110. Print a Drawing
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
107 Create a New Drawing
108 Open an Existing Drawing
111 Draw from Scratch
110. Print a Drawing
Once you're done creating your drawing, you'll want to print it to paper. Draw supports the standard printing options that most Windows programs support. If your drawing uses color and you have a color printer, the colors print just fine. Otherwise, the colored areas will print in shades of black and gray (and still look fine!).
Be sure to save your drawing before you print it. Actually, it's a good idea to select File, Save or click the Save button to save your drawing throughout the creation and editing of that drawing. If your printer jams or the Windows print queue messes up during the printing process (rare, but it can happen), you could lose changes you made to the drawing before you printed it.
If you select File, Export as PDF , Draw saves your document in the common PDF format, which you can send to any computer with Adobe Acrobat Reader, allowing the users to view or print your drawing even if they don't have Draw (see 36 Save a Document as a PDF File for information on PDF terminology and usage).
| | Choose File, Print
from the File
menu. The Print
dialog box opens.
Unlike Writer and Calc, Draw does not support a print preview featureand it doesn't need one. What you see in the drawing area (in Normal view) is what your drawing will look like when you print it.
| | Select a Printer
Select the printer you want to print to from the Name
drop-down list in the Printer
If you have a fax modem, you can select your fax from the Name list to send your drawing to a fax recipient.
You can set the print options for the majority of your drawings in the Options dialog box. See 106 Set Draw Options .
Adjust the Properties
If you want to adjust any printer settings, click the Properties button. The dialog box that appears when you click Properties varies from printer to printer. Click OK to close the printer's Properties dialog box once you've made any needed changes. If, for example, your printer's properties support multiple pages per sheet, you can select the number of slides you want on each printed page (as opposed to the one slide per page that Draw normally prints). You can also use the Properties dialog box to select the paper type and print quality you want.
| | Adjust the Print Options
Click the Options
button to display the Printer Options
dialog box. From the Printer Options
dialog box, you can adjust several print settings, such as whether you want to print in grayscale or black and white (to save color ink or toner), whether you want the date and time printed, and whether you want Draw to scale down your drawing to fit a single printed page if needed.
Although it's called the Printer Options dialog box, this dialog box is not printer specific; rather, it controls the way your drawing appears when printed. If, for instance, you want to produce a brochure, you could click to select the Brochure option and specify whether you want Draw to print on both the front and back of the paper. For automatic double-sided printing, you need a printer that supports double-sided printing.
If you select Tile pages , and if the drawing's page size is smaller than the paper size you're printing on, this option prints multiple copies of each slide in a tiled pattern, on a single piece of paper. To change the page size used in a drawing, choose Format, Page , click the Page tab, select User from the Format list, and enter the dimensions you want to use for the Width and Height .
Click the OK
button to close the Printer Options
Select What to Print
Click to select either All or Pages to designate whether you want to print the entire drawing ( assuming that the drawing contains multiple slides) or only a portion of it. If you clicked Pages , type the slide number you want to print, or a range of slide numbers (such as 25 or 110, 1525 ).
Determine the Number of Copies to Print
Click the arrow next to the Number of Copies option to determine how many copies you want to print.
Print the Drawing
Once you've determined how many pages and copies to print, click the OK button to print your drawing and close the Print dialog box.