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HP LaserJet P2015 Printer Series - HP PCL 6, PCL 5 and PS Emulation Unidrivers for Microsoft Windows

Introduction

This document describes the features of the HP LaserJet P2015 unidrivers: the HP PCL 6 Unidriver, the HP PCL 5e Unidriver and the HP Postscript Level 3 Emulation Unidriver (PS 3 Emulation Unidriver) for Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP (32-bit and 64‑bit) and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (32-bit and 64‑bit).

Control print jobs from any of several places:

  • Device control panel

  • Software-program print-dialog box

  • Driver user interface

Generally, for features that are duplicated in more than one location (for instance, the media input tray from any of them), settings that are established in the software program take precedence over print-driver settings. Print-driver settings, in turn, override device control-panel settings.

When installing the print-system software in Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows Server 2003, the HP PCL 5e Unidriver is installed by default. The HP PCL 6 Unidriver and the PS 3 Emulation Unidriver can be installed by performing a Custom Installation.

The following sections describe the options that are available on each tab of the HP PCL 5e Unidriver, the HP PCL 6 Unidriver and the PS 3 Emulation Unidriver.

This document also describes differences between the HP PCL 5e Unidriver, the HP PCL 6 Unidriver, and the PS 3 Emulation Unidriver. Unless otherwise noted, features described here apply to all three.

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Access to print drivers in Microsoft Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows XP

Depending on the operating system on which the print drivers are installed, access to the print drivers and different print-driver interfaces is available in several ways:

Software-program print-dialog box

To gain access to the print-driver settings from within most software programs, follow these steps:

  1. Click File .

  2. Click Print .

  3. Click Properties .

The appearance and names of the driver tabs can vary, depending on the operating system. These driver settings apply only while that software program is open.

Print-driver user interface

Control the drivers directly from the Printers folder for access to two sets of driver tabs: the Printing Preferences tabs and the Properties tabs. The settings on the Printing Preferences driver tabs control the driver default settings for each user's profile. Configure installable options on the Properties driver tabs.

Printing Preferences driver tabs

The Printing Preferences driver tabs change the default settings that are used across all software programs. To gain access to these tabs, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start .

  2. Select Settings .

  3. Click Printers (Microsoft Windows 2000) or Printers and Faxes (Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003) or Printers and Other Hardware Devices (Microsoft Windows XP Home).

  4. Right-click the device name.

  5. Click Printing Preferences .

The following Printing Preferences print-driver tabs are available:

  • Advanced

  • Paper/Quality

  • Effects

  • Finishing

  • Services

All of these tabs are device-specific.

Properties driver tabs

This set of tabs controls the driver behavior and driver connections. To gain access to the Properties tabs, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start .

  2. Select Settings .

  3. Click Printers (Microsoft Windows 2000) or Printers and Faxes (Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003) or Printers and Other Hardware Devices (Microsoft Windows XP Home).

  4. Right-click the device name.

  5. Click Properties .

The following Properties print-driver tabs are available:

  • General

  • Sharing

  • Ports

  • Advanced

  • Security

  • Device Settings

  • About

Only device-specific HP driver tabs are described in this document; the other driver tabs are part of the operating system. The following Properties driver tabs are described in this document:

  • Device Settings

  • About

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Help system

The HP LaserJet P2015 PCL 6 and PS emulation unidrivers include a full-featured Help system to provide assistance with printing and configuration options. The following Help options are available.

'What's this?' Help

'What's this?' Help is supported in Microsoft Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows XP. Access 'What's this?' Help messages in any of the following ways:

  • Right-click a control and click What's this? and a pop-up Help window appears.

  • Click the ? button in the upper-right corner of the frame, next to the X , to change the cursor to an arrow with a question mark. Use this special cursor to select a control, and the pop-up Help window for that feature appears

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

Context-sensitive Help

Click 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. These messages appear in response to selections that are illogical or impossible given the capabilities of the printer or the current settings of other controls. For example, if the Print on Both Sides option is clicked and then changed the paper type to Transparency , a message appears asking to resolve this conflict.

Figure 1: A typical constraint message

Whenever a constraint message appears with Resolve all conflicts for me automatically or I will resolve the conflict myself buttons, the action of the buttons is as follows:

  • To reject the change that was just made, returning the control to its previous value, click Resolve all conflicts for me automatically and then click OK .

  • To accept the change that was just made and return to the driver settings to resolve the conflict, click I will resolve the conflict myself and then click OK .

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HP postscript level 3 emulation support

The HP postscript level 3 emulation maintains full compatibility with Adobe PS level 3 when PS level 3 soft fonts are purchased from Adobe.

Users of Adobe-licensed software might also have the right to use the Adobe PS level 3 print drivers from Adobe with the HP LaserJet printer postscript level 3 emulation PPD, available on the HP LaserJet printer software CD or from the HP Web site. Users must comply with all Adobe licensing agreements when using the Adobe PS level 3 print driver. Click here to visit www.adobe.com/support/downloads/license.html to view the Adobe licensing agreements on the Adobe Web.

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Advanced tab features

To gain access to the Advanced tab, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start .

  2. Select Settings .

  3. Click Printers (Microsoft Windows 2000) or Printers and Faxes (Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003) or Printers and Other Hardware Devices (Microsoft Windows XP Home).

  4. Right-click the device name.

  5. Click Printing Preferences .

  6. Click the Advanced tab.

Use the Advanced tab to change the layout of printed pages and to configure special controls that are not commonly used. Also use this tab to control features such as media size and copies in the driver (although most current software programs support these features in the print dialog box or through the page settings in the software program). The following figure shows the Advanced tab.

Figure 2: The default appearance of the Advanced tab

The Advanced tab contains the following controls:

Paper/Output

The Paper/Output settings contain the Copy Count control:

Copy Count

Copy Count specifies the number of copies to print. 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.

The requested number of copies appears in the Copy Count option. Select the number by typing in the box or by using the up and down arrows to the right of the text box. Valid entries are numbers from 1 to 9999. The copies value will not advance from the maximum number (9999) to 1 when the up arrow is used, or change from 1 to the maximum number (9999) when the down arrow is used.

When another group box is clicked or left the Advanced tab, invalid entries into the edit box (such as non-numerical input, numbers less than 1, or numbers greater than the maximum allowed) are changed to the last valid value that appeared in the box. The default number of copies is 1.

Because the number of copies can be set in some software programs, conflicts between the software program and the driver can arise. 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) appears in the other (such as the driver). For some software programs, this communication does not take place, and the copies values are treated independently. For example, setting 10 copies in the program and then setting 10 copies in the driver results in 100 copies (10 x 10) being printed. Set the number of copies in the software program, wherever possible.

Document Options

The Document Options setting contains the following controls:

  • Advanced Printing Features

  • Print Optimizations

  • Printer Features

  • Layout Options

Advanced Printing Features

When the Advanced Printing Features setting is Enabled , metafile spooling is turned On and Finishing tab options such as Page Order , Booklet Layout and Pages per Sheet are available, depending on the device. For normal printing, leave the Advanced Printing Features setting at the default (Enabled ). If compatibility problems occur, disable the feature. However, some advanced printing features might still be available in the print driver, even if they have been disabled. Selecting an advanced printing feature in the print driver that has been disabled on the Advanced tab automatically makes the feature available.

Print Optimizations

NOTE: Print Optimization settings are available only in the HP PCL 6 Unidriver and HP PCL 5e Unidriver. They are not available in the PS 3 Emulation Unidriver.

The default setting for Print Optimizations is Enabled . When this feature is enabled and the document contains overlapping text and graphics, the text that is placed on top of a graphic might not print correctly. If the printed output is not correct, disable this feature. When this feature is disabled, print optimization-features, such as substituting device fonts for TrueType fonts and scanning for horizontal and vertical rules, are turned Off.

PostScript Options

NOTE: Postscript Options are available only in the PS 3 Emulation Unidriver. They are not available in the HP PCL 6 Unidriver and HP PCL 5e Unidriver.

Select one of the following settings in the PostScript Output Options drop-down menu:

  • Optimize for Speed : This is the default setting.

  • Optimize for Portability : Use this setting to create a file that conforms to the Adobe Document Structuring Conventions (ADSC). Each page of the document is a self-contained object. For example, use this option to create a postscript file and print it on a different printer.

  • Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) : Use this setting to include the file as an image in another document that is to be printed from another program.

  • Archive format : Use this option to create a postscript file that can be use later.

Select one of the following settings in the TrueType Font Download drop-down menu:

  • Automatic : This is the default setting. The PS 3 Emulation Driver determines which format is best.

  • Outline : Select this option if the TrueType font needs to be downloaded as a scalable outline font.

  • Bitmap : Select this option to download the TrueType font as a bitmap font.

  • Native TrueType : If the printer is a TrueType rasterizer printer; select this option to download the TrueType font as an outline font.

Select one of the following settings in the PostScript Language Level drop-down menu:

  • 3

  • 2

  • 1

The default setting is 3 . It is usually better to select the highest number available, because it provides more features. In some instances, lower numbers might be necessary. For example, if printing a file to disk and that file is to be printed by someone who has a level-1 printer, select 1 .

Select one of the following settings in the Send PostScript Error Handler drop-down menu:

  • Yes . This is the default setting. When an error occurs in the print job, an error page is sent to the printer.

  • No . Select this setting if an error page need not be printed when an error occurs.

Select one of the following settings in the Negative Output drop-down menu:

  • Yes . Select this option to print a negative of the image by reversing the values for black and white.

  • No . Print the image without reversing the values for black and white. This is the default setting.

Printer Features

The Printer Features setting contains the following controls:

  • Print All Text as Black

    The Print All Text as Black feature is Disabled by default. When Enabled is selected, the driver prints all text as black regardless of the original document text color. Color text is printed as black, except for white text, which remains white. (White text is a reliable method of printing reverse typeface against a dark background.) This setting does not affect graphic images on the page, nor does it affect any text that is part of a graphic.

  • Send True Type as Bitmap

    This feature provides an alternative for those software programs that encounter problems when using TrueType fonts for special graphic purposes such as shading, rotation, or slanting. The setting is Disabled (Off) by default. The TrueType fonts are first converted to bitmap soft fonts before downloading. The Enabled setting causes the driver to send TrueType fonts to the printer as outlines, which retains the standard format (outline) of the fonts.

  • Graphics Mode

    NOTE: The Graphics Mode option is available only in the HP PCL 5e Unidriver. It is not available in the HP PCL 6 Unidriver or the PS 3 Emulation Unidriver.

    Use the Graphics Mode feature to select one of the following settings:

    • Send Graphics as Vector . Select this setting to send graphics to the device as a combination of HP Graphics Language, version 2 (HP-GL/2) and raster images. This setting might produce higher-quality output. It is the default setting.

    • Send Graphics as Raster . Select this setting to send all graphics to the device as images composed of individual dots. This setting might improve printing speed in some cases.

  • REt

    HP Resolution Enhancement technology (REt) is a suite of proprietary image-enhancement technologies. Working with the image-writing systems in the print cartridge, FastRes 1200 and HP REt ensure professional-quality printing.

Layout Options

The Layout Options setting contains the Page Order setting.

Page Order specifies the order in which the pages of the document are printed. Front to Back prints the document so that page 1 prints first. Back to Front prints the document so that page 1 prints last.
NOTE: The page-ordering operation works on whole sheets of media rather than on individual logical pages. Accordingly, if Pages per Sheet (on the Finishing tab) is greater than one, the ordering of logical pages on a physical sheet of media does not change.

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Paper/Quality tab features

To gain access to the Paper/Quality tab, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start .

  2. Select Settings .

  3. Click Printers (Microsoft Windows 2000) or Printers and Faxes (Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003) or Printers and Other Hardware Devices (Microsoft Windows XP Home).

  4. Right-click the device name.

  5. Click Printing Preferences .

  6. Click the Paper/Quality tab.

Use the Paper/Quality tab to specify the size, type and source of the media. Also use this tab to specify different media selections for the front cover, first page, other pages, last page and back cover of the document. The following figure shows the Paper/Quality tab.

Figure 3: Paper/Quality tab

The Paper/Quality tab contains the following control sets:

Print Task Quick Sets

The first group box in the upper portion of the Paper/Quality tab is Print Task Quick Sets . Because they are all the same control, any change to the Print Task Quick Sets group box that is made on the Paper/Quality tab affects all the Printing Preferences driver tabs that have the Print Task Quick Sets setting:

  • Paper/Quality

  • Effects

  • Finishing

Use the Print Task Quick Sets setting to store the current combination of driver settings that appear on all of the other print driver tabs (except the Advanced tab, where the setting is not available). 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). The Print Task Quick Sets control does not appear on the driver Properties tabs.
NOTE: Administrators can predefine Print Task Quick Sets for their users. These administrator Print Task Quick Sets are defined on the server and are available to users, but usually cannot be modified by users. Users can also define Print Task Quick Sets for their own use.

The following selections are available in the Print Task Quick Sets drop-down menu:

  • Default Print Settings

  • User Guide Print Settings

Default Print Settings

When Default Print Settings is selected, 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, custom media sizes or the other quick sets have been changed or deleted, the original settings for those items are not restored.

Type a new Quick Set name here appears in the Print Task 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 Print Task Quick Sets menu is the same label that appeared when a computer user last closed the printing Properties dialog box by clicking OK .

The following table shows the default settings for Print Task Quick Sets .

Print Task Quick Set default values for the HP LaserJet P2015 printer
Driver feature
Feature setting location
Default values for U.S. English Print Task Quick Sets
Pre-configurable
Print on Both Sides
Finishing tab, Document Options group box
Available, not selected
Yes
Flip Pages Up
Finishing tab, Document Options group box
Unavailable, not selected
Yes
Booklet Layout
Finishing tab, Document Options group box
Unavailable, Off
Yes
Pages per Sheet
Finishing tab, Document Options group box
1 page per sheet
Yes
Print Page Borders
Finishing tab, Document Options group box
Unavailable
Yes
Page Order
Finishing tab, Document Options group box
Unavailable
Yes
Orientation
Finishing tab, Orientation group box
Portrait
Yes
Rotate by 180o degrees
Finishing tab, Orientation group box
Available, not selected
Yes
Resizing Options
Effects tab, Resizing Options group box
Actual Size
Yes
Print document on
Effects tab, Resizing Options group box
Available, not selected
Yes
Size to print on
Effects tab, Resizing Options group box
Actual Size
Yes
Scale to Fit
Effects tab, Resizing Options group box
Unavailable, selected
Yes
% of Normal Size
Effects tab, Resizing Options group box
Available, not selected
Yes
Watermarks
Effects tab
(none)
Yes
Watermarks First Page Only
Effects tab, Watermark Details dialog box
Unavailable, not selected
Yes
Current watermarks
Effects tab, Watermark Details dialog box (Click Edit for Watermark Details .)
(none)
Yes
Watermark Message
Effects tab, Watermark Details dialog box (Click Edit for Watermark Details .)
(none)
Yes
Message Angle (watermark)
Effects tab, Watermark Details dialog box (Click Edit for Watermark Details .)
Diagonal
Yes
Watermark message angle (angle)
Effects tab, Watermark Details dialog box (Click Edit for Watermark Details .)
Unavailable unless the Angle option is selected, 52 degrees
Yes
Name (watermark font)
Effects tab, Watermark Details dialog box, Font Attributes group box
Arial
Yes
Color (watermark font)
Effects tab, Watermark Details dialog box, Font Attributes group box
Gray
Yes
Shading (watermark font)
Effects tab, Watermark Details dialog box, Font Attributes group box
Very Light
Yes
Size (watermark font)
Effects tab, Watermark Details dialog box, Font Attributes group box
80
No
Style (watermark font)
Effects tab, Watermark Details dialog box, Font Attributes group box
Regular
Yes
Size is:
Paper/Quality tab, Paper Options group box
Letter
Yes
Use Different Paper
Paper/Quality tab, Paper Options group box
Available, not selected
No
Source is:
Paper/Quality tab, Paper Options group box
Automatically Select
Yes
Type is:
Paper/Quality tab, Paper Options group box
Unspecified
Yes
EconoMode
Paper/Quality tab, Print Quality dialog box
Available, unselected
Yes

Not supported in Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows Me.

User Guide Print Settings

The User Guide Print Settings option provides a Print Task Quick Set for optimal printing of the HP LaserJet P2015 Series User Guide .

When User Guide Print Settings is selected, all of the settings are restored to the default settings, except for the following settings:

  • On the Paper/Quality tab, Type Is: is set to Unspecified .

  • On the Finishing tab, the Print on Both Sides check box is selected.

  • On the Finishing tab, Flip Pages Up check box is selected.

  • On the Finishing tab, Pages per Sheet is set to 2 pages per sheet .

  • On the Finishing tab, Page Order is set to Right then Down .

Default Print Settings

By default, the Print Task Quick Sets menu is set to Default Print Settings . To change any of the default settings on any of the Printing Preferences driver tabs and save the configuration as a Print Task Quick Set, highlight the words Default Print Settings , type the name for the new Print Task Quick Set, and then click Save . Print Task 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 .
NOTE: Administrators can predefine Print Task Quick Sets for their users. These administrator Print Task Quick Sets are defined on the server and are available to users, but usually cannot be modified by users. Users can also define Print Task Quick Sets for their own use.

A maximum of 25 Print Task Quick Sets can be stored on a particular system. If attempted to save more, a message box appears: There are too many Print Task Quick Sets defined. Please delete some before adding new ones.

Paper Options

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 figure shows the Paper Options group box and the selections that are available by default.

Figure 4: Paper Options group box

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

  • Size is

  • Custom Paper Size

  • Source is

  • Type is

  • Use Different Paper/Covers

Size is

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

When the mouse cursor moves 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.

Because media-size settings in most software programs override driver settings, it is generally best to use the driver to set media size only when printing from software programs that do not include a media-size setting, such as Notepad, or when producing a book or a booklet that does not require different media sizes.
NOTE: Certain software programs can override the size command and specify different media sizes within a single document.

When the print-driver setting is changed to a media size that is not currently loaded in the device, a control-panel message appears that prompts to load the media size or select another tray.

For information about media sizes, see the Media attributes section of this STR.

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.

Custom Paper Size

The Custom Paper Size dialog box appears when Custom… is clicked on the Paper/Quality tab. The following figure shows the initial appearance of the Custom Paper Size dialog box.

Figure 5: Custom Paper Size dialog box

Name

Use the Name text box to type a new name for a custom media size.

The name that appears in the Name text box depends on the following conditions:

  • If a saved custom media size has been selected from the drop-down menu on the Paper/Quality tab, then the Name text box shows the name of the selected custom media size.

  • If a standard media size has been selected on the Paper/Quality tab, then the Name text box shows the default name of 'Custom'.

  • If a new name has been typed into the Name text box for the purpose of saving a new size or renaming an existing size, then that new name will remain in the text box until the new size is saved or the dialog box is closed.

If a new name is typed into the Name text box, but then do not click Save , the width and height values can be changed without losing the name. However, if the dialog box is closed without clicking Save , any unsaved name or size values are lost without warning.

Paper size

Change the width and height values by typing numeric strings into the edit boxes in the Paper Size group box.

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.

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 1 millimeter or 1/10 of an inch, depending on the current measurement units.

Units

To change measurement units, click one of the options in the Units group box (either Inches or Millimeters ).

Custom width and height control limits

The minimum media size for the HP LaserJet P2015 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.

PCL 6 custom media sizes
Tray
Dimensions
Minimum
Maximum
Tray 1 (100-sheet multipurpose)
Width
76 mm (3.0 inches)
312 mm (12.28 inches)
Height
127 mm (5.0 inches)
470 mm (18.5 inches)
Tray 2 (250-sheet)
Width
148.0 mm (5.83 inches)
297 mm (11.7 inches)
Height
210 mm (8.26 inches)
432 mm (17 inches)
Tray 3 (250-sheet, optional)
Width
148.0 mm (5.83 inches)
297 mm (11.7 inches)
Height
210 mm (8.26 inches)
432 mm (17 inches)
Duplexing unit
Width
148.0 mm (5.83 inches)
297 mm (11.7 inches)
Height
210.0 mm (8.26 inches)
432 mm (17 inches)

Source is

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

The Source is: drop-down menu can contain the following options, depending on what has been installed on the device:

  • Automatically select

  • Printer Auto Select

  • Manual Feed in Tray 1

  • Tray 1 (100-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 LaserJet P2015 uses the source tray that supports the selected media size. If a source tray is selected other than Automatically select , make sure that the correct media size is loaded in the source tray. For information about media sources, see the Media attributes section of this STR.

Type is

The Type is: drop-down menu shows all of the media types that the HP LaserJet P2015 supports. When the default setting Unspecified is used, the printer uses the default media type, which is usually Plain .

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 device when the bidirectional query occurs. If bidirectional communication is enabled, then the information an updated list of media types is returned. If bidirectional communication is not enabled, then the driver looks for custom media types that have been saved from a previous bidirectional communication query and uses those. Otherwise, no custom media types are available through the driver.

The following standard types appear in the list:

  • Unspecified

  • Plain

  • HP Multipurpose Paper

  • HP Office Paper

  • HP All-in-one Printing Paper

  • HP LaserJet Paper

  • HP Premium Choice LaserJet Paper

  • Preprinted

  • Letterhead

  • Transparency

  • Prepunched

  • Labels

  • Bond

  • Recycled

  • Color

  • Light 60-75 g/m2 (16-20 lb)

  • Heavy 90-105 g/m2 (24-28 lb)

  • Cardstock 105-176 g/m2 (28-65 lb)

  • Envelope

  • Rough

The default setting is Unspecified , and the program selects the media type. Before selecting a different setting, make sure that the correct media type is loaded in the tray that is specified in the Source is: setting.

If the print-driver setting is changed to a media type that is not currently loaded in the device, a control-panel message appears that prompts to load the media type or select another tray.

Use Different Paper/Covers

Print books that include different media types by using the Use Different Paper/Covers options.

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

  • Front Cover

  • First Page

  • Other Pages

  • Last Page

  • Back Cover

NOTE: When the Source Is changed and Type is settings for any of the covers or pages, the settings remain configured until the software program from which it is being printing is closed. For example, if First Page is selected and change the media source or type, and then select Back Cover to change the media source or type, the check mark remains beside Front Cover and the selected source and type settings remain in effect. The settings are cleared only when the software program is closed.

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 used for the remainder of the document.

The following figure shows the Front Cover setting and options.

Figure 6: Front Cover options

The following are the Front Cover options:

  • Size is: drop-down menu

  • Add a Blank or Preprinted Cover : check box

  • Source is: drop-down menu

  • Type is: drop-down menu

The Size is: setting specifies the media size to use for the entire print job. Changes made to the Size is: setting here override any previous Size is: settings in other Use Different Paper/Covers options.

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

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 device accessories that are installed. Any optional trays that are installed through the Device Settings tab also appear here.

The Type is: drop-down menu shows all of the media types that the device supports.
NOTE: Use the same size of media for the entire print job. All Use Different Paper/Covers options use the last Size is: setting selected in any one of the Use Different Paper/Covers options.

When the type and source of the media and covers is changed, the settings remain configured until the software program is closed.

First Page

Use the First Page options to select an alternative media type or source for the first page of a document. The following figure shows the appearance of the Paper Options group box when Use Different Paper/Covers is selected.

Figure 7: First Page options

The following are the First Page options:

  • Size is: drop-down menu

  • Source is: drop-down menu

  • Type is: drop-down menu

The Size is: setting specifies the media size to use for the entire print job. Changes made to the Size is: setting here override any previous Size is: settings in other Use Different Paper/Covers options.

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

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 device accessories that are installed. Any optional trays that are installed through the Device Settings tab also appear here.

The Type is: drop-down menu shows all of the media types that the device supports.

NOTE: Use the same size of media for the entire print job. All Use Different Paper/Covers options use the last Size is: setting selected in any one of the Use Different Paper/Covers options.

When the type and source of the media and covers are changed, the settings remain configured until the software program is closed.

Other Pages

Use the Other Pages options to select an alternative media type or source for the other pages of the document. The following figure shows the appearance of the Paper Options group box when Use Different Paper/Covers is selected.

Figure 8: Other Pages options

The following are the Other Pages options:

  • Size is: drop-down menu

  • Source is: drop-down menu

  • Type is: drop-down menu

The Size is: setting specifies the media size to use for the entire print job. Changes made to the Size is: setting here override any previous Size is: settings made in other Use Different Paper/Covers options.

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

The Type is: drop-down menu shows all of the media types that the device supports.
NOTE: Use the same size of media for the entire print job. All Use Different Paper/Covers options use the last Size is: setting selected in any one of the Use Different Paper/Covers options.

When the type and source of the media and covers are changed, the settings remain configured until the software program is closed.

Last Page

Use the Last Page options to select an alternative media size, type, or source for the last page of a document. The following figure shows the appearance of the Paper Options group box when Use Different Paper/Covers is selected.

Figure 9: Last Page options

The following are the Last Page options:

  • Size is: drop-down menu

  • Source is: drop-down menu

  • Type is: drop-down menu

The Size is: setting specifies the media size to use for the entire print job. Changes made to the Size is: setting here override any previous Size is: settings in other Use Different Paper/Covers options.

The Type is: drop-down menu shows all of the media types that the device supports.
NOTE: Use the same size of media for the entire print job. All Use Different Paper/Covers options use the last Size is: setting selected in any one of the Use Different Paper/Covers options.

When the type and source of the media and covers are changed, the settings remain configured until the software program is closed.

Back Cover

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

The following figure shows the Back Cover setting and options.

Figure 10: Back Cover options

The following are the Back Cover options:

  • Size is: drop-down menu

  • Add a Blank or Preprinted Cover check box

  • Source is: drop-down menu

  • Type is: drop-down menu

The Size is: setting specifies the media size to use for the entire print job. Changes made to the Size is: setting here override any previous Size is: settings in other Use Different Paper/Covers options.

When Back Cover is selected, select the Add a Blank or Preprinted Cover check box also to enable the setting. The Source is: and Type is: drop-down menus become available and a check mark appears next to the Back Cover option.
NOTE: 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 be printed in the middle of a booklet.

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 device accessories that are installed. Any optional trays that are installed through the Device Settings tab also appear here.

The Type is: drop-down menu shows all of the media types that the device supports.
NOTE: Use the same size of media for the entire print job. All Use Different Paper/Covers options use the last Size is: setting selected in any one of the Use Different Paper/Covers options.

When the type and source of the media and covers are changed, the settings remain configured until the software program is closed.

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 following Printing Preferences driver tabs:

  • Paper/Quality

  • Effects

  • Finishing

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

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Print Quality

The Print Quality group box contains the following controls:

Print Quality drop-down menu

There is no Print Quality drop-down menu in the HP PCL 5e Unidriver. The default print quality setting for that driver is 600 dpi.

The Print Quality drop-down menu contains the following controls in the HP PCL 6 Unidriver:

  • ProRes 1200 (132 lpi)

  • ProRes 1200 (180 lpi)

  • FastRes 1200

  • 600 dpi

NOTE: When a ProRes1200 setting is selected, documents are printed using a resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi. This is the best print quality, but printing speed is slower than for documents printed on the FastRes 1200.

The Print Quality drop-down menu contains the following controls in the PS 3 Emulation Unidriver:

  • 1200 dpi

  • FastRes 1200

  • 600 dpi

EconoMode

Select the EconoMode check box to reduce the amount of toner on each printed page.

Selecting this option extends the life of the toner supply and reduces cost per page. However, it also reduces print quality. The printed image is lighter, but it is adequate for printing drafts or proofs.

HP does not recommend the full-time use of EconoMode. If EconoMode is used full-time when the average toner coverage is significantly less than 5%, it is possible that the toner supply will outlast the mechanical parts in the print cartridge. If print quality begins to degrade under these circumstances, install a new print cartridge, even if toner remains in the cartridge.
NOTE: The EconoMode setting might work only if a genuine HP print cartridge is installed. HP print cartridges can measure the life of the mechanical parts and the quantity of toner. If the EconoMode setting is used frequently, the mechanical parts can wear out before the supply of toner is depleted, increasing the risk of toner leaking. Use genuine HP parts to avoid this problem.

The EconoMode option can be activated from the Print Quality tab in the software program properties, or from the Print Quality dialog box on the Paper-Quality tab in the driver.

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Effects tab features

To gain access to the Effects tab, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start .

  2. Select Settings .

  3. Click Printers (Microsoft Windows 2000) or Printers and Faxes (Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition and Microsoft Windows Server 2003) or Printers and Other Hardware Devices (Microsoft Windows XP Home).

  4. Right-click the device name.

  5. Click Printing Preferences .

  6. Click the Effects tab.

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

Figure 11: Effects tab

The Effects tab contains the following controls:

Print Task Quick Sets

Use the Print Task Quick Sets control to store the current combination of driver settings that appear on all other Printing Preferences driver tabs. Print task quick sets are either preset or user-defined printing specifications, such as media size and pages per sheet.

Resizing Options

The Resizing Options group box consists of the following controls:

  • Actual Size (default)

  • Print Document On setting

  • Scale to Fit option

  • % of Normal Size setting

Actual Size

Actual Size is the default setting. It prints the document without changing the document size.

Print Document On

Click the Print Document On option to format the document for one media size and then print the document on a different media size, with or without scaling the image to fit the new media 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 it can be printed. The list contains all of the standard media sizes that the selected media source supports and any custom sizes that have been created. When Print Document On is selected, Scale to Fit is automatically selected. Clear this check box if the document need not be reduced or enlarged to fit on the selected media.

Scale to Fit

The Scale to Fit option box specifies whether each formatted document page image is scaled to fit the target media 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 media. If the document size is larger than the target media size, then the document image is clipped. If it is smaller, then it is centered within the target media. The following figure shows preview images for a document formatted for Legal-size media with the Print Document On check box selected and the target size specified as Letter .

Figure 12: 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 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 media size that is selected within the driver or what the driver receives from the software program (if the software program does not negotiate the media 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 slider-bar indicator is dragged, and the document preview image is updated to the new image scale. Each click on the arrows increases or decreases the scale by 1%. Each click on the slider bar affects the scale by 10%.

An exact value cannot be achieved by dragging the slider-bar indicator. Instead, either use the slider-bar indicator to approximate the value and then use the arrows to refine the value or type the value into the entry box.

The following settings disable % of 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 the following Printing Preferences driver tabs:

  • Paper/Quality

  • Effects

  • Finishing

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

Watermarks

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

  • (none)

  • Confidential

  • Draft

  • SAMPLE

The drop-down menu shows alphabetically sorted watermarks that are currently available on the system plus the string '(none)', which indicates that no watermark is selected. This is the default setting. Any watermark that is selected from this list appears in the preview image.

When the First Page Only check box is selected, the watermark is printed only on the first page of the document. The First Page Only check box is disabled when the current watermark selection is '(none)'.

Watermarks are applied to logical pages. For example, when Pages per Sheet is set to '4' and First Page Only is turned Off, four watermarks appear on the physical page (one on each logical page).

Click Edit and the Watermark Details dialog box appears.

Figure 13: Watermark Details dialog box

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 then select a different watermark or click New , all of the changes are saved and only the current, unsaved changes can be canceled.

Current watermarks

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

To create a new watermark, click New . The new watermark appears in the Current Watermarks list and in the Watermark Message edit box as 'Untitled ' until it is named. The name typed in the Watermark Message field appears in the Current Watermarks group box in the Watermark Details dialog box and in the Watermarks group box on the Effects tab.

To name the new watermark, type the selected watermark text in the Watermark Message edit box.

To delete a watermark, select the watermark in the Current Watermarks list and click Delete . A warning appears asking whether the selected item needs to be deleted. Click Cancel if the watermark needs to be saved. Click OK to delete the selected watermark.
NOTE: No more that 30 watermarks can exist in the Current Watermarks list at one time. When the limit of 30 watermarks is reached, the New button is disabled.

To edit an existing watermark, select the watermark in the Current Watermarks list. Changing the Watermark Message for that watermark, in effect creates a new watermark.

Watermark Message

The Watermark Message is also the name that identifies the watermark in the Current Watermarks list, except when more than one watermark has the same message. For example, several different watermarks can contain the message DRAFT, each with a different typeface or font size. When this occurs, the string is appended with a space, a pound sign, and a number (for example, Draft #2 ). When a number is added, the number two is used first, but if the resulting name is also in the list, then the number increases until the name is unique (Draft #3 , Draft #4 , and so on).

Message Angle

Use the controls in the Message Angle group box to print the watermark in different orientations on the page. All settings center the watermark string within the page; the selection of a particular setting affects only the angle of the string placement. The following settings are available:

  • Diagonal . This is the default setting. Select this setting to place the text along a line that spans the lower-left to upper-right corners of the page.

  • Horizontal . Select this setting to place the text along a line that spans the mid-left and mid-right edges of the page.

  • Custom . Select this setting to place the text at the specified angle across the page. Use the numeric spin box to select the angle.

Font Attributes

Use the controls in the Font Attributes group box to change the font and the shading, size and style of the font.

The Font Attributes group box contains the following controls:

  • Name

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

  • Color

    The Color drop-down menu contains only one option: Gray .

  • Shading

    The default Shading setting for new and preset watermarks is Very Light . The following range of shades is available from the Shading drop-down menu:

    • Lightest

    • Very Light (default)

    • Light

    • Medium Light

    • Medium

    • Medium Dark

    • Dark

    • Very Dark

    • Darkest

    These values represent the intensity of the gray that is used. Select Light to produce a lightly saturated gray watermark. Select Lightest to produce the lightest shade of watermark. Select Darkest to produce a black watermark.

  • Size

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

  • Style

    The following settings are available:

    • Regular

    • Bold

    • Italic

    • Bold Italic

      The default Style setting for new and preset watermarks is Regular .

Default watermark settings

The following table shows Font Attribute settings for new and preset watermarks.

Font Attribute settings for new and preset watermarks
Setting
New watermark
Preset watermark
Name
Arial
Varies by language
Color
Gray
Gray
Shading
Very Light
Very Light
Size
80
Varies by language
Style
Regular
Regular

Click OK to accept all of the changes that have been made in the Watermark Details dialog box. Clicking Cancel does not cancel all of the changes. If changes are made to a watermark and then a different watermark is selected or New is clicked, all of the changes are saved, and only the current, unsaved changes can be canceled.

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Finishing tab features

To gain access to the Finishing tab, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start .

  2. Select Settings .

  3. Click Printers (Microsoft Windows XP) or Printers and Faxes (Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition and Microsoft Windows Server 2003) or Printers and Other Hardware Devices (Microsoft Windows XP Home).

  4. Right-click the device name.

  5. Click Printing Preferences .

  6. Click the Finishing tab.

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

Figure 14: Finishing tab

The Finishing tab contains the following controls:

Print Task Quick Sets

Use the Print Task Quick Sets control to store the current combination of driver settings that appear on all other Printing Preferences driver tabs. Print task quick sets are either preset or user-defined printing specifications, such as media size and pages per sheet.

Document options

The Document Options group box contains the following controls:

Correct Order for Straight Paper Path

The HP LaserJet P2015 has a door in the back that can be opened to make the paper go straight out the back of the printer. Use this bin or slot to minimize curl and avoid jams with heavier paper, such as cardstock. The paper may need to be fed from the multipurpose tray for best results. The paper is delivered printed side up. Use this feature to order the pages correctly for this bin or slot. If this check box is clicked and also click Print on Both Sides , the printer prints the first side of each page, pauses for the user to reload the paper, and then prints the second side of each page. Other documents cannot be printed while the printer is paused. Follow the onscreen instructions.

Print on Both Sides

The default setting for the Print on Both Sides option is Off (not selected). Print on Both Sides is available when the following conditions exist:

  • Type is: on the Paper tab is set to any media type except for the following types:

    • Labels

    • Transparency

    • Envelope

    • Cardstock

    • Tough Paper

  • Size is: is set to any media size except for the following sizes:

    • Statement

    • Envelope #10

    • Envelope DL

    • Envelope C5

    • Envelope B5

    • Envelope Monarch

NOTE: As a rule, extra memory is not needed on the HP LaserJet P2015 printer in order to print on both sides. However, very complex double-sided print jobs might require additional memory.

Automatically print on both sides

The duplexing unit in the device prints on two sides of a sheet of paper when the Print on Both Sides option is specified in the print job. The HP LaserJet P2015 printer comes with a duplexing unit installed in the following models:

  • HP LaserJet P2015d

  • HP LaserJet P2015dn

  • HP LaserJet P2015x

These printer models support smart duplexing. The smart duplexing feature increases printing performance by preventing one-page print jobs or single-sided pages of a duplexed print job from going through the duplexing unit even when the duplexing feature has been selected in the driver.

All media types support the smart duplexing feature, except for media types that cannot be printed on both sides (such as labels, transparencies and envelopes) and the following media types:

  • Prepunched

  • Preprinted

  • Letterhead

When the media type is set to Unspecified , the smart duplexing feature is disabled.

To achieve the best print quality when printing on the second side of the page, the printer makes adjustments to its print modes. Selecting a media type in effect instructs the printer to use a group of settings (such as fuser temperature and print speed) to create an image that has the best possible quality for that media type. This group of settings is known as print mode. A different print mode is used with each media type. Print-mode adjustments for the second side of a duplexed page are automatic.

Manually print on both sides

Select the Print on Both Sides (Manually) check box to print on the second side of the media. Because the HP LaserJet P2015 and HP LaserJet P2015n printer models do not have a duplexing unit installed, this is the only setting available for duplex printing on these models. Use this setting on the other HP LaserJet P2015 printer models for media types that the automatic duplexing unit does not support, such as cardstock and thick media.

Manually printing on the second side of a page is available in the HP PCL 6, PCL 5, or PS emulation unidriver. If a duplexing unit is installed and manual duplexing is enabled in the driver, the printer automatically prints on both sides of media types that are supported for automatic duplexing (Letter, A4, Legal and 8.5 x 13 only), and forces manual printing on both sides for media types that are not supported.

To make the Print on Both Sides (Manually) check box available in the document options, select the Allow Manual Duplexing option on the Device Settings tab on the Properties print-driver tabs.

To print on both sides manually while using media that is supported for automatic duplexing, select and apply the Not Installed setting on the Duplex Unit (for 2-Sided Printing) option on the Device Settings tab.

Select the media type that corresponds to the media that is used for the print job. The following media types have a different print modes when manually printing on the second side:

  • Plain

  • Preprinted

  • Letterhead

  • Prepunched

  • Bond

  • Recycled

  • Color

  • Rough

Cardstock media can be manually printed on the second side, but no change occurs to the print mode. Transparencies and labels should not be manually printed on the second side.

To print a multiple-page document, follow these steps:

  1. Select the Print on Both Sides (Manually) check box.

  2. Click OK . The even-number pages of the document print.

  3. When the control panel shows the MANUALLY FEED message, insert the stack of media (on which the even-number pages have been printed) as indicated in the following figure.

Figure 15: Print on Both Sides Instructions dialog box

When the steps in the dialog box are completed, the second half of the print job prints on the back side of the sheets in the stack of media. The driver does not require the program to specifically support odd- and even-page printing, because the driver coordinates this function.

Flip Pages Up

Use the Flip Pages Up check box is used to specify the duplex-binding option. By default, the Flip Pages Up check box is available only when Print on Both Sides is selected.

The following table demonstrates the results of selecting this check box, depending on the media orientation selected on the Finishing tab.

Page orientation
Orientation (Finishing tab)
Flip Pages Up selected
Flip Pages Up not selected
Portrait
Short-edge binding
Long-edge binding
Landscape
Long-edge binding
Short-edge binding

When Print on Both Sides is selected, the document preview image changes to show a spiral binding along either the left edge or the top edge of the page. In addition, a folded-over corner appears in the lower-right portion of the preview image, indicating that printing occurs on the back side. An arrow on the folded-over corner points in the direction that the pages would be flipped if they were bound together.

Short-side binding is for print jobs with pages that read by flipping over like the pages of a calendar. Long-side binding is for print jobs with pages that read by turning like the pages of a book.

Booklet layout

The Booklet Layout drop-down menu, visible when Print on Both Sides is selected, offers choices that are based on the current media size. The default setting for the Booklet Printing drop-down menu is Off . The other settings have the following format, where [paper size] depends on the media size that is set on the Paper/Quality tab:

  • Left Edge Binding

  • Right Edge Binding

Selecting Left Edge Binding or Right Edge Binding changes the document preview image to show the location of the binding. If the Pages per Sheet setting is on the default setting of 1, it automatically changes to 2 pages per sheet . Changing the Pages per Sheet setting manually to 4, 6, 9, or 16 pages per sheet disables the booklet setting.

Book and Booklet Printing

The HP LaserJet P2015 supports book and booklet printing.

A book is a print job that consists of at least two pages. It can have a different media type for the front cover, first page, other pages, last page, or back cover. Use the settings on the Paper tab (available when the Use Different Paper/Covers check box is selected) to select the following printing options for the book:

  • Front Cover

  • First Page

  • Other Pages

  • Last Page

  • Back Cover

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

Print a booklet

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

  1. Click File .

  2. Click Print .

  3. Click Properties .

  4. Click the Finishing tab.

  5. Select the Print on Both Sides check box.

  6. In the Booklet Layout drop-down menu, select the type of booklet printing that is needed (for example, Right Edge Binding ).

  7. Click OK in the print driver.

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

Pages per Sheet

Use the Pages per Sheet option to select the number of pages to print on a single sheet of media.

If printing 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: Selecting an option other than 1 page per sheet makes booklet printing unavailable.

Print Page Borders

Related controls indented beneath the Pages per Sheet edit box are Print Page Borders and Page Order , which become active when Pages per Sheet is greater than 1.

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

Page Order

The Page Order drop-down menu contains 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 figure.

Figure 16: 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 the following Printing Preferences driver tabs:

  • Paper/Quality

  • Effects

  • Finishing

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

Orientation

Orientation refers to the layout of the image on the page, and does not affect the way that media feeds into the printer. Specify the orientation of the print job from the three available orientations: portrait, landscape and rotated. The default orientation is Portrait .
NOTE: Nearly all software programs establish the orientation for the printed page, so the page orientation in the driver is useful only for the few software programs that do not set an orientation.

The Orientation group box contains three options:

  • Portrait . The top edge of the document is the shorter edge of the media.

  • Landscape . The top edge of the document is the longer edge of the media.

  • Rotate by 180 o degrees . This creates a landscape or portrait orientation in which the image is rotated 180o degrees. This setting is useful for printing prepunched media.

Toggle orientation between portrait and landscape by clicking the document preview image. Selecting the Rotate by 180 o degrees check box does not change the document preview image.

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Services tab features

To gain access to the Services tab, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start .

  2. Select Settings .

  3. Click Printers (Microsoft Windows 2000) or Printers and Faxes (Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition and Microsoft Windows Server 2003) or Printers and Other Hardware Devices (Microsoft Windows XP Home).

  4. Right-click the device name.

  5. Click Printing Preferences .

  6. Click the Services tab.

The Services tab is shown in the following figure.

Figure 17: Services tab

The Services tab contains the following features:

Internet Services

The Internet Services group box contains the Select a destination drop-down menu with the following selections:

  • Support and troubleshooting . Open the product page for the HP Business Center.

  • Product manuals . Open a Web page to view or download HP LaserJet P2015 printer manuals.

  • Check for driver updates . Automatically check the print drivers to see whether the correct and most up-to-date print drivers are installed.

  • Order supplies . Open the HP SureSupply Web page and shop online for HP LaserJet P2015 printer supplies.

If the computer has Internet access, select any of these items and click Go! to open the corresponding HP Web page.

Device services

Click the Help with Printer Lights button to see information about the indicator lights on the HP LaserJet P2015 printer.

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Device Settings tab features

The Device Settings tab is in the Properties window for the print driver. To gain access to the Device Settings tab, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start .

  2. Select Settings .

  3. Click Printers (Microsoft Windows 2000) or Printers and Faxes (Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition and Microsoft Windows Server 2003) or Printers and Other Hardware Devices (Microsoft Windows XP Home).

  4. Right-click the device name.

  5. Click Properties .

  6. Click the Device Settings tab.

The Device Settings tab contains controls for media-handling devices and controls for managing the HP LaserJet P2015 printer.

Available options depend on the driver and the particular feature. The following figure shows the Device Settings tab for the HP PCL 6 Unidriver.

Figure 18: PS 3 Emulation Unidriver Device Settings tab

The following figure shows the Device Settings tab for the PS 3 Emulation Unidriver.

Figure 19: PS 3 Emulation Unidriver Device Settings tab

The Device Settings tab contains the following controls:

Form to Tray Assignment

A network administrator can use Form to Tray Assignment to specify the media size in each input tray.

The HP LaserJet P2015 printer supports more than one source of media. Use this feature to assign a form (which defines the media size and margins) to each media source. When a form is matched to a source, that form can be selected when printing. The device prints from the tray to which that form is assigned.

Network administrators can use the Form to Tray Assignment setting to specify, in the driver, the media size that is loaded into each available input tray. The use of forms constrains the choices that are available in the media-size list on the Paper/Quality tab in the Printing Preferences driver tabs. This constraint prevents (or reduces the likelihood of) tying up the printer with media-mount messages that occur when users request sizes or types that are not available.

The trays listed in the Form to Tray Assignment setting include standard trays and optional accessory trays. Generally, items that are installed separately have a separate Installable Options setting.

The input trays listed here are also listed as media sources on the Paper/Quality tab.

Steps to configure the trays are as follows:

  1. Select the appropriate tray in the Form to Tray Assignment list.

  2. Use the drop-down menu to select the media size (or form) that is loaded in that tray.

  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the remaining trays.

  4. Click OK to enable the settings, or, if necessary, click Cancel to reconfigure all the trays and remove the size and type constraints that have been imposed on the Paper/Quality tab.

Font Substitution Table

NOTE: The Font Substitution Table is available only in the PS 3 Emulation Unidriver. It is not available in the HP PCL 6 and PCL 5 unidrivers.

Use the Font Substitution Table settings to install and remove external fonts for the device. External fonts can be soft fonts or DIMM fonts.

Click the Font Substitution Table option to open a list of fonts, as show in the following figure. Use the settings to change the TrueType-to-printer font mappings.

Figure 20: Font Substitution Table

External Fonts

NOTE: The External Fonts option is available only in the HP PCL 6 and PCL unidrivers. It is not available in the PS 3 Emulation Unidriver.

Use the External Fonts option to install and remove external fonts for the device. External fonts can be soft fonts or DIMM fonts.

Click the External Fonts option to make the Properties button available. Click Properties to open the HP Font Installer dialog box, which is shown in the following figure.

Figure 21: HP Font Installer dialog box

Installing external fonts

Follow these steps to install external fonts:

  1. Click Start .

  2. Select Settings .

  3. Click Printers (Microsoft Windows 2000) or Printers and Faxes (Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003) or Printers and Other Hardware Devices (Microsoft Windows XP Home).

  4. Right-click the name of the device.

  5. Click Properties .

  6. Click the Device Settings tab.

  7. Click the External Fonts option. The Properties button appears.

  8. Click Properties . The HP Font Installer dialog box appears.

  9. Type the name and path of the font metric file in the Printer Font File Location text box, or click Browse to locate the file on the computer. The font file names appear in the Font(s) to be Added window.

  10. Select the fonts to add, and then click Add . The fonts are installed and the file names appear in the Installed Font(s) window.

  11. Click OK to close the HP Font Installer dialog box.

Removing external fonts

  1. Click Start .

  2. Select Settings .

  3. Click Printers (Microsoft Windows 2000) or Printers and Faxes (Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003) or Printers and Other Hardware Devices (Microsoft Windows XP Home).

  4. Right-click the name of the device.

  5. Click Properties .

  6. Click the Device Settings tab.

  7. Click the External Fonts option. The Properties button appears.

  8. Click Properties . The HP Font Installer dialog box appears. The external fonts that are installed appear in the Installed Fonts window.

  9. Select the fonts to remove, and then click Remove . The fonts are removed.

  10. Click OK to close the HP Font Installer dialog box.

PS 3 Emulation Unidriver Device Settings

The following controls are available and appear only in the PS 3 Emulation Unidriver Device Settings tab:

Available PostScript Memory

This control specifies the amount of available postscript memory and provides a spin box for changing this value. The available postscript memory is a subset of the device total physical memory. It is usually best to set the postscript memory to match the total RAM that appears on the configuration page. To print a configuration page, open HP ToolboxFX, select Print Info Pages , and then click Print next to the Configuration page option.

Output Protocol

This control specifies the protocol that the device uses for print jobs. The following options are available:

  • ASCII (default)

  • TBCP

  • Binary

Select ASCII to send data in ASCII format (7-bit), which might take longer to print but can be sent through any I/O channel, such as a serial, parallel, or network port.

Select TBCP (Tagged Binary Communications Protocol) to send all data except special control characters in binary (8-bit) format. The binary formats can be sent over parallel or serial communications ports and are faster than sending data in ASCII format.

Select Binary to send all data except special control characters in binary (8-bit) format. The binary formats can be sent over parallel or serial communications ports and are faster than sending data in ASCII format.

Send Ctrl-D Before Each Job

This control specifies whether the device will is reset at the beginning of every postscript document. The default setting is No . Pressing Ctrl-D resets the device to its default setting to ensure that previous print jobs do not affect the current print job. Using Ctrl-D might cause a print job to fail if the device is connected through a network. If the document fails to print when sent to a device connected through parallel or serial ports, change No to Yes .

Send Ctrl-D After Each Job

This control specifies whether the device is reset at the end of every postscript document. The default setting is Yes . Pressing Ctrl-D resets the device to its default setting to ensure that future print jobs are not affected by the current print job. Using Ctrl-D might cause a print job to fail if the device is connected through a network. If the document fails to print when sent to a network printer, change Yes to No .

Convert Gray Text to PostScript Gray

This control specifies whether to convert the true gray value (RGB) in text to the gray that the PS 3 Emulation Driver provides. The following settings are available:

  • Yes

  • No . This is the default setting.

Convert Gray Graphics to PostScript Gray

This control specifies whether to convert the true gray value (RGB) in graphics to the gray provided by the PS 3 Emulation Driver. The following settings are available:

  • Yes

  • No . This is the default setting.

Add the Euro Currency Symbol to PostScript Fonts

This control specifies whether to add the euro symbol to the printer fonts. The following settings are available:

  • Yes . This is the default setting.

  • No

Job Timeout

This control specifies how long the document can take to get from the computer to the device before the device stops trying to print the document. If 0 seconds is specified, the device continues trying to print indefinitely. The default setting is 0 seconds . Use the spin box to change this value up to a maximum of 32,767 seconds .

Wait Timeout

This control specifies how long the device waits to get more postscript information from the computer. After the specified time passes, the device stops trying to print the document and prints an error message. When printing a very complicated document, this value may need to be increased. If 0 seconds is specified, the device waits indefinitely. The default setting is 300 seconds . Use the spin box to change this value up to a maximum of 32,767 seconds .

Minimum Font Size to Download as Outline

This control specifies the minimum font size (in pixels) for which the driver downloads TrueType fonts as outline (Type 1) fonts. Any font smaller than the minimum setting is downloaded as a bitmap (Type 3) font. Use this option to fine-tune the Automatic setting for the TrueType Font Download option on the Advanced tab in Document Defaults . The default setting is 100 pixel(s) . Use the spin box to change this value up to a maximum of 32,767 pixels.

Maximum Font Size to Download as Outline

This control specifies the maximum font size (in pixels) for which the driver will download TrueType fonts as bitmap (Type 3) fonts. A font larger than the maximum setting will be downloaded as an outline (Type 1) font. Use this option to fine-tune the Automatic setting or override the Send TrueType as Bitmap setting for the TrueType Font Download option on the Advanced tab in Document Defaults . The default setting is 600 pixel(s) . The spin box can be used to change this value to a maximum of 32,767 pixels.

Installable Options

Tray 3

This control specifies whether tray 3, an optional 250-sheet tray, is installed on the device. The default setting is Not Installed .

Duplex Unit (for 2-Sided Printing)

The HP LaserJet P2015d, the HP LaserJet P2015dn, and the HP LaserJet P2015x printer models come with a duplex unit installed. This setting is enabled (Installed ) by default for those models.

These printer models support smart duplexing. The device uses the smart duplexing feature to detect information on both sides of the print job pages and runs the pages through the duplexing unit only if printable information appears on the second side of the page.

The HP LaserJet P2015 printer supports smart duplexing. The device uses the smart duplexing feature to detect information on both sides of the print job pages and only runs the pages through the duplexing unit if printable information appears on the second side of the page.

Allow Manual Duplexing

Select Allow Manual Duplexing to print on both sides of any size and most types of media (except transparencies, envelopes and labels). To use this feature, reinsert the media stack into the input tray to print the second side. The device pauses while the user makes this adjustment.

This setting is enabled by default.

Printer Memory

This option matches the setting to the amount of memory that is installed in the device. The driver generates ranges of memory that can be selected, up to the maximum that the device can accept. The driver can use this information to manage how the print driver uses the device memory.

Mopier Mode

The multiple-original print (mopy) function is an HP-designed feature that produces multiple, collated copies from a single print job. Multiple-original printing (mopying) increases performance and reduces network traffic by transmitting the job to the device once, and then storing it in memory. The remainder of the copies are printed at the fastest speed. All documents that are printed in mopier mode can be created, controlled, managed, and finished from the computer, which eliminates the extra step of using a photocopier.

The HP LaserJet P2015 supports the transmit-once mopying feature when the Mopier Mode: setting on the Device Settings tab is Enabled .
NOTE: Mopier mode requires 96 MB or more of RAM to be installed in the printer.

Use the HP PCL 6 Unidriver, HP PCL 5e Unidriver, or PS 3 Emulation Unidriver to perform mopying in one of two ways: either through the software or through the device hardware. When the mopier is enabled, mopying takes place through the device hardware by default. One copy of a multiple-page print job is transmitted once through the network to the device, together with a printer job language (PJL) command directing the device to make the specified number of copies.

When the mopier is disabled, mopying is not necessarily disabled. The driver can perform mopying through the software rather than the device hardware (the mopying path that is disabled when the Mopy Mode setting is changed to Disabled ). However, sending a multiple-copy print job when the mopier is disabled eliminates the advantage of transmitting the print job once, because the job is sent through the network for each copy.

Mopier mode and collation

Mopying and collating print jobs are independent but closely related functions. The print driver performs mopying, sending original print jobs to the device. Either the print driver or the document software program can control collation.

The mopying mode is selected by default in the driver, and can be disabled by changing the Mopier Mode setting on the Device Settings tab to Disabled .

Control collation through the print driver by selecting or clearing the Collated check box on the Advanced tab. Clear the check box, which is available only when the Copy Count option is set to more than 1 copy, to allow the software program to control collation.

To receive uncollated multiple copies of a print job, clear the Collated check box and make sure that the software program collation feature is not selected.

The following table shows the relation between mopier mode settings and collation settings in the software program and the driver. The first three columns show the settings. The last column, 'Expected result', shows how a 3-page print job would appear.

Driver mopier mode and collation settings
Mopier mode
Application collation
Driver collation
Expected result
Disabled
Not selected
Not selected
3 copies uncollated
Disabled
Not selected
Selected
3 copies uncollated
Disabled
Selected
Not selected
3 copies collated
Disabled
Selected
Selected
3 copies collated
Enabled
Not selected
Not selected
3 copies uncollated
Enabled
Not selected
Selected
3 copies uncollated
Enabled
Selected
Not selected
3 copies collated
Enabled
Selected
Selected
3 copies collated

Postscript Passthrough (PS 3 Emulation Unidriver only)

Postscript Passthrough is enabled by default, and must be enabled for most print jobs. Postscript passthrough provides additional capabilities for some software programs when printing to a postscript driver. Options such as Watermarks , n-up and Booklet Printing might not print correctly from some software programs with Postscript Passthrough enabled, because such programs send postscript information that the driver cannot control. Other programs might print using these options without problems. Select Disabled and print the document again if problems are encountered.
NOTE: In some cases, disabling Postscript Passthrough can cause unexpected results within a software program.

JPEG Passthrough (PS 3 Emulation Unidriver only)

The JPEG Passthrough setting contains the following options:

  • Disable . When this option is selected, images sent as JPEG are printed as bitmaps, resulting in faster printing.

  • Enable . When this option is selected, images sent as JPEG are printed as JPEG (JPEG passthrough).

  • Auto . When this option is selected, the printer connection type is automatically detected. For network (TCP/IP) connections, JPEG passthrough is disabled. For parallel (LTP), DOT4, and USB connections, JPEG passthrough is enabled.

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About tab features

The About tab is in the Properties for the print driver. To gain access to the print driver Properties , click Start on the Microsoft Window task bar, select Settings , and then click Printers (Microsoft Windows 2000) or Printers and Faxes (Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition and Microsoft Windows Server 2003) or Printers and Other Hardware Devices (Microsoft Windows XP Home).

  1. Click Start .

  2. Select Settings .

  3. Click Printers (Microsoft Windows 2000) or Printers and Faxes (Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003) or Printers and Other Hardware Devices (Microsoft Windows XP Home).

  4. Right-click the device name.

  5. Click Properties .

  6. Click the About tab.

The About tab provides detailed information about the driver. It contains an overall build number (in parentheses following the model name) together with specific information about each of the components. The information varies according to the HP LaserJet P2015 model number, driver, date, and versions. The About tab is shown in the following figure.

Figure 22: About tab

The About lists driver installation file names and their version numbers. The About tab also indicates whether the driver was autoconfigured, whether administrator preferences were set, the date the driver was last configured, and whether the configuration is default or user-defined.

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