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HP Color LaserJet 2605, 2605dn, 2605dtn - HP Traditional PCL 6 Driver features (for Windows 98 SE and Windows Me)

This section describes the options available on each tab of the HP Traditional PCL 6 Driver interface. The following information is included.

Access to print drivers

Several different ways are available to access the print drivers and print-driver interfaces.

Access to print drivers from software programs

To gain access to the print-driver settings from within most software programs, click File, click Print, and then click Properties. These driver settings apply only while that software program is open.

Access to print drivers in Windows 98 SE and Windows Me

In Windows 98 SE and Windows Me, you have access to just one set of driver tabs. To gain access to these tabs, click Start, click Settings, and then click Printers. Right-click the printer name, and then click Properties to gain access to all print-driver tabs. The settings that you make on these driver tabs control print-job output. The following print-driver tabs are available in Windows 98 SE and Windows Me:

  • Finishing

  • Effects

  • Paper

  • Basics

  • Color

  • Configure

Help system

The HP Traditional PCL 6 Driver for the HP Color LaserJet 2605 series printer includes a full-featured Help system to provide assistance with printing and configuration options. The following Help options are available.

  • What's this? Help

  • Context-sensitive Help

  • Constraint messages

  • Bubble Help

“What's this?” Help

"What's this?" Help is supported in Windows 98 SE and Windows Me. You can 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.

  • Press the F1 key, and the Help window for the currently selected field appears.

Context-sensitive Help

Press the Help button on a driver tab or in a dialog box, and context-sensitive Help appears.

Constraint messages

Constraint messages are unsolicited messages that appear in response to specific actions you take. These messages alert you to selections that are illogical or impossible given the capabilities of the printer or the current settings of other controls. For example, if you click Print on Both Sides and then change the paper type to Transparency, a message appears asking you to resolve this conflict.

1: A typical constraint message

Whenever a constraint message appears with OK or Cancel buttons, the interpretation of the buttons is as follows:

  • Clicking OK accepts the change that was just made, and the driver then resets the conflicting control to a setting that is compatible with the new value.

  • Clicking Cancel rejects the change that was just made, returning the control to its previous value.

Bubble Help

Bubble Help features a graphical icon resembling a cartoon speech bubble with a small I in it, representing the international symbol for information. The following figure shows Bubble Help icons on a driver tab.

2: A property page with a Bubble Help icon

The bubble typically appears next to a disabled control, although it can also accompany an enabled control if there is an important note concerning its use. Moving the cursor over the bubble changes the arrow to a gloved hand, which indicates that the area underneath the cursor is selectable. When the bubble is selected by using either the mouse or the keyboard, a message box appears with a brief explanation about why the control is disabled and what can be done to enable it. If the control is not disabled, the message is a tip or a precaution to be aware of when using that particular feature.

The following table lists Bubble Help messages and the conditions that cause them to appear.

Bubble Help messages
Condition/Cause
Effect
Message
Finishing tab:
The Pages per Sheet setting is greater than 1
Finishing tab: Booklet Printing is not available if Print on Both Sides check box is selected.
Effects tab: Print Document On is not available.
Effects tab: % of Normal Size is not available.
To use this feature, set Pages per Sheet to 1 (see Finishing tab).
Finishing tab:
The Booklet Printing setting is On.
Finishing tab: Pages per Sheet is not available.
Effects tab: Print Document On is not available.
Effects tab: % of Normal Size is not available.
To use this feature, set the Booklet Printing option to Off (see Finishing tab).
Effects tab:
The Print Document On check box is selected.
Effects tab: % of Normal Size is not available.
Finishing tab: Pages per Sheet is not available.
To use this feature, turn off the Print Document On option (see Effects tab).
Effects tab:
The % of Normal Size setting is any value except 100%.
Effects tab: Print Document On is not available.
Finishing tab: Booklet Printing is not available.
Finishing tab: Pages per Sheet is not available.
To use this feature, set % of Normal Size to 100 (see Effects tab ).
Paper tab:
The Type Is setting is Transparency, Labels, or Envelope.
Finishing tab:
The Bubble Help points to the Print on Both Sides check box.
This feature is not available with the currently selected paper type (see Paper tab).
Paper tab:
The Size Is setting is anything except Letter, Legal, or A4.
Finishing tab:
If Print on Both Sides (Manually) is selected, the Bubble Help points to the Booklet Printing drop-down menu, which is not available.
To use this feature, set the paper size to Letter, Legal, or A4 (see Paper tab).
Paper tab:
The Source Is tray selected for Other Pages is the same as the one selected for First Page.
Paper tab:
The Bubble Help points to Type Is drop-down menu.
In order to use this feature, select a source tray different from the tray that you selected for the first page.
Effects tab:
Watermarks exceed 30.
Effects tab:
The Bubble Help points to Watermarks.
You cannot add a new watermark because the list is full. You can edit existing watermarks, or you can delete one or more to make more room.
Finishing tab:
The Booklet Printing option is not set to Off.
Paper tab, Back Cover option:
The Bubble Help points to the No back Cover option button.
To use this feature, set the Booklet Printing option to Off (see Finishing tab).

Finishing tab features

To gain access to the Finishing tab in Windows 98 SE and Windows Me, click Start, Settings, and then Printers. Right-click the printer name, and then click Properties.

Use the Finishing tab to print booklets and control the media output.

3: Finishing tab - HP Traditional PCL 6 Driver

The Finishing tab contains the following options.

  • Print Task Quick Sets

  • Document Options

  • Document preview image

  • Print Quality

Print Task Quick Sets

This group box appears on each of the print driver tabs. Print Task Quick Sets are either preset or user-defined printing specifications (such as paper size, pages per sheet, and so on).

Default Print settings

The default setting is Default Print Settings. Other settings are User Guide Print Settings and Type new Quick Set name here (this option is available after you change one of the drop-down menu items on the Finishing tab. When Defaults is selected, nearly all settings are restored to the combination that existed after the driver was installed. However, if the attribute combinations that are associated with watermark definitions, custom paper sizes, or the User Guide Print Settings quick set have been changed or deleted, the original settings are not restored.

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

User Guide Print Settings

This setting provides a quick set for optimal printing of the HP Color LaserJet 2605 series User Guide.

Custom Print Task Quick Sets

When you change any of the default settings on the Finishing tab or any of the other tabs, the name in the Print Task Quick Set drop-down menu dynamically changes to Type new Quick Set name here. If you want to save this configuration as a quick set, highlight the word Type new Quick Set name here, type the name you want for your new quick set, and then click Save. Print Task Quick Sets are saved in the system registry.

To delete a quick set, select it from the drop-down menu and click Delete.

You can store a maximum of ten user-defined Print Task Quick Sets on a particular system. If you attempt to save too many, a message box appears: There are too many Print Task Quick Sets defined. Please delete some before adding new ones.

Do not save more than 10 Print Task Quick Sets. The print driver, when closed and re-opened, might not retain any of the new Print Task Quick Sets that you saved.

Document Options

Use the Document Options group box to select options for printing on both sides and for changing the number of pages that are printed on each sheet.

4: Document Options group box

The Document Options group box contains the following controls.

Only the HP Color LaserJet 2605dn and HP Color LaserJet 2605dtn printers support automatic duplex printing. All HP Color LaserJet 2605 series printers support manual duplex printing.
  • Print on Both Sides (automatic duplex printing) or Print on Both Sides (Manually)

  • Flip Pages Up

  • Booklet Printing

  • Pages per Sheet

  • Print Page Borders

  • Page Order

Print on Both Sides (Manually)

This option depends on the settings selected in the Configure tab Paper Handling Options group box. This setting is available only when the Duplex Unit (automatic duplex printing only) or Allow Manual Duplexing check box on the Configure tab is selected. The Duplex Unit check box is selected by default.

The default setting for the Print on Both Sides or Print on Both Sides (Manually)option is not selected.

Duplex printing (automatic or manual printing) is not available when Type is is set to any of the following:

  • Envelope

  • Transparency

  • Labels

  • Cardstock 106-177 g/m²

  • Heavy Glossy 121-163 g/m²

  • Tough Paper

  • HP Premium Cover 200 g/m²

  • HP Color Laser Photo Paper, Glossy

  • Heavy Envelope

Clicking Print on Both Sides or Print on Both Sides (Manually) makes the Flip Pages Up and Booklet Printing options available. In the default setting, neither of these options is selected.

To manually print on both sides

To both sides of the media, you have to return to the printer and reinsert the media manually after the first side has printed.

Follow these steps to print on both sides manually:

  1. Insert enough media into one of the trays to accommodate the print job. If you are loading special paper such as letterhead, load it in one of these ways.

    • For the priority feed slot (tray 1), load the letterhead paper with the front side down, and the bottom edge leading into the printer first.

    • For tray 2 or optional tray 3, load the letterhead paper with the front side up, and the top edge toward the back of the tray.

  2. In the print driver, select the Print on Both Sides (Manually) option and send the job to print.

    If this option is not selectable, make sure that the Allow Manual Duplexing check box is selected on the Configure tab.

  3. After the job finishes printing, remove any blank paper as prompted by the control panel. Lift the printed stack from the output bin and insert the printed stack without rotating or turning the stack over into the printer tray that was used for the first part of the job.

  4. Press to continue printing on the second side.

To automatically print on both sides (HP Color LaserJet 2605dn and HP Color LaserJet 2605dtn printers)

Perform the following steps to print on both sides (automatically). Make sure that the media is supported for duplex printing. (See ).

  1. Make sure that the printer driver is configured for 2-sided printing.

  2. Select the appropriate 2-sided printing options in the printer driver software, including page and binding orientation.

    When using 2-sided printing, load pre-printed forms and letterhead into tray 1 face up with the bottom edge of the page feeding first. Load pre-printed forms and letterhead into tray 2 or optional tray 3 face-down with the top edge at the back of the tray.

    Loading pre-printed forms and letterhead is different than loading for 1-sided printing.

Flip Pages Up

The Flip Pages Up check box, enabled only when Print on Both Sides (Manually) is selected, is used to specify the duplex-binding option. The following table shows the results of selecting this box, depending upon the paper orientation selected on the Basics tab.

Page orientation
Orientation (Basics 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 or Print on Both Sides (Manually) is selected, the document preview image changes to show a spiral binding along either the left 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 will occur 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.

Booklet Printing

The Booklet Printing drop-down menu is available when Print on Both Sides is selected and a supported media size is selected in the Size is: drop-down menu on the Paper tab. The Booklet Printing drop-down menu offers choices that are based on the current media size. The default setting is Off. The other settings have the following format, where [paper size] depends on the media size that is set on the Paper tab.

  • [paper size] (Left Binding)

  • [paper size] (Right Binding)

When you select [paper size] (Left Binding) or [paper size] (Right Binding), the document preview image changes to show the location of the binding. If you change the Pages per Sheet setting manually to 4, 6, 9, or 16 pages per sheet, the booklet setting is disabled. See the Pages per Sheet section of this document for more information.

The Booklet Printing drop-down menu is available only when the following conditions exist:

  • Print on Both Sides (Manually) (on the Finishing tab) is selected.

  • % of Normal Size (on the Effects tab) is 100.

  • Pages per Sheet (on the Finishing tab) is 1.

  • Size is (on the Paper tab) is set to Letter, Legal, or A4.

If any of these conditions is not met (except the first), a Bubble Help appears next to Booklet Printing to tell you why it is disabled.

Book and booklet printing

The HP Color LaserJet 2605 series printer supports both book and booklet printing.

A book is a print job that consists of at least two pages, and that can have a different media type for the front cover, first page, other pages, last page, or back cover. Use the Front Cover, First Page, Other Pages, Last Page, or Back Cover settings on the Paper tab (available when you select the Use Different Paper/Covers check box) to select different printing options for the book. For more information, see Paper tab features.

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 Printing drop-down menu on the Finishing tab to control booklet settings.

To print a booklet

Complete the following steps to print a booklet in most software programs.

  1. In the software program, click File, Print, and then Properties.

  2. Click the Finishing tab.

  3. Select the Print on Both Sides check box.

  4. In the Booklet Printing drop-down menu, select the type of booklet printing that you want. The booklet printing type consists of the media size and the location of the binding (for example, Letter [Left binding]).

  5. Click OK in the print driver.

  6. Click OK in the print dialog box to print.

Pages per Sheet

The Pages per Sheet drop-down menu provides six settings: 1 (default), 2, 4, 6, 9, and 16. If you type another value into the box (for example, 3), the control will round the value to the nearest valid value (in this example, 4).

Print Page Borders sets a line around each page image on a printed sheet to help visually define the borders of each logical page.

The Page Order drop-down menu contains four selections:

  • Right, then Down

  • Down, then Right

  • Left, then Down

  • Down, then Left

The document preview image changes to reflect alterations in these settings.

5: Page-order preview images

Document preview image

The preview image is a line-drawn color image of a page that represents graphics and text. The 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 all properties tabs except for the Configure tab.

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

The light-yellow dimensions label that appears below the preview image indicates the selected page size. The horizontal dimension is always first, so the order of the numbers reverses when the orientation changes. Click on the label to toggle between English and metric units.

When changes are made to certain settings (for example, Print on Both Sides) on the Finishing tab, the document preview image changes to reflect the selected option.

Print Quality

The Print Quality group box provides options that control resolution, graphics settings, and font settings. The group box includes the following options:

  • ImageREt 2400(W)

  • Custom

The Print Quality group box also includes a Details button. Clicking this button opens the Print Quality Details dialog box, which provides options for various print-quality settings.

The following figure shows default Print Quality Details settings for the HP Traditional PCL 6 Driver.

6: Print Quality Details dialog box - HP Traditional PCL 6 Driver

Current Setting

For the HP Color LaserJet 2605 series printer, the Current Setting group box contains one of the following options, depending on the selection of the Print Quality group box on the Finishing tab (ImageREt 2400(W) or Custom):

  • This is the “Default” setting

  • This is a “Custom” setting

Graphics Settings group box

The Raster Compression settings on the Graphics Settings group box support adaptive compression modes for Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) data. The following settings are available:

  • Automatic (default). When this setting is used, the print driver determines and applies the best compression method.

  • Best Quality. This setting forces the driver to use a compression method that results in no loss of data.

  • Maximum Compression. Where applicable, this setting requires the print driver to use JPEG compression. Selecting this option increases the print speed performance, but does decrease the image quality.

Output Settings group box

The Output Settings group box contains the following options:

  • Scale Patterns (WYSIWYG). This feature is implemented to address the moiré effect created when certain software programs encounter certain patterns. Use this feature to turn off the pattern scaling. What you lose is WYSIWYG with patterns, but the printed result might look better. The feature works only with programs that use vector hatch patterns. This option is on by default.

  • Print all Text as Black. The Print all Text as Black check box is not selected, by default. When selected, this option causes the driver to print all text as black regardless of the original document text color. By design, 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. The Print all Text as Black check box remains selected only for the current print job.

Font Settings group box

In the Font Settings group box, the only available option is Send TrueType as Bitmaps, which provides a safety net for software programs that cannot easily use TrueType fonts for special graphic purposes, such as shading, rotation, or slanting.

Effects tab features

To gain access to the Effects tab in Windows 98 SE and Windows Me, click Start, Settings, and then Printers. Right-click the printer name, and then click Properties.

Use the Effects tab to create unique paper effects such as scaling and watermarks.

7: Effects tab - HP Traditional PCL 6 Driver

The Effects tab contains the following options:

  • Print Task Quick Sets

  • Fit To Page

  • Document preview image

  • Watermarks

Print Task Quick Sets

Use Print Task Quick Sets to store the current combination of driver settings. Print Task Quick Sets are either preset by network-administrator settings or user-defined printing specifications (such as media size, pages per sheet, and so on). For more information, see Print Task Quick Sets in the Finishing tab section of this chapter.

Fit To Page

The Fit to Page group box includes features that scale the image on the page, either by specifying a numeric percentage or by specifying a scale change to a different paper size. The Fit to Page setting handles scale transformations.

Print Document On

Use Print Document On to format the document for one paper size and then print the document on a different paper size with or without scaling the page image to fit the new paper size.

The Print Document On control is disabled by either of the following conditions:

  • Percent of Normal Size is not 100.

  • Pages per Sheet (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. If the currently selected media source is manual, auto, or any tray, the list contains all standard media sizes that the selected media source supports. The list also contains any custom sizes that you have created. When Print Document On is selected, Scale to Fit is automatically selected.

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 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 figure shows preview images for a document that is formatted for Legal paper, in which the Print Document On check box is selected and the target size specified as Letter.

8: Preview images - Legal on Letter; Scale to Fit off (left) and on (right)

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

The % of Normal Size setting provides a slider bar for scaling the percentage setting. The default setting in the entry box is 100, or 100% of normal size. Normal size is defined as the paper size selected within the driver or what the driver receives from the software program (if the 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, or 25% to 400% of normal size, 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 slider bar indicator is dragged, and the preview image is updated to the new image scale. Each click on the slider bar arrows increases or decreases the scale by 1%. Each click on the slider bar affects the scale by 10%.

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

The following settings disable % of Normal Size:

  • Print Document On is selected

  • Pages per Sheet is not 1

  • Booklet Printing is ON

Document preview image

The document preview image is a line-drawn color image of a page that represents graphics and text. The image is always oriented so that the contents of the page are right-side up. The preview image appears in the upper-right corner of all Properties tabs except for the Configure tab. For more information, see the Finishing tab features section of this chapter.

Watermarks

Use the Watermarks feature to select a watermark, create your own custom watermarks (text only), or edit an existing watermark.

The Watermarks group box contains the following controls:

  • Watermarks drop-down menu

  • First Page Only check box

  • Edit button (opens the Watermark Details dialog box)

Watermarks drop-down menu

The following watermarks are preset in the driver:

  • (None)

  • Confidential

  • Draft

  • SAMPLE

The drop-down menu shows the 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 document preview image.

First Page Only

When First Page Only is selected, the watermark is printed only on the first page of the document. The First Page Only check box is not available 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).

Watermark Details dialog box

Click Edit on the Effects tab to view the Watermark Details dialog box.

9: Watermark Details dialog box

The dialog box shows a document preview image and provides options for creating a new watermark and controlling the message angle and the font attributes.

The Watermark Details dialog box contains the following controls:

  • Current Watermarks

  • Watermark Message

  • Message Angle

  • Document preview image

  • Font Attributes

Current Watermarks

The Current Watermarks group box contains a list of available watermarks, both predefined watermarks that are available in the driver and any new watermarks that you have 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.

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.

You can have no more that 30 watermarks in the Current Watermarks list at one time. When you reach the limit of 30 watermarks, the New button is disabled, and a Bubble Help message appears that explains why the button is disabled and how to make it available.

To edit an existing watermark, select the watermark in the Current Watermarks list. If you change the Watermark Message for that watermark, you are, in effect, creating 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 with the message DRAFT, each in a different font or 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.

Message Angle

Use the controls in the Message Angle group box to print the watermark in a diagonal, horizontal, or angle (custom) orientation to the text on the page. 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.

Document preview image

The document preview image is a line-drawn image of a page that represents graphics and text. The document preview image appears in the upper-right corner of the Watermark Details dialog box and changes to reflect the modifications that you make in the Watermark Details dialog box.

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 TrueType fonts that are currently installed on the system. The default is language-dependent.

  • Color

    The color selection combo box provides a fixed, unalterable set of color choices, in palette/color name-pair form, for the watermark. The triplet values for these colors are shown in the following table.

    Setting
    Grey
    Red
    Yellow
    Green
    Cyan
    Blue
    Magenta
    Lightest
    255
    255
    255
    232
    232
    232
    255
    255
    232
    255
    255
    255
    232
    232
    255
    232
    232
    255
    255
    255
    Very Light
    224
    255
    255
    224
    224
    224
    255
    224
    224
    255
    255
    255
    224
    224
    224
    224
    224
    224
    255
    255
    255
    Light
    192
    255
    255
    192
    192
    192
    255
    192
    192
    255
    255
    255
    192
    192
    192
    192
    192
    192
    255
    255
    255
    Med Light
    160
    255
    255
    160
    160
    160
    255
    160
    160
    255
    255
    255
    160
    160
    160
    160
    160
    160
    255
    255
    255
    Medium
    128
    255
    255
    128
    128
    128
    255
    128
    128
    255
    255
    255
    128
    128
    128
    128
    128
    128
    255
    255
    255
    Med Dark
    96
    255
    255
    96
    96
    96
    255
    96
    96
    255
    255
    255
    96
    96
    96
    96
    96
    96
    255
    255
    255
    Dark
    64
    255
    255
    64
    64
    64
    255
    64
    64
    255
    255
    255
    64
    64
    64
    64
    64
    64
    255
    255
    255
    Very Dark
    32
    255
    255
    32
    32
    32
    255
    32
    32
    255
    255
    255
    32
    32
    32
    32
    32
    32
    255
    255
    255
    Darkest
    0
    255
    255
    0
    0
    0
    255
    0
    0
    255
    255
    255
    0
    0
    0
    0
    0
    0
    255
    255
    255
  • 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

  • Size

    Font sizes from 1 to 999 points are available from the Size menu. The default point size is language-dependent. The default point size for preset watermarks is language-dependent.

  • Style

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

Default settings

The default settings for new watermarks are Arial font, Gray color, Very Light shading, 80 points, and Regular style. The default settings for preset watermarks are Arial font, Very Light shading, and Bold style. The default font name and point size for preset watermarks are language-dependent, and vary.

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 made to the previous watermark are saved, and only the current, unsaved changes can be canceled.

Paper tab features

To gain access to the Paper tab in Windows 98 or Windows Me, click Start, Settings, and then Printers. Right-click the printer name, and then click Properties.

Use the Paper tab to specify the size, type, and source of the media. You can also use this tab to indicate different paper-selection choices for the front cover, first page, other pages, last page, and back cover of the document.

10: Paper tab - HP Traditional PCL 6 Driver

The Paper tab contains the following controls:

  • Print Task Quick Sets group box

  • Paper Options group box

  • Document preview image

  • Printer image

Print Task Quick Sets

The Print Task Quick Sets control is used to store the current combination of driver settings that appear on all of the other Document Defaults driver tabs. Print task quick sets are either preset (by the administrator) or user-defined printing specifications, such as media size and pages per sheet. For more information, see Print Task Quick Sets.

Paper Options

The settings that are specified in the Paper Options group box on the Paper tab apply to all of the pages of the document. The following figure shows the Paper Options group box and the selections that are available by default.

11: Paper Options group box (default)

The appearance of the Paper Options group box changes when the Use Different Paper/Covers check box is selected. The following settings are available in the Paper Options group box:

  • Size is: setting

  • Source Is: setting

  • Type is: drop-down menu

  • Custom

  • Use Different Paper/Covers

Size is: setting

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

When you move the cursor over the dimensions label, the cursor changes from an arrow to a gloved hand. Click the dimensions label to toggle between English and metric units.

You can specify size for all of the settings in the Paper Options group box. When you set the media size in the driver, the entire print-job output uses that media size. That is, if the print job uses Letter-size media, any option that you select from the available Use Different Paper/Covers options must also use Letter-size media.

Because driver settings are overridden by media-size settings in most software programs, it is generally best to use the driver to set media size only for software programs that lack a media-size setting, such as NotePad, or when you are producing a book or a booklet that does not require different media sizes.

Certain software programs can override the size command and specify different media sizes within a single document.

When the Use Different Paper/Covers check box is selected and different options are configured, the Size is:, Source is:, and Type is: menus change, offering a variety of options. For more information, see Use Different Paper/Covers.

Source Is: setting

The Source is: setting specifies the source tray to use for printing a document. The list of source trays depends on the printer accessories. Any optional source trays that are installed through the Configure tab also appear here.

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

  • Manual Feed in Tray 1

  • Tray 1 (125-sheet multipurpose tray)

  • Tray 2 (250-sheet tray)

  • Tray 3 (optional 250-sheet tray)

The default setting is Automatically Select. When this setting is selected, the HP Color LaserJet 2605 printer uses the source tray that supports the media size that you have selected. If you select a source tray other than Automatically select, 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 of the media types that the HP Color LaserJet 2605 series printer supports.

No mechanism exists for manually adding custom media types through the driver. Custom types can be added only by using the bidirectional communication mechanism, so they must already exist in the printer when the bidirectional query occurs. If bidirectional communication is enabled, then the information returned is an updated list of media types. If bidirectional communication is not enabled, then the driver looks for custom media types saved from a previous bidirectional communication query, and uses those. Otherwise, no custom media types are available through the driver.

The following standard paper types appear in the lists.

Standard paper types and engine speeds
Paper type
Engine speed
Unspecified
Full
Plain
Full
Preprinted
Full
Letterhead
Full
Transparency
Half speed (5 ppm)
Prepunched
Full
Labels
Half speed (5 ppm)
Bond
Half speed (5 ppm)
Recycled
Full
Color
Full
Light (< 70 g/m2)
Full
Heavy (90 to 105 g/m2)
Half speed (5 ppm)
Cardstock (106 to 177 g/m2)
Half speed (5 ppm)
Light Glossy (75 to 105 g/m2)
Half speed (5 ppm)
Glossy (106 to 120 g/m2)
Half speed (5 ppm)
Heavy Glossy (121 to 163 g/m2)
Half speed (5 ppm)
Tough Paper
Half speed (5 ppm)
Envelope
Full
Heavy Envelope
Half speed (5 ppm)
HP Premium Cover 200 g/m2
Half speed (5 ppm)
HP Color Laser Photo Paper, Glossy
Half speed (5 ppm)

The default setting is Unspecified, and the program selects the media type. If you select a different setting, make sure that the correct media type is loaded in the tray that you selected in the Source is: setting.

Use Different Paper/Covers

You can print books that are comprised of different media types using the Use Different Paper/Covers options.

When you select the Use Different Paper/Covers check box, the following settings can appear in the group box, along with associated options:

  • Front Cover

  • First Page

  • Other Pages

  • Last Page

  • Back Cover

You must use the same size of media for the entire print job. All Use Different Paper/Covers options use the size that you selected in the First Page settings and the Size is: driver setting becomes unavailable for all of the other Use Different Paper/Covers options.

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

Each option for the Use Different Paper/Covers setting is described in the following sections.

First Page

Use the First Page option to select an alternative media size, type, or source for the first page of a document. The following figure shows the appearance of the Paper Options group box when you select the Use Different Paper/Covers check box. The First Page setting is selected by default.

12: First Page options

The following are the First Page options:

  • Size is: drop-down menu . The Size is: driver setting for the first page applies to the entire print job. When this is set, the setting becomes unavailable for all the other Use Different Paper/Covers options.

  • Source is: drop-down menu. The Source is: setting specifies the source tray to use for printing a document. The list of source trays depends on the printer accessories. Any optional media trays that are installed through the Configure tab also appear here. For more information about the Source is: setting, see the Source Is: setting section of this chapter.

  • Type is: drop-down menu. The Type is: drop-down menu shows all of the media types that the printer supports. For more information about the Type is: drop-down menu settings, see the description for Type is: in the Type is: drop-down menu section of this chapter.

Front Cover

Use the Front Cover options to include a blank or preprinted front cover on a document, or to include a front cover from a source tray that is different from the one that is used for the remainder of the document.

The following figure shows the Front Cover setting and options.

13: Front Cover options

The following are the Front Cover options:

  • Add a Blank or Preprinted Cover check box. When you select Front Cover, you must also select the Add a Blank or Preprinted Cover check box to enable the setting. When you select this check box, the Source is: and Type is: drop-down menus become available and a check mark appears next to the Front Cover option.

  • Source is: drop-down menu. The Source is: setting specifies the source tray to use for adding a front cover to the document. The list of source trays depends on the printer accessories. Any optional media trays that are installed through the Configure tab also appear here. For more information about the Source is: setting, see the Source Is: setting section of this chapter.

  • Type is: drop-down menu. The Type is: drop-down menu shows all of the media types that the printer supports. For more information about the Type is: drop-down menu settings, see the Type is: drop-down menusection of this chapter.

Other Pages

Use the Other Pages options to select an alternative media source (or the same source as First Page) for the other pages of the document.

The Other Pages setting and options are shown in the following figure.

14: Other Pages options

The following are the Other Pages options:

  • Source is: drop-down menu. The Source is: setting specifies the source tray to use for printing the other pages of the document. The list of source trays depends on the printer accessories. Any optional media trays that are installed through the Configure tab also appear here. For more information about the Source is: setting, see the Source Is: setting section of this chapter.

  • Type is: drop-down menu. The Type is: drop-down menu shows all of the media types that the printer supports. For more information about the Type is: drop-down menu settings, see the Type is: drop-down menu section of this chapter.

Last Page

Use the Last Page options to select an alternative media type or source for the last page of the document. The Last Page setting and options are shown in the following figure.

15: Last Page options

The following are the Last Page options:

  • Source is: drop-down menu. The Source is: setting specifies the source tray to use for printing the last page of the document. The list of source trays depends on the printer accessories. Any optional media trays that are installed through the Configure tab also appear here. For more information about the Source is: setting, see the Source Is: setting section of this chapter.

  • Type is: drop-down menu. The Type is: drop-down menu shows all of the media types that the printer supports. For more information about the Type is: drop-down menu settings, see the Type is: drop-down menu section of this chapter.

Back Cover

Use the Back Cover options to include a blank or preprinted back cover on a document.

The following figure shows the Back Cover setting and options.

16: Back Cover setting

The following are the Back Cover options:

  • Add a Blank or Preprinted Cover check box. When you select Back Cover, you must also select the Add a Blank or Preprinted Cover check box to enable the setting. When you select this check box, the Source is: and Type is: drop-down menus become available and a check mark appears next to the Back Cover option.

    The Back Cover options are not available when the Booklet Printing Layout setting is enabled on the Finishing tab. The back cover setting is unavailable, because this page would otherwise be printed in the middle of a booklet.
  • Source is: drop-down menu. The Source is: setting specifies the source tray to use for adding a back cover to the document. The list of source trays depends on the printer accessories. Any optional media trays that are installed through the Configure tab also appear here. For more information about the Source is: setting, see the Source Is: setting section of this chapter.

  • Type is: drop-down menu. The Type is: drop-down menu shows all of the media types that the printer supports. For more information about the Type is: drop-down menu settings, see the Type is: in the Type is: drop-down menu section of this chapter.

Custom

The Custom Paper Size dialog box appears when you click the Custom button on the Paper tab. The following figure shows the initial appearance of the Custom Paper Size dialog box.

The Custom button is not available when Use Different Paper/Covers is selected and any setting other than First Page is also selected.

17: Custom Paper Size dialog box

When the Custom Paper Size dialog box appears, the drop-down menu in the Name group contains one of two things, depending on the current paper-size selection on the Paper tab:

  • If the paper-size selection is a previously defined custom size, then the drop-down menu contains the name of that custom size.

  • If the paper-size selection is a standard media size, then the drop-down menu shows the default name Untitled for a custom media size.

In Windows 98 SE and Windows Me, two names for the same size media can coexist. For example, "big" and "BIG" can both be used as names for custom-size media measuring 213.4 mm by 279.4 mm (8.4 inches by 11 inches). In Windows 2000 and Windows XP, both uppercase and lowercase names can be used, but they cannot be used to name the same media size.

The new name is compared only against the list of user-defined custom media-size names, and not against the standard media-size names.

The complete set of titles for this button and the specific characteristics that determine its title and capabilities are discussed in the Save, Delete, or Rename section.

Name

The Name drop-down menu shows the name of the custom media size that was selected most recently. Use the Name drop-down menu to select from the list of currently defined custom media sizes, or to type a new name for a custom media size.

The name that appears in the Name drop-down menu is one of three things, depending on the following conditions:

  • If a saved custom media size has been selected from the drop-down menu and the other controls in the dialog box have not been changed since, then the Name drop-down menu shows the name of the last selected custom media size.

  • If the width or height controls have been changed since a custom size was selected or saved, or if a saved media size has just been deleted, then the Name drop-down menu shows the default name of "Untitled."

  • If a new name has been typed into the Name drop-down menu for the purpose of saving a new size or renaming an existing size, then that new name will remain in the drop-down menu until a saved custom media size has been selected from the drop-down menu.

If you type a new name into the Name drop-down menu, but then do not click the Save button, you should be able to change the width and height values without losing the name. However, if a saved media-size name is selected from the drop-down menu, any unsaved name or size values are lost without warning, and replaced by the values of the selected custom media size.

Save, Delete, or Rename

The dynamic command button located under the Name drop-down menu has three possible labels: Save, Delete, and Rename.

  • Save is the button title whenever the height and width values have been changed since the most recent save action or since the selection of an existing custom media size. Clicking the button causes the name in the Name drop-down menu to be compared against each of the saved names. If a duplicate is found, a dialog box appears, asking if it is okay to replace the existing item. If you click Yes, the old item is updated with the new values. If you click No, the driver returns to the Custom Paper Size dialog box, where you can type a different name. The new name is compared only against the list of user-defined custom media names, and not against the standard media-size names. Whenever the command button has the Save title, it is the default button.

  • Delete is the button title whenever the name of an existing (previously saved) custom media size appears in the Name drop-down menu, such as immediately after selecting an item from the drop-down menu or clicking the Save button. Clicking the Delete button causes the saved custom media size to be deleted, after which the Name drop-down menu changes to Untitled, the height and width controls are unchanged, and the button title changes to Save.

  • Rename is the button title when you type something into the Name drop-down menu after selecting an existing custom media size from the drop-down menu. If no duplicate is found, then the name of the stored custom media size changes to match the contents of the Name drop-down menu.

The following table illustrates the relationships between the Name drop-down menu, the command button, and the actions that take users from one state to another.

Name drop-down menu text strings
State
Drop-down menu contents
Button label
Action
Next state
1
Untitled
Save
Click Save.
3
Type something into the Name drop-down menu.
2
Change the width or height values.
1
Select a saved item from the drop-down menu.
3
2
<user-typed text>
Save
Click Save.
3
Type something into the Name drop-down menu.
2
Change the width or height values.
2
Select a saved item from the drop-down menu.
3
3
<name of saved item>
Delete
Click Delete.
1
Type something into the Name drop-down menu.
4
Change the width or height values.
1
Select a saved item from the drop-down menu.
3
4
<user-typed text>
Rename
Click Rename (when the name is unique).
3
Click Rename (when the name is a duplicate).
4
Type something into the Name drop-down menu.
4
Change the width or height values.
2
Select a saved item from the drop-down menu.
3

Custom size (width and height controls)

The width and height values can be changed either by typing numeric strings into the edit boxes, or by using the up and down arrows.

Any entry that is greater than the maximum limits of the width and height control 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. See Custom width and height control limits.

If units are in millimeters, the custom media-size range minimum is the limit rounded up to the nearest whole millimeter. The custom media-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 one millimeter or one-tenth of an inch, depending on the current measurement units. Clicking the up and down arrows increases or decreases the current value by the increment amount (within the allowed range of values). The computer settings determine the rate at which the values change.

Unit indicator labels change dynamically to indicate inches or millimeters, depending on the measurement units the driver is currently using. To change measurement units, click the dynamic measurement-units button (either Use Inches or Use Metric).

The paper and envelope icons visually define width and height.

Custom width and height control limits

The minimum media size for the HP Color LaserJet 2605 series printer is 76.2 x 127 mm (3 x 5 inches) and the maximum is 215.9 x 355.6 mm (8.5 x 14 inches). The following table summarizes media size limits for each media-handling device.

Custom media sizes
Tray
Dimensions
Minimum
Maximum
Tray 1 (single sheet priority input slot)
Width
76 mm (3 inches)
216 mm (8.5 inches)
Height
127 mm (5 inches)
356 mm (14 inches)
Tray 2 (250-sheet)
Width
76 mm (3 inches)
216 mm (8.5 inches)
Height
127 mm (5 inches)
356 mm (14 inches)
Tray 3 (250-sheet optional tray)
Width
76 mm (3 inches)
216 mm (8.5 inches)
Height
127 mm (5 inches)
356 mm (14 inches)

Paper and envelope icons

The paper and envelope icons visually define width and height.

Dynamic measurement units

Use the dynamic measurement-units button to toggle the unit of measurement between standard (inches) and metric (millimeters) units of measurement. The label on this button is dynamic, depending on the measurement units that are in use. If the custom size currently shows the measurements in inches, the button is labeled Use Millimeters. If the custom size currently shows the measurements in millimeters, the button is labeled Use Inches. Click the button to switch measurement-unit types.

Close

The Close button closes the Custom Paper Size dialog box according to the logic in the following table. In all cases, any custom media sizes that are successfully saved (and not renamed or deleted) while the dialog box is open will remain in the Size is: drop-down menu on the Paper tab. The following table lists options that appear when you click the Close button.

Close dialog box text strings
If the drop-down menu contains
And the button says
Then this happens when the Close button is clicked
Untitled
Save
The dialog box closes, but you lose the changes that were not saved.
The current media size remains the same as it was when the Custom button was clicked.
<user-typed text>
Save
The dialog box closes, but you lose the changes that were not saved.
The current media size remains the same as it was when the Custom button was clicked.
<name of saved item>
Delete
The dialog box closes, and the current media size is set to the size that was last shown in the drop-down menu.
<user-typed text>
Rename
The dialog box closes, but you lose the changes that were not saved.
The current media size remains the same as it was when the Custom button was clicked.

Document preview image

The document preview image is a line-drawn color image of a page that represents graphics and text. The image is always oriented so that the contents of the page are right-side-up. The preview image appears in the upper-right corner of all Properties tabs except for the Configure tab. For more information, see the Finishing tab features section of this chapter.

Printer image

The bitmap image in the lower-right portion of the Paper tab represents the current physical configuration of the printer and corresponds to its configuration data. It should look the same as the image that appears in the same location on the Configure tab in the printer Properties dialog box.

On the Paper tab, the printer image contains hot spots where you can select a media source. When you use the cursor to move the cursor over a hot spot, the arrow reverts to a gloved hand. The current media source tray, whether selected from the drop-down menu or from a printer image hot spot, is highlighted on the printer image. The following points are worth noting:

  • The Automatically Select setting in the Source is: drop-down menu does not have a corresponding area to highlight in the printer image. Selecting other settings in this menu highlights the corresponding part in the printer image.

  • Selecting the area that represents a tray in the image always selects the corresponding tray in the Source is: option. Manual Feed in Tray 1, which is available from the Source is: drop-down menu, cannot be selected by selecting the image.

  • On the Paper tab, only source trays have printer image hot spots and can be highlighted.

Basics tab features

To gain access to the Basics tab in Windows 98 SE and Windows Me, click Start, Settings, and then Printers. Right-click the printer name, and then click Properties.

The Basics tab provides options for setting the number of copies to be printed and for the orientation of the print job. It also lets you retrieve information about the driver.

18: Basics tab - HP Traditional PCL 6 Driver

The Basics tab contains the following options:

Print Task Quick Sets

Use the Print Task Quick Sets control to store the current combination of driver settings that are found on all other driver tabs. Print task quick sets are either preset or user-defined printing specifications, such as paper size and pages per sheet. For more information, see Print Task Quick Sets in the Finishing tab section of this guide.

Copies

Use the Copies group box to specify the number of copies to print.

The number of copies you request appears in the Copies box. You can select the number by typing in the box or by using the up and down arrows to the right of the edit box. Valid entries are numbers from 1 to 999. The copies value will not advance from the maximum number (999) to 1 when the up arrow is used, or change from 1 to the maximum number (999) when the down arrow is used. Invalid entries into the edit box (such as non-numerical input, numbers less than 1 or greater than the maximum allowed) change to the last valid value that appeared in the box when you click another group box or leave the Basics tab. The default number of copies is 1.

Because you can set the desired number of copies that you want from some software programs, conflicts can arise between the software program 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 software 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 to set the number of copies in the software program, wherever possible.

Orientation

Orientation refers to the layout of the image on the page, and does not affect the manner in which media feeds into the printer. You can specify the orientation of the print job.

You can toggle between portrait and landscape orientation by left-clicking the preview image. If you select Rotate by 180 degrees, no change is evident in the preview image.

The Orientation group box contains the following options:

  • Portrait option button. Select this option to print your document in Portrait orientation. This is the default setting.

  • Landscape option button. Select this option to print your document in Landscape orientation.

  • Rotate 180 degrees check box. Select the Rotate by 180 degrees check box to rotate the document image on the paper 180°.

Document preview image

The document preview image is a line-drawn color image of a page that represents graphics and text. The image is always oriented so that the contents of the page are right-side-up. The preview image appears in the upper-right corner of all Properties tabs except for the Configure tab. For more information, see the Finishing tab features section of this chapter.

About

By clicking the About button on the Basics tab or the HP logo on any of the driver property pages, the About box appears. To close the About box, click OK, press Esc, press Alt + F4, or press Enter. The following figure shows the About box. The information varies according to HP Color LaserJet 2605 model number, driver, date, and version numbers.

19: About This Driver dialog box

Color tab features

To gain access to the Color tab in Windows 98 SE and Windows Me, click Start, Settings, and then Printers. Right-click the printer name, and then click Properties.

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.

20: Color tab

The Color tab contains the following options:

Print Task Quick Sets

Use the Print Task Quick Sets control to store the current combination of driver settings that are found on all other driver tabs. Print task quick sets are either preset or user-defined printing specifications, such as paper size and pages per sheet. For more information, see Print Task Quick Sets in the Finishing tab section in this chapter.

Color Options

Use the Color Options group box to adjust the independent color controls. The settings affect the color rendering and print quality.

To use default coloration settings, click the Automatic option button. To change the default coloration settings, click the Manual option button and then click the Settings button. To convert color information to grayscale and print the document in black and shades of gray, select the Print in Grayscale check box.

Manual Color Options

When you click the Settings option button, the Manual Color Options dialog box appears. The default settings are shown in the following figure. To change the settings, make your selections from the drop-down menus in the Manual Color Options dialog box, and then click OK. You are then prompted to save your selections as a Custom setting.

21: Manual Color Options dialog box

The Manual Color Options dialog box gives you independent control of neutral grays and halftone for the three major page components: text, graphics, and photographs. 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.

  • Black Only. This option generates neutral colors (grays and blacks) by using only black toner which ensures that neutral colors do not have a color cast.

  • 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.

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 your color output. You cannot independently adjust halftone settings for text, graphics, and photos. For example, if you select the Smooth setting for Text, you also set Photos and Graphics to Smooth.

  • 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.

    • Cyan - 155 lines per inch (lpi)

    • Magenta - 155 lpi

    • Yellow - 212 lpi

    • Black - 155 lpi

  • 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.

    • Cyan - 190 lpi

    • Magenta - 190 lpi

    • Yellow - 200 lpi

    • Black - 212 lpi

The Color Options settings are Edge Control and RGB Color. Edge Control, which determines how edges are rendered, consists of two components: adaptive halftoning and trapping. Adaptive halftoning increases the edge sharpness of text and graphics while maintaining the quality of area fills. Trapping reduces the effect of color-plane misregistration by slightly overlapping the edges of adjacent objects. The following options are available:

  • Off, which sets Trapping and Adaptive Halftoning to Off.

  • Light, which provides minimal trapping. Adaptive Halftoning is set to On.

  • Normal, which provides the default Trapping setting. Adaptive Halftoning is set to On.

  • Maximum, which provides the most trapping. Adaptive Halftoning is set to On.

RGB Color settings affect the color treatment for all objects and determines how colors are rendered. The options are Default (sRGB), Vivid, and Device.

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

  • 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.

    This setting uses the SRGB color table for the HP Color LaserJet 2600n printer.
  • Device. This option sets the printer to print RGB data in raw device mode. To render photographs correctly when this option is selected, you must manage color in the software program in which you are working or in the operating system.

If your software program converts text and graphics to raster, the Photographs settings also control the Text and Graphics settings.

Document preview image

The document preview image is a line-drawn color image of a page that represents graphics and text. The image is always oriented so that the contents of the page are right-side-up. The preview image appears in the upper-right corner of all Properties tabs except for the Configure tab. For more information, see the Finishing tab features section of this chapter.

Configure tab features

To gain access to the Configure tab in Windows 98 SE and Windows Me, click Start, Settings, and then Printers. Right-click the printer name, and then click Properties.

Use the Configure tab to tell the driver about the printer hardware configuration.

The Configure tab is available when you click Properties and open the Printers folder. When you open the driver from within a software program, the Configure tab is not visible, with a few exceptions, such as when using Excel 5.0 or Corel® Chart 4.0. When opened from the Printers folder, the Configure tab looks like the following figure.

22: Configure tab

The Configure tab contains the following options:

Printer Model

The Printer Model drop-down menu allows the user to choose the HP Color LaserJet 2605 series printer model that is installed. The Paper handling Options and printer image will change depending on which HP Color LaserJet 2605 series printer model is selected.

Paper-handling options

The Paper Handling Options group box provides options for configuring most of the paper-handling device features.

For the HP Color LaserJet 2605, the following paper-handling options are available.

  • Duplex Unit (HP Color LaserJet 2605dn and HP Color LaserJet 2605dtn)

  • Allow Manual Duplexing

  • Mopier Enabled (allows for multiple collated copies from a single print job and requires 128 MB RAM)

  • Allow Scaling from Large Paper

Optional Paper Sources

The Optional Paper Sources drop-down menu lists optional media sources for the HP Color LaserJet 2605. The list of available media sources varies, depending on your printer, its input accessories, and the printer configuration settings on the Configure tab.

For the HP Color LaserJet 2605, two optional media sources are available. The settings in the Optional Paper Sources drop-down menu are as follow:

  • (None)

  • HP 250-Sheet Paper Tray

Other Options

The Other Options group box contains a single More button. Clicking the More button opens the More Configuration Options dialog box.

23: More Configuration Options dialog box

The More Configuration Options dialog box contains the following options:

  • Fonts group box

  • Printer Memory group box

  • Include Types in Application Source List selection

  • Alternate letterhead mode selection

Fonts

The Fonts group box contains a Font DIMM check box and a corresponding Configure button. Selecting the Font DIMM check box tells the driver that a Font DIMM is installed, and that stored data about the fonts on the DIMM is available. When the check box is selected, the Configure button is enabled. Click the Configure button to open the Configure Font DIMMs dialog box. If the Font DIMM check box was not selected when you opened the More Configuration Options dialog box, selecting that check box automatically opens the Configure Font DIMMs dialog box.

24: Configure Font DIMMs dialog box

Use the Configure Font DIMMs dialog box to perform the following tasks:

  • Add up to two font DIMMs by clicking the Add button.

  • Specify a unique font DIMM name.

  • Select specific font DIMM data files that contain lists of fonts on specified DIMMs.

  • Select one or more installed DIMMs in the Installed DIMMs list, and based on the selected DIMMs. The list to the right (Fonts on DIMM) will display all of the fonts available on the selected DIMMs.

  • Enable or disable one or more of the selected fonts.

Use the following procedure to configure a font DIMM:

  1. Make sure that the font DIMM is correctly installed.

  2. Click Add. The Add Font DIMM dialog box appears.

  3. Click Browse. The Font DIMM Files dialog box appears.

  4. Find and select the appropriate Printer Cartridge Metrics (.PCM) file that came with the font DIMM.

  5. Click Open.

  6. If you want to, specify a Font DIMM Name in the Add Font DIMM dialog box.

  7. Click OK. The selected printer cartridge metrics (.PCM) file appears in the Installed DIMMs list. Select the .PCM file to see a list of available fonts in the Fonts on DIMM list.

  8. Click OK to close the Add Font DIMM dialog box. The fonts on the DIMM should now be available on the system.

To install screen fonts that match the font DIMM, use the .HPB file that is specifically designed to work with that DIMM. If no screen fonts are available for the DIMM, use the .PCM file that is specifically designed to work with that DIMM.

Printer Memory

The Printer Memory group box contains the following information:

  • Total Memory. This shows the total amount of memory that is physically installed in the printer. Total Printer Memory updates after a successful bidirectional query.

  • Driver Work Space. Use the Driver Work Space (DWS) option to specify the amount of work-space memory available to the printer. In environments that support bidirectional communication, this option is configured automatically. To set DWS manually, print a configuration page and find the DWS value in the Memory section of the configuration page. The DWS value might change if you switch printer-model settings. Then, type that value in the DWS box in the More Configuration Options dialog box. An accurate DWS value optimizes driver performance.

Include Types in Application Source List selection

When the Include Types in Applications Source List check box is selected, all paper types (such as envelopes and transparencies) that are supported by the printer are available from a software program’s paper source list in the Page Setup dialog.

When you are in a software program, you can open the Page Setup dialog by clicking the File menu, and then clicking the Page Setup button.

Alternate letterhead mode

When selected, this option enables you to always load letterhead or preprinted paper the same way for all print jobs, whether you are printing on one side of the sheet or on both sides of the sheet. Load the paper as you would for printing on both sides. See the user documentation that came with the printer for instructions about loading letterhead for printing on both sides. If the printer tray has an icon that indicates to load the paper either face-up or face-down, load the paper opposite of the orientation shown. When this option is selected, the printer speed slows to the speed required for printing on both sides.

Printer image

The bitmap image in the lower-right portion of the Paper tab screen represents the current physical configuration of the printer and corresponds to the driver configuration data, which is either obtained automatically through bidirectional communication or configured manually through the driver. It should have the same appearance as the image in the same location on the Paper tab. For more information, see the see the Paper tab features section of this chapter.

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