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windows 8 printingPrinting Everything You Need To Know About Printing Emails Everything You Need To Know About Printing Emails Even in paperless times of ours, there are situations when you have to print out emails. For instance, you might need to submit it as a physical document. You might want to have a physical... Read More has changed in Windows 8 We've Actually Used It - What Does MakeUseOf Think Of Windows 8? We've Actually Used It - What Does MakeUseOf Think Of Windows 8? If you haven’t installed Windows 8 yet; don’t worry, we’re technology writers - it’s our job to test these things out for you. Quite a few MakeUseOf staff including myself have taken the plunge and... Read More – there’s now a standard way of printing in every Modern app. However, like many things about Microsoft’s new Modern interface, printing is not immediately intuitive for many users, especially those used to the old way of printing. Printing is still the same on the desktop, so you don’t have to learn anything new for your desktop applications.

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How to Print From Modern Apps

Modern apps don’t have a File menu where you’ll find a Print option, and they don’t have a Print button on their action bars either. To print in a Modern app, you’ll need to use the charms bar.

First, open an app and view the content you want to print, such as a web page in the Modern version of Internet Explorer or a PDF document in the Reader app.

Next, open the charms bar. Either swipe Everything You Need To Know About Windows 8 Swipe Gestures On A Laptop Everything You Need To Know About Windows 8 Swipe Gestures On A Laptop With the introduction of Windows 8, a lot of brand-new touch-friendly features have been added to make the operating system enjoyable to use on touch-enabled devices. However, for typical laptops which only have touchpads for... Read More inwards from the right side of your screen, press the Windows Key + C, or move your mouse cursor to the top or bottom right corners of the screen and move the cursor towards the center of the edge of the screen.

Tap or click the Devices icon once the charms bar appears. (You can also quickly access the Devices charm from anywhere by pressing Windows Key + K.)

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You’ll see a list of connected printers and other devices you can print to. If the app you’re using doesn’t support printing, you won’t see any printers in the list. You may also see other devices in the Devices list, such as additional monitors connected to your computer.

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Tap the printer you want to print to and you’ll see some basic printing settings. Printer drivers can customize the options that appear here, so you’ll see different options depending on your printer. Tap or click Print to print the document.

You can also tap or click More Settings to view and customized more advanced printer settings, such as the orientation of the document and type of paper you’re using.

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How To Print From Desktop Apps

You can print from desktop applications like you always have. Just click the File menu and select Print. In applications without a File menu, such as Google’s Chrome browser, you can often click another menu button or right-click the page and select Print.

While you can access the Devices charm from the desktop, it won’t allow you to print from any desktop applications.

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Connecting To Network Printers

You can add network printers 4 Of The Best Printers For Connecting To A Wireless Network 4 Of The Best Printers For Connecting To A Wireless Network Read More from the Control Panel on the desktop, just as you could in Windows 7 The Windows 7: Ultimate Guide The Windows 7: Ultimate Guide If you are afraid to upgrade from Vista or XP because you feel it is completely different to what you are used to, you should read this new guide. Read More and earlier versions of Windows. All printers you add will appear both on the desktop and in the Modern environment.

Click the View Devices and Printers option in the Control Panel window and use the Add a Printer button to add a network printer.

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Printing To PDF Files

Windows still doesn’t ship with support for printing to PDF files, although you can still print a document to an XPS file, a proprietary format Microsoft created in an unsuccessful attempt to replace PDF files. You’ll need to download a third-party program if you want to print to PDF files. We’ve had good luck with the free CutePDF Writer in the past.

Once installed, a PDF option will appear in your list of installed printers – both in Modern apps and in desktop apps.

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A New Printer Driver Architecture

As a new version of Windows, Windows 8 comes with more printer drivers integrated. Many printers will work out-of-the-box without you having to install anything.

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Many printers will work out-of-the-box. This is important, as Windows RT Windows RT - What You Can & Can't Do Windows RT - What You Can & Can't Do Windows RT edition was discreetly launched about a month and a half ago with the flagship Microsoft Surface RT tablet device. Though visually indistinguishable from Windows 8, there are some key differences as to what... Read More (the ARM version of Windows used for the Microsoft Surface RT Microsoft Surface Tablet Review and Giveaway Microsoft Surface Tablet Review and Giveaway The Surface tablet is a flagship Microsoft product -- its first foray into the tablet market as a hardware manufacturer. It’s almost as locked-down as the iPad - the only applications you can install and... Read More and other Windows-on-ARM devices) doesn’t allow users to install drivers or other desktop software, so the only printers that work with Windows RT are the ones that Windows supports out-of-the-box.

Printers can optionally specify a Modern app that will be automatically installed from the Windows Store when you connect them to your computer. Microsoft wants these Modern apps to replace the desktop-based printer utilities, providing a cleaner, more unified experience with standard system notifications for printer events, such as “low on ink” messages. However, few printers support this at the moment. You may have to download and install a software package from your manufacturer’s website to get such features.

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