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Stop test page from printing

Everytime I print something, a test page is first printed. This is a waste of paper & ink. How can I get this to stop?

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  • jogger91 May 31, 2009

    I've been all thru the preferences & can't find anything about a test page...



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Look in Printer Preferences or in a dialog box in the Print window for a check box to disable test page.

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