provides a Quick Sets for optimal printing of the HP Color LaserJet 2600n User Guide .

Untitled

By default, the Quick Sets menu is set to Untitled . When you change any of the default settings on any of the Printing Preferences driver tabs and you want to save the configuration as a Print Task Quick Set, highlight the words Untitled , type the name you want for your new Print Task Quick Set, and then click Save . Quick Sets are saved in the system registry. To delete a Print Task Quick Set, select it from the drop-down menu and click Delete .

You can store a maximum of 25 Quick Sets on a particular system. If you attempt to save too many, a message box appears that reads, "There are too many Quick Sets defined. Please delete some before adding new ones."

Paper Options group box

The settings specified in the Paper Options group box on the Paper/Quality tab apply to all of the pages of the document. The following illustration shows the Paper Options group box and the selections available.

Figure 2: Paper Options group box

The following are settings in the Paper Options group box: Size is:, Use different paper check box, Custom, paper size group, Source Is: drop-down menu, Type is: drop-down menu, and the Use Different Paper options.

Size is:

The Size is: setting is a drop-down menu that lists all of the supported media sizes.

The size for all the settings in the Paper Options group box can be specified; however, the same size of media for the entire print job. That is, if the print job uses Letter-size media, any option selected from the available Use Different Paper options must also use Letter-size media.
NOTE: Certain software programs can override the size command and specify different media sizes within a single document.

For the Other Pages and Back Cover settings, a source (tray) and media type that differ from the settings selected for First Page can be selected. If a conflict exists among media source, media size, and/or media type, and the end user chooses to keep the conflicting settings, the settings are processed in the following order: media size, media type, and then media source.

Because driver settings are overridden by media-size settings in most software applications, it is generally best to use the driver to set media size only for software applications that lack a media-size setting, such as NotePad, or when producing a book or a booklet that does not require different media sizes.
NOTE: When using a software program with a media-size setting, specify different media sizes within a single document by using the Use Different Paper options. For more information, see Use Different Paper check box.

Use Different Paper check box

When the Use Different Paper check box is selected, the First page , Other pages , and Back Cover options become available. Click any of these options and then choose Size is: , Source is: , and Type is: for each option.

Custom Paper Size group

Click the Custom button to open the Custom Paper Size dialog box.

Figure 3: Custom Paper Size dialog box

Use the Custom Paper Size dialog box to create or modify custom paper-size information. The Custom Paper Size dialog box contains the following options:

  • Name field. Click the text box to type a name for the custom paper size or click the drop-down menu to select a custom paper size that is already defined.

  • Size group box. If a size that is too large or too small is typed, the driver automatically adjusts the size.

    • Width spin box. Use the spin controls to select the width for the custom paper size, or click in the text box to type the width.

    • Height spin box. Use the spin controls to select the height for the custom paper size, or click in the text box to type the height.

    • Use Millimeters/Use Inches button. Click this button to toggle between using millimeters and inches to define the custom paper size.

Click Save to save the custom size or click Close to return to the Paper/Quality tab.

Source Is: drop-down menu

The Source is: setting specifies the source tray to use for printing a document. If an optional Tray 3 has been added, it appears in this list only if configured the tray through the Configure tab.

The Source is: drop-down menu can contain the following options:

  • Auto

  • Tray 1

  • Tray 2

  • Tray 3 (if you have installed an optional tray 3 and configured it through the Configure tab)

The default setting is Auto . When this setting is selected, the printer uses the source tray that supports the media size that is selected. If a source tray other than Auto is selected, make sure that the correct media size is loaded in the source tray.

Type is: drop-down menu

The Type is: drop-down menu shows all the paper types that the HP Color LaserJet 2600n printer supports. When using the default setting of Letter , the printer uses the default media type, which is usually Plain .

The following standard paper types appear in the lists.

Standard paper types and engine speeds
Paper type
Engine speeds
Plain
Full - 1:1
Preprinted
Full - 1:1
Letterhead
Full - 1:1
Transparency
Half - 1:2
Prepunched
Full - 1:1
Labels
Half - 1:2
Bond
Half - 1:2
Recycled
Full - 1:1
Color
Full - 1:1
HP Tough Paper
Half - 1:2
Envelope
Half - 1:21
Light (< 70 g/m²)
Full - 1:1
Heavy (91 to 105 g/m²)
Half - 1:2
Cardstock (106 to 163 g/m² or 43 to 53 lb.)
Half - 1:2
Light Glossy (75 to 105 g/m²)
Half - 1:2
Glossy (106 to 120 g/m²)
Half - 1:2
Heavy Glossy (106 to 163 g/m²)
Half - 1:2
HP Premium Cover (200 g/m²)2
Half - 1:2
HP Premium Plus Photo (220 g/m²)2
Half - 1:2
¹ Throughput for continuous printing might be less than 4 pages per minute due to fuser heating limitations.

² Support is only for HP papers at this weight.

The default setting is Plain . If a different setting is selected, make sure that the correct media type is loaded in the tray that was selected in the Source is: setting.

Use Different Paper options

By using the Use Different Paper options, you can print books that include different types of media.

When selecting the Use Different Paper check box, the following settings can appear in the group box:

  • First Page

  • Other Pages

  • Back Cover

To use Use Different Paper options, configure the setting for the print job. Each option for the Use Different Paper setting is described in the sections that follow this procedure. Use the following instructions to configure the setting:

Configure the Use Different Paper Options for a print job

For each option, a different tray can be set by using the Source Is: drop-down menu. For some options, the Type is: drop-down menu is also available.

  1. Select the Use Different Paper check box to use different paper or cover stock. A list of options appears in the dialog box. The full set of selections is visible when scrolling by using the down arrow button to the right of the list.

  2. Select the appropriate option (First Page , Other Pages , or Back Cover ) in the dialog box to use different media for the pages within the print job. Change the settings by using the Size is: , Source is: , or Type is: drop-down menus.

  3. Click OK to print.

NOTE: You must use the same size of media for the entire print job. All options that you select from the available Use Different Paper options use the size that you select in the First Page settings.

When you change the type and source of the paper and covers, the settings that you select remain configured until you close the software program.

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. The document preview image appears in the upper-right corner of the Paper/Quality , Effects , Finishing , Basics , and Color tabs.

Switching between tabs does not change the location or appearance of the document preview image. When you move the mouse over the document preview image, the mouse cursor changes from an arrow to a gloved hand. You can toggle between portrait and landscape page orientation by clicking the image.

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Effects tab features

Use the Effects tab to create unique paper effects such as scaling and watermarks. The following illustration shows the Effects tab.

Figure 4: Effects tab

The Effects tab contains the following controls:

  • Quick Sets

  • Fit to Page group box

  • Document preview image

  • Watermarks group box

Quick Sets

Use the Quick Sets control to store the current combination of driver settings that are found on all other Printing Preferences driver tabs. Quick Sets are either preset or user-defined printing specifications, such as paper size and pages per sheet. For more information, see Quick Sets in the Paper/Quality tab section of this document.

Fit to Page group box

The Fit to Page group box consists of the following controls: Print Document On setting, Scale to Fit option, and % of Normal Size option.

Print Document On setting

Select the Print Document On option button 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 control is disabled by either of the following conditions:

  • The % of Normal 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 media sizes on which you can print. The list contains all of the standard media sizes that are supported by the selected media source and any custom sizes created. When Print Document On is selected, Scale to Fit is automatically selected.

Scale to Fit option

The Scale to Fit option box 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 target paper. If the document size is larger than the target paper size, then the document image is clipped. If it is smaller, then it is centered within the target paper. The following illustration shows preview images for a document that is formatted for legal-size paper and where the Print Document On check box is selected and the target size is specified as Letter .

Figure 5: Scale to fit sample - Legal on Letter

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 Normal Size option

The % of Normal 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 driver or what the driver receives from the software program (if the software program does not negotiate the paper size with the driver). The driver scales the page by the appropriate factor and sends it to the printer.

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 page preview, 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 scroll bar indicator is dragged, and the preview image is updated to the new image scale. Each click on the scroll bar arrows increases or decreases the scale by 1%. Each click on the slider bar affects the scale by 10%.

The user cannot achieve an exact value by dragging the scroll bar indicator at the default Microsoft Windows resolution; use the scroll bar indicator to approximate the appropriate value, and then use the scroll bar arrows to refine the value.

The following settings disable % of Normal 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. The document preview image appears in the upper-right corner of most Printing Preferences driver tabs (the Paper/Quality , Finishing , Effects , and Color tabs).

Switching between tabs does not change the location or appearance of the document preview image. When the mouse moves over the document preview image, the mouse cursor changes from an arrow to a gloved hand. The user can toggle between portrait and landscape page orientation by clicking the document preview image.

Watermarks group box

Use the Watermarks feature to select a watermark, create your own custom watermarks (text only), or edit an existing watermark. The following watermarks are preset in the driver.

  • Current watermarks

  • Watermark message

  • Message angle

  • Font attributes

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 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 , and the Watermark Details dialog box appears.

Figure 6: Watermark Details

The 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 changes are made to a watermark, and a different watermark is select or New is clicked, all of the changes made to the previous watermark 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 predefined watermarks made available in the driver and any new watermarks created.

Click New to create a new watermark. 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.

Type the selected watermark text in the Watermark Message edit box to name the new watermark. Select the watermark in the Current Watermarks list and click Delete to delete a watermark. A warning appears asking whether to delete the selected item will appear. Click Cancel to keep the watermark or 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.

Select the watermark in the Current Watermarks list to edit an existing watermark. If the Watermark Message is changed, a new watermark, has in effect, been created.

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, the user might want several different watermarks with 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 controls in the Message Angle group box to print the watermark in different orientations in relation to the page's text. The settings are Diagonal , Horizontal , or Angle (custom) . The default is Diagonal . All three settings automatically center the watermark string within the page; the selection of a particular setting affects only the angle of the string placement. Diagonal places the text along a line that spans the lower-left to upper-right corners of the page. Horizontal places the text along a line that spans the mid-left and mid-right edges of the page. Angle places the text at the specified angle across the page.

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 drop-down menu, Color drop-down menu, Shading drop-down menu, Size spin box, and Style drop-down menu

Name drop-down menu

The Name drop-down menu lists fonts that are currently installed on the system. The default is language-dependent.

Color drop-down menu

The Color drop-down menu provides a fixed, unalterable set of color choices for the watermark. The following color choices are available for watermarks:

  • Gray (default)
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Cyan
  • Blue
  • Magenta
Shading drop-down menu

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. A choice of Light produces a lightly saturated gray watermark. A choice of Lightest produces the lightest shade of watermark; Darkest produces a black watermark.

Size spin box

Font sizes from 1 to 999 points are available from the Size menu. The default point size is language-dependent. The choice of Regular , Bold , Italic , and Bold Italic is available from the Style drop-down menu.

Style drop-down menu

The choice of Regular , Bold , Italic , and Bold Italic is available from the Style drop-down menu. The default Style setting for new and preset watermarks is Regular .

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Finishing tab features

Use the Finishing tab to print booklets and control the media output. The following illustration shows the Finishing tab.

Figure 7: Finishing tab

The Finishing tab contains the following controls:

  • Quick Sets

  • Document Options

  • Document preview image

  • Print Quality group box

Quick Sets

Use the Quick Sets control to store the current combination of driver settings that appear on all of the other Printing Preferences driver tabs. Quick Sets are either preset or user-defined printing specifications, such as paper size and pages per sheet. For more information, see Quick Sets in the Paper/Quality tab section of this document.

Document Options

The Document Options group box contains the following controls: Print on Both Sides (Manually) check box, Flip Pages Up, Booklet layout, Pages per Sheet, Print Page Borders, and Page Order

Print on Both Sides (Manually) check box

NOTE: The Print on Both Sides (Manually) check box is unavailable if the Allow Manual Duplexing option is disabled in the Configure tab.

The default setting for the Print on Both Sides (Manually) option is off (not selected). Selecting Print on Both Sides (Manually) makes the Flip Pages Up and Booklet Printing options available.

When a print job is sent to the printer with the Print on Both Sides (Manually) option selected, the even pages print, and then the following dialog box appears so that the manual duplex job can process.

Figure 8: Print on Both Sides Instructions

Instructions for manually printing on both sides

Follow these steps to manually print on both sides.

  1. Click File , Print , and then Properties .

  2. Click the Finishing tab, and then the Print on Both Sides (Manually) check box. Click OK to continue.

  3. When the even-numbered pages have printed, the Load Tray X - Press (v) message appears on the printer control panel and the Print on Both Sides Instructions dialog box appears on the computer screen so that the remaining pages can print.

    1. Without changing the orientation, remove the paper stack from the output bin. Do not discard blank sheets.

    2. Insert the paper stack into the same input tray that the even-numbered pages (first sides) were printed from, maintaining the same orientation (that is, with the same edge of the page feeding into the printer first).

    3. Press the SELECT button on the printer control panel to print the odd-numbered pages.

Flip Pages Up

The Flip Pages Up check box, enabled only when Print on Both Sides is selected, is used to specify the duplex-binding option. By default, the Flip Pages Up check box is not selected. The following table demonstrates the results of selecting this box, depending on the paper orientation selected on the Finishing tab.

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 notepad. 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 Printing drop-down menu is Off.

  • Left Edge Binding
  • Right Edge Binding

When selecting Left Edge Binding or Right Edge Binding , the document preview image changes 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 . If the user manually changes the Pages per Sheet setting to 4, 6, 9, or 16 pages per sheet, the booklet setting is disabled.

The Booklet Layout setting is disabled when A6 or B6 (JIS) is selected as the media size, and an incompatibility error message appears when you click OK to close the driver.

Book and booklet printing

The HP Color LaserJet 2600n printer supports book and booklet printing.

A book is a print job consisting of at least two pages that can have a different media type for the first page, other pages, or back cover. Use the First Page , Other Pages , and Back Cover settings on the Paper/Quality tab (available when you select the Use Different Paper check box) to select different media for these pages.

A booklet is a print job that places two pages on each side of a sheet that can be folded into a booklet that is half the size of the media type. Use the Booklet Layout drop-down menu on the Finishing tab to control booklet settings.

Printing a Booklet

Complete the following steps to print a booklet.

  1. Click File , Print , and then Properties .

  2. Click the Finishing tab and select the Print on Both Sides check box.

  3. Select the type of booklet printing (for example, Right Edge Binding ) in the Booklet Layout drop-down menu.

  4. Click OK in the print driver.

  5. Click OK in the Print dialog box to print.

Printing a book

You can print a book in which the first page, other pages, and back cover have different media types. For more information, see the Paper/Quality tab features section of this document.

Pages per Sheet

Use the Pages per Sheet option to select the number of pages that you want to print on a single sheet of media. If you choose to print more than one page per sheet, the pages appear smaller and are arranged on the sheet in the order that they would otherwise be printed. The Pages per Sheet drop-down menu provides six settings:

  • 1 page per sheet (this is the default)

  • 2 pages per sheet

  • 4 pages per sheet

  • 6 pages per sheet

  • 9 pages per sheet

  • 16 pages per sheet

NOTE: When you select an option other than 2 pages per sheet, booklet printing is 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 four selections:

  • Right, then Down

  • Down, then Right

  • Left, then Down

  • Down, then Left

The preview document image changes to reflect alterations in these settings, as shown by the examples in the following illustration.

Figure 9: 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. The document preview image appears in the upper-right corner of most Printing Preferences driver tabs (the Paper/Quality , Effects , Finishing , and Color tabs).

Switching between tabs does not change the location or appearance of the document preview image. When the mouse is moved over the document preview image, the mouse cursor changes from an arrow to a gloved hand. The user can toggle between portrait and landscape page orientation by clicking the document preview image.

Print Quality group box

The Print Quality group box provides options that control resolution and font settings. The group box includes the following options: Print Quality drop-down menu, and Print all Text as Black.

Print Quality drop-down menu

Use the Print Quality drop-down menu to select from the following resolution options:

  • Normal (ImageREt 2400). This setting produces 2400 dpi color output quality through HP Image Resolution Enhancement Technology (ImageREt) 2400. This setting is selected by default.

  • Draft (600 dpi). This setting produces 600x600 dpi 1-bit pixel text and graphics output quality. Use this option to reduce print file size.

Print all Text as Black

Print all Text as Black is off by default. When selected, the driver prints all text as black regardless of the original document text color. However, white text remains white, as a fail-safe method of printing reverse typeface against a dark background. This setting does not affect graphic images on the page. Print all Text as Black remains selected only for the current print job.

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Basics tab features

You can use the Basics tab to change the layout of printed pages and the number of copies for a print job. The following illustration shows the Basics tab.

Figure 10: Basics tab

The Basics tab contains the following controls:

  • Orientation group box

  • Copies group box

Orientation group box

The Orientation group box contains the following options: Portrait option button, Landscape option button, and the Rotate check box.

Portrait option button

Select this feature to print your document in Portrait orientation. This is the default setting.

Landscape option button

Select this feature to print your document in Landscape orientation.

Rotate check box

Select this feature to rotate the document image on the paper 180°. For example, if the return address on an envelope is smudged, use this setting to feed the envelope so that the return address area feeds first into the printer.

Copies group box

The Copies settings contain the following options:

  • Copy Count setting

  • Collate check box

  • About button

  • Page count

  • Service ID (Born-on date)

Copy Count setting

This 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. Copies specifies the number of copies to print.

The number of copies that you request appears in the Copies option. You can 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 for the HP Color LaserJet 2600n printer 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 Basic tab, invalid entries into 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 that you want from some software programs, conflicts can arise between the software program that you are using and the driver. In most cases, the software program and the driver communicate, so that the number of copies set in one location (such as the program) will appear in the other (such as the driver). For some programs, this communication does not happen, and the copies values are treated independently. For these programs, setting 10 copies in the program and then setting 10 copies in the driver will result in 100 copies (10 x 10) being printed. It is recommended that you set the number of copies in the program, wherever possible.

Collate check box

This option become available if the Copies setting is set to more than 1. Selecting this check box enables the printer to print copies of multiple-page documents together. Selecting this option might slow down the printing speed for multiple-page jobs.

About button

Click the About button to see the print driver version information, page count, and service ID.

A Software Update button is also available from this dialog box. When Software Update is clicked, the driver opens the Web browser and connects to the HP support Web site to update the HP Color LaserJet 2600n printing-system software.

Page count

The page count is initialized at zero during installation, and every page that the driver prints should update the count by one. When the driver is reinstalled, the customer can reset the page count to zero.

The page count is expressed as Page Count: NNNNNN, where N is a six-digit decimal representation of the number of pages that have been printed.

Service ID (Born-on date)

The service ID (born-on date) is the date on which the HP Color LaserJet 2600n print driver was installed. The number tells HP how long the customer has been using the printer. The customer can reset the date by reinstalling the driver.

The service ID is expressed as Service ID: YYDDD, where YY is a decimal representation of the current year minus 1990, and DDD is (calendar month minus 1) multiplied by 30 plus the calendar date (or 30 if the date is 31). The Service ID is stored in the registry.

How to calculate the Service ID from a calendar date
  1. YY = calendar year minus 1990

    Examples:

    1998 = 1998 minus 1990 = 08

    2001 = 2001 minus 1990 = 11

  2. DDD = (calendar month minus 1) times 30 plus calendar date (or 30 if the date is 31)

    Examples:

    October 10 = 9 times 30 plus 10 = 280

    December 31 = 11 times 30 plus 30 = 360

How to convert the Service ID into a calendar date
  1. Year = YY plus 1990

    Examples:

    YY = 08, then year = 08 plus 1990 = 1998

    YY = 11, then year = 11 plus 1990 = 2001

  2. Date = DDD divided by 30 (plus one if a remainder results) = the month. The remainder is the date. If the remainder is 0, then the date is 30.

    Examples:

    DDD = 280, then 280 divided by 30 = 9 with a remainder of 10

    Because this leaves a remainder, month = 9 plus 1 = 10.

    The Date = October 10

    DDD = 360, then 260 divided by 30 = 12 (no remainder)

    The Date = December 30

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Color tab features

Use the Color tab to specify predefined color-option settings or to fine-tune the color treatments and half-toning. Color output can also be converted to grayscale. The Color tab is shown in the following illustration.

Figure 11: Color tab

The Color tab contains the following controls:

  • Quick Sets

  • Color options

  • Automatic color settings

  • Manual color settings

  • Text, Graphics, and Photographs sections

  • General

  • Print in Grayscale

Quick Sets

The Quick Sets control is available on each Printing Preference tab, and is used to store the current combination of driver settings that appear on all of the other tabs. Quick Sets are either preset or user-defined printing specifications, such as paper size and pages per sheet. For more information, Quick Sets in the Paper/Quality tab section of this document.

Color options

Use the Color Options group box to adjust the independent color controls. The settings affect the color rendering and print quality in the print job. The Color Options group box contains the following controls:

  • Automatic option (default)

  • Manual option

  • Settings button (opens the Color Settings dialog box)

  • Print in Grayscale check box

Automatic option (default)

Use the Automatic option for default color settings that automatically fine-tune the color-printer output. The HP Automatic default color settings provide high-quality output for most color-printing needs.

Manual color settings

Select the Manual option and then click the Settings button to change the default color settings. The Manual Color Options dialog box appears.

Make the selections by using the drop-down menus in the Manual Color Options dialog box to change the settings, and then click OK . The following illustration shows the Manual Color Options dialog box.

Figure 12: Manual Color Options

The Color Settings dialog box gives you independent control of the following settings: Text, Graphics, Photographs, and General

Text, Graphics, and Photographs sections

Use these sections to control the Neutral Grays setting for each control.

Neutral Grays

The Neutral Grays drop-down menu controls the selection of a device-dependent color table that is embedded in the printer firmware. The options are Black Only or 4-Color . The Neutral Grays setting can be adjusted independently for Text , Graphics , or Photographs .

  • Black Only. This option generates neutral colors (grays and black) by using only black toner. This option guarantees that neutral colors do not have a color cast. Black Only is the default setting for the Text and Graphics components.
  • 4-Color. This option generates neutral colors by combining all four colors of toner, which produces smoother gradients and transitions to non-neutral colors. It also produces the darkest possible black. 4-Color is the default setting for Photographs .

General

Use the General setting group to control the Edge Control , Halftone , and RGB Color settings for all color printing.

Edge Control

Edge Control determines how edges are rendered. Edge Control consists of two components: Adaptive Halftoning and Trapping. Adaptive Halftoning increases the edge sharpness. Trapping reduces the effect of color plane misregistration by slightly overlapping the edges of adjacent objects.

The Edge Control option offers the following settings:

  • Off turns off Trapping and Adaptive Halftoning.

  • Normal provides the default trapping settings. Adaptive Halftoning is set to On .
  • Maximum provides the most trapping. Adaptive Halftoning is set to On .

Halftone

The Halftone setting controls the selection of a device-dependent halftone algorithm that is embedded in the printer firmware. The Halftone options, Smooth and Detail , affect the resolution and clarity of the color output.

  • Smooth . This option provides better results for large, solid-filled print areas. It also enhances photographs by smoothing out fine color gradations. Select this option for uniform and smooth area fills.
  • Detail . This option is useful for text and graphics that require sharp distinctions among lines or colors, or for images that contain a pattern or high level of detail. Select this option for sharp edges and detail.

The following table lists the lines per inch (lpi) for each resolution and halftone setting for the HP Color LaserJet 2600n printer.

Halftone Setting
Resolution (Finishing tab)
Normal (ImageREt 2400) 2-bits/pixel)
Resolution (Finishing tab)
Draft (600dpi) 1-bit/pixel¹
Smooth
Cyan
155 lines per inch (lpi)
146 lpi
Magenta
155 lpi
146 lpi
Yellow
212 lpi
200 lpi
Black
155 lpi
141 lpi
Detail
Cyan
190 lpi
146 lpi
Magenta
190 lpi
146 lpi
Yellow
200 lpi
200 lpi
Black
212 lpi
141 lpi
¹ This option reduces print file size.

RGB Color

The RGB Color settings affect the color treatment for object types and determines how colors are rendered. The options are Default (sRGB) , Vivid , Device , and Photo/Image .

  • Default (sRGB) . This option interprets RGB color space (sRGB), which is the accepted standard for many software companies and organizations such as Microsoft and the Worldwide Web Consortium. Default (sRGB) is the default setting for all components.

  • Vivid . This option sets the printer to increase the color saturation in the midtones. Less colorful objects are rendered more colorfully. This value is recommended for printing business graphics.
    NOTE: This setting uses the sRGB color table for the HP Color LaserJet 2550 product.
  • Device . This option sets the printer to print RGB data in raw device mode. Manage color in the current active software program or in the operating system to render photographs correctly when this option is selected.
  • Photo/Image . This option sets the printer to interpret the RGB color in the same way a digital mini-lab interprets RGB to print a photograph. The printer prints the deeper, more saturated colors differently in this mode than in Default (sRGB) mode. Use this setting for printing photos. For best results, use HP Glossy Laser paper with this setting.
NOTE: If the software program converts text and graphics to raster, the Photographs settings also control the Text and Graphics settings.

Print in Grayscale

Select Print in Grayscale to print a color document in black and white. This option is useful for previewing preliminary copies of slides and hardcopy output quickly or for color documents that will be photocopied or faxed.

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Printer Properties tab set

The printer Properties tab set contains information about and options for configuring the printer. To gain access to the printer Properties tabs, click Start on the Microsoft Windows task bar, click Settings , and then click Printers for Microsoft Windows 2000 or Printers and Faxes for Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Right-click the printer name , and then select Properties from the drop-down menu. The Configure tab is included in the HP print driver tab in the printer Properties tab set.
NOTE: Microsoft Windows also has tabs in the printer Properties tab set. For information about those tabs, see the documentation that came with the computer.

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Configure tab

The Configure tab contains controls for media-handling devices and controls for managing the HP Color LaserJet 2600n printer.

Figure 13: Configure tab

The Configure tab contains the following controls:

  • Printer Model

  • Paper Handling Options

  • Installable Options

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Printer Model

The Printer Model control identifies the printer model. Users cannot configure the Printer Model group box.

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Paper Handling Options

The Paper Handling Options group box contains the Allow Manual Duplexing check box. Select this check box to enable the Print on Both Sides (Manually) option on the Finishing tab.

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Installable Options

This control specifies whether an additional 250-sheet tray 3 is installed on the printer. The default setting is unselected . In order to use tray 3, the Tray 3 check box must be selected.

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Jam Recovery

Click On to reprint the affected page if a jam occurs. Selecting this option might decrease the overall performance of the printer. Click Off if the affected page should not be reprinted if a jam occurs. The printer prints more quickly when Jam Recovery is turned off. Jam Recovery is turned off by default.

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Courier Font Type

Click Regular to enable the printer to print any text using TrueType Courier or Courier New with a normal weight. Click Dark to enable the printer to print any text using TrueType Courier or Courier New with a dark weight without changing the font attributes in the software program.

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