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If you have a bi directional printer then you can increase the print speed by enabling it in the properties. Most older printers only print in one direction and the return to a home position to print again. Bi directional printers will print in both directions so there is not wasted movement of the print head.

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I dont see enable bi-directional printing under ports tab


Please follow the steps below to enable bi-directional support:
  1. On your computer, go to Control Panel.
  2. Go to Printers & Faxes / Printers.
  3. Right-click on the Lexmark printer, and then select Properties from the menu.
  4. Click the Ports tab.
  5. Click the box next to Enable bidirectional support if it is not already checked.
  6. Click Apply.
  7. Click OK, and then try to print again.

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Trying to print to a dell photo aio printer 964 from my laptop and it keeps telling me "communication not available; the printer cannot communicate with the computer; please turn on enable...


Bidirectional Printing - A means of printing by a computer printer which prints one line from left to right, then the following line from right to left. Such printing is faster than printing in one direction only, as there is no need to wait for the carriage or other imaging mechanism to return to the left margin before starting a line.
how to enable bi-directional printing.here's how:
  1. -click on start
  2. -click on printers and faxes (control panel->printers and faxes)
  3. -right-click on Dell Photo All in One Printer 964 All-In-One icon
  4. - click on properties
  5. -click on ports tab
  6. -down at the bottom there's a small box before bi-directional support
  7. -tick the box to enable it then click apply,ok
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note: in vista , printers and faxes is printers.in win 7 ,it's devices and printers.
and properties in win 7 is printer properties


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Open Printers and Faxes in control Panel
Right Click on the Printers Icon
Select PROPERTIES
In the Properties dialog box select the PORTS tab
Near the bottom there is a check box to enable Bi-directional printing
Make sure it is checked
Click OK to exit the dialog box


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What it means Enable Bidirectional Communication


To enable bi directional printing:
Open Printers and Faxes in control Panel
Right Click on the Printers Icon
Select PROPERTIES
In the Properties dialog box select the PORTS tab
Near the bottom there is a check box to enable Bi-directional printing
Make sure it is checked
Click OK to exit the dialog box

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