Some printers have control panels with buttons to select options. Other printers use the printer driver options. You can set options globally or per document.
The global method refers to printer options that are set to affect all documents. Each time a document is printed, the global options are used, unless they are overridden by per document selections.
To change the global configuration of a printer in Windows 7, use the following path:
Start > Control Panel > Devices and Printers > right-click the printer
To designate a default printer, right-click the printer and select Set as default printer, as shown in the figure.
To change the orientation of the page to landscape in Windows 7, right-click the printer and select Printing Preferences. In the Layout tab, select landscape in the Orientation drop-down menu. Click OK.
To change the global configuration of a printer in Windows Vista and Windows XP, use the following path:
Start > Control Panel > Printers and Faxes > right-click the printer
To designate a default printer, right-click the printer and select Set as default printer.
NOTE: Depending on the driver installed, the Set as default printer option might not be available. In this case, double-click the printer to open the Document Status window, and then choose Printer > Set as default printer.
Per Document Method
Letters, spreadsheets, and digital images are some of the document types that may require special printer settings. You can change the settings for an individual document by changing the document print settings.