Not a 'Help topic -just curious- just what does

  jack 09:08 16 Feb 2010

A word processing document 'tell' a printer?
Thus far with my various inkjet printers- when I click print- they print what is sent- So I may set a page size to say A5- compose the text -send it to print- and the printer- if loaded with A4 paper simply printed the smaller item onto the A4 sheet -offset or centred.
Now a nice new colour laser- as Above 'small' doc- A4 in tray.
Press print - nozzing
Press print again and open the print activity page.
It shows 'Spooling' then 'printing'
But the printer just sat.
Then up popped a message -'Wrong paper in tray'
Opening the printers online help file- and one of the suggestions was- 'If item does not print copy the document into 'Word Pad' then try
So I did - and lo it printed.
So MS word[Office 2000] must tell the printer something in this instance - that humble inkjet must ignore or not comprehend.
What do you all think?

  wiz-king 09:58 16 Feb 2010

I have a photocopier that does that! It has some photocells in the tray that can 'see' the paper and if it is not the right size it flashes up a warning on the screen. Sometimes its useful but mostly a nuisance.

  Labdweller 16:06 16 Feb 2010

I wish printers just all used a standardised format. For example, Postscript (click here).

Then we might not all have word processing issues or even OS incompatibility when buying new printers.

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