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Printer driver that enables direct jump from application to property panel

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000167546D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Feb-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Feb-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A printer driver program that enables users to display the printer property panel directly from application and improves the usability in printing.

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Printer driver that enables direct jump from application to property panel

A printer driver program that enables users to display the printer property panel directly from application and improves the usability in printing.

.Disclosed is a printer driver program that enables users to display the printer property panel directly from application and improves the usability in printing.

1. Background

When a user of Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003 prints a document, the user makes a setup on printer driver's setup panels.

A printer driver has 2 setup panels, ie. "Printer Property" and "Print Setting" (another name of the second panel is "Document Property").

"Printer Property" panel is independent from each application and used for common setting of the system.

"Print Setting" panel is displayed from each application in printing and used for each print setting.

The figure 1 is a sample of "Printer Property" panel.

The figure 2 is a sample of traditional "Print Setting" panel.

Fig. 1: Sample of "Printer Property" panel

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Fig. 2: Sample of traditional "Print Setting" panel

It is easy for a user to display the "Print Setting" panel from application in printing, while it requires complicated operation for the user to display the "Printer Property" panel though "Print Setting" panel actually often needs to be displayed.

For example, assume that a user of Microsoft Word wants to print a document and "Printer Property" has the following settings:

Printer Port: FILE


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