Article 12: The Mouse, the Printer and You; or, more on the Control Panel
Whenever you use your computer, you probably use your mouse to navigate to documents or the Internet, and you may print hard copies of your work. Using the Control Panel, you can set personal preferences for the way your mouse and printer work.
Reminder: How do I open the Windows Control Panel?
Generally, the examples in this article will relate to Windows XP, but in Windows 98, you'll find very similar functions
Changing the way your mouse works
Though you may take your mouse for granted, assuming that it can work only one way, in fact you can adjust its performance. Perhaps you would like it to move more quickly or slowly, or change how quickly you have to double-click. If you're left-handed, you may wish to switch the way the buttons work. These are only some of the mouse functions that can be changed using the Control Panel. To reverse your mouse buttons , or change the double-click speed:
Changing printer settings
Most of us have a printer connected to our computers. In the Control Panel, you can change the default settings for your printer. Whatever you change in the Control Panel will determine the general operating procedure of your printer. (You can override these settings for specific documents, and I'll show you how.)
Changing the default settings
Printer ink often costs more than the printer itself. But you can decide how much ink is used in your documents by adjusting the Quality Settings in your printer preferences.
My HP printer offers me the choice of four different settings: Best, Normal , Draft, and Custom. When I installed my printer, the Normal setting was automatically chosen as the default for my documents. But if I change the setting to Draft, my documents still print beautifully and use much less ink. I also like to print my documents in black-and-white unless I specifically request color. Finally, I want to avoid collating; in other words, I want the pages to print in reverse order so that the first page of my documents will be at the top of the pile. Here's how to change the quality, ink color, and page order settings:
(Please note: The labels for particular settings differ from printer to printer, but the functions are more-or-less the same. So if your printer settings differ from what is listed belowódon't give up. Find the parallel setting for your printer.)
Overriding the default settings
When you're in a specific document, and you wish to print in a different quality or color, or change any other setting, do the following: