CCNC/CCNC Module 5/Outputting and sharing data/Printing

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Preparing to Print | Printing | Other Formats | Self Assessment | Summary & FAQs

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Upon completion of this tutorial the learner will be able to:
  • Identify the three different printing options
  • access the three options via toolbar buttons and menus
  • Change the orientation and attributes of a page

Print buttons

Figure 1. Print PDF toolbar button

Use this toolbar button to print to a PDF file.

Figure 2. Print toolbar button

Use this toolbar button to print to a printer.

Figure 3. Print preview toolbar button

Use this toolbar button to preview the printed output. The preview will show what will be printed given the print settings.

Print menus

The tasks that can be performed by pressing toolbar buttons can also be selected by chossing menu items. The previous three button tasks have the following respective menu items.

Print PDF Print Print Preview
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Preview a Form or Report

You may wish to preview a report (or a form) before you print it. To do this open the report and click on File > Page Preview. This will give you an accurate representation of what the report will look like when printed. Click on Close Preview to exit and go back to the normal view of the report.

Print Setup

Figure 5. Print setup

When sending a report or form to the printer it is necessary to choose the printer and the properties of the print task. To access the properties use the "Properties" button on the print setup dialog.

Figure 6. Print properties

Changing the orientation

Figure 7. Print orientation

To change the orientation of the report right-click on the report name and choose Edit. This will open the report in Writer which allows you to make the necessary page layout changes. Click on Format > Page > Page to make the desired changes.

Test your knowledge

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1. The three print buttons are; 'Print Settings', 'Print File Directly' and 'Page Preview'?

Incorrect, the three buttons are; 'Export Directly as PDF', 'Print File Directly' and 'Page Preview'. Click here to review the topic.
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