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OS X El Capitan: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Making the Printout

You can’t miss the Print dialog box. It appears, like it or not, whenever you choose File→Print in one of your programs.

The options you encounter depend on the printer you’re using. They also depend on whether or not you expand the dialog box by clicking the Show Details button. That reveals a lot of useful options, including a handy preview; see Figure 13-3.

If you expand the box, the options you find vary by printer. But here are the common options:

  • Printer. If you have more than one printer connected to your Mac, then you can indicate which you want to use for a particular printout by choosing its name from this pop-up menu.

  • Presets. Here’s a way to preserve your favorite print settings: Once you’ve proceeded through this dialog box, specifying the number of copies, which printer trays you want the paper taken from, and so on, you can choose Save As from the pop-up menu and then assign your settings set a name (like “Borderless, 2 copies”). Thereafter, you’ll be able to recreate that elaborate suite of settings simply by choosing its name from this pop-up menu.

  • Copies. Type the number of copies you want printed. The Collated checkbox controls the printing order for the pages. For example, if you print two copies of a three-page document, the Mac generally prints the pages in this order: 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3. If you turn off Collated, on the other hand, it prints in this order: 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3.

  • Pages. You don’t have to print an entire document—you can print, say, only ...

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