Printing the current topic

Printing the current topic

General Print Options

On the File Menu, click Print... (shortcut Ctrl+P) or click the Tool print.jpg button on the toolbar to print the current topic.

This function prints a copy of the topic currently displayed on the screen. The standard File Print dialog box appears.

If you specified the Fast Print... option, this dialog will only appear once, and will be suppressed between printing subsequent drawings. Note that other print options can be specified in the Print Settings tab of the Options dialog.


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  • Printer: The currently selected printer. If you have more than one printer available, you can click on the down arrow on the Name: drop-down list box to select a different printer.
  • Properties button: Opens a printer-specific dialog box. This dialog box contains further options, which allow you to configure your output and/or your printer. For help with your printer's options, consult the manuals that came with your printer.
  • Print to File: Redirects printer output to a file on disk. This option is handy if you don't have a printer connected directly to your PC and/or you don't have access to a printer on a network. When this option is selected, and you click on the OK button, you will be prompted for a destination (path and) file name. In order to print the PRN files, you will need to create a batch file in your Windows folder containing the line "copy %l lpt<x> where x represents the correct LPT port number (for example, LPT1). You will have to associate PRN or PS file extensions with this newly created batch file. Create a shortcut on your desktop to this file and drag and drop the PRN or PS file to the shortcut when you wish to get a print out of a particular file. For a more complete description of this procedure, click on http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q158081/ to connect to the Microsoft web site for an article on PRN files.
  • Print Range: Specify if you want to print the entire topic or the highlighted selection (if you have selected something).
  • Copies: Number of copies to print.
  • Advanced Options: Launch the advanced options dialog to specify more information about your print request. The name of the document you are about to print is displayed at the top of the dialog.

Advanced Print Options

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  • Add Caption: Adds a caption to the bottom of the page that you are printing.
  • Print Full Sheet: Suppresses title, caption, date etc.
  • Include the following on the print: Choose from the options listed what you want to have appear on your printed document.
    • Annotations: Check this option if you want the annotations that you made on your drawings or graphics to show up on your printout.
    • Live Loop Annotations: This option is disabled, but currently Live Loop Annotations always print.
    • Error Markers: Check this option to print error markers. They do not print by default.
    • Hotspots: This option is disabled, but currently hotspots never print.
    • Vegas Lights: Displays the current vegas lights highlight on the printout.
  • Device Independent Print: Use this if your printed image does not accurately depict your viewing image (it is slower than regular device dependent printing). DIB (device-independant bitmap) printing circumvents any interpretation of the drawing primitives by the printer.
  • No Color Reversal: Check this option if your graphics have white backgrounds and you do not wish to have the color reversed to black.
  • Modify Title/Caption Font: Change the type and size of font used for printing the caption.

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