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Set your printer timeout

You may be able to reduce the occurrence of error messages by adjusting the printer’s timeout values in Windows.

Windows doesn’t hesitate to tell you when there’s a printing problem. For example, you may try sending a print job as the printer is warming up. Normally, Windows will try re-sending the print job after a preset “timeout” period. You may be able to reduce the occurrence of error messages by adjusting the printer’s timeout values. Click Start, Settings, Printers. Then right-click your regular printer, and then choose Properties. Select the Details tab and locate the two timeout numbers at the bottom of the box. The Not Selected entry sets the period of time that Windows will wait before it stops trying to send the print job–afterward you’ll see an error message. The Transmission Retry entry is the amount of time that Windows will wait (after that error message) before trying to print again. Adjust these settings as you require, then click OK and try printing again.

Formerly part of Computer Currents, Stephen J. Bigelow’s Computer Advisor column has been resurrected on computeruser.com as a daily tech tip column. Find Stephen at www.dlspubs.com.

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