how do i print in fast draft?

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  1. turnstylez18 macrumors regular

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    whenever i print there is no option to show to do a fast draft...any way around this? i have a macbook and a hp deskjet 3845...i installed the disk for it as well...

    i just dont want all my printings to be taking up all my ink
     
  2. mrdouble macrumors newbie

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    Mac HP FAST DRAFT option

    I have a new HP all in one unit. It works great and the drivers and software all loaded fine. Still, I am unable to print "fast draft". Just as the guy above, I'm concerned about all the ink used for printing out everyday crap.
     
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    In the Print dialog if you switch to ColorSync there's a Quartz filter that can be changed. There's a few options there like decrease brightness, grey tone, etc. Do any of these meet your needs? I don't have a printer so not something I run into. You could always switch to using grey text :)
     
  4. emptyCup macrumors 65816

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    From the Print Dialog Box: Select Print Settings from the Drop Down Menu > Mode: Advanced > Quality: Draft.
     
  5. Bobfl macrumors newbie

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    I also have the same problem. Sent for HP driver loaded it and still can't seem to select draft mode printing. Works fine on my PC laptop. A little disappointing on my new Mac.
     
  6. stuff99 macrumors 6502

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    I have the same problem and I use a HP Laserjet 1012

    wheres the print dialogue box?
     
  7. mrdouble macrumors newbie

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    I pulled up "print and fax" dialog but at least with leopard,I found no drop down menu.

    I did however download the full drivers and support files for printer but still nothing that I can find
     
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  9. tshoaf macrumors newbie

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    Solved

    I struggled with this for half an hour, before looking here, found no answer, looked again, and felt like an IDIOT...

    Yes I'm using leopard.

    When you click print and the dialogue box shows up, next to the printer theres a little down arrow, slightly misleading at looks as if the menu is already expanded... contrarily... it actually is not. Click said arrow and the menu will expand.

    Located between the orientation icons and the radio button for Print header and footer, you will see a selection box, click the arrow and select Paper Type / Quality and then select your options for printer speed etc. All of the options for printing are contained within the options selectable from the dropped menu.
     

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  10. macornomac macrumors 6502

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    Here is a noob question but what the hell is fast draft?????
     
  11. montycat macrumors 6502

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    Its a print that uses little ink. Its not great quality but it saves a lot of ink. I use it all the time for unimportant things
     
  12. macornomac macrumors 6502

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    hmm great I'll have to use that because pretty much everything I print at home is unimportant, haha. I print the good stuff at work if needed.
     
  13. stuff99 macrumors 6502

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    cool

    ill try this the next time I need to print something
     
  14. chrismac00 macrumors 6502a

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    If Fast Draft is like a "Quick Print" sort of thing, I need help too. But I have a Canon PIXMA iP1800. I can do it on my Lexmark printer, but it isn't compatible with my MacBook. So does anyone know how I can Fast Draft or Quick Print with the Canon Pixma?
     
  15. stuff99 macrumors 6502

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    well i tried following your instructions but it doesnt look like my printer supports draft mode under osx.
     
  16. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I have a Canon MP640 (it's a photo printer) and I don't have anything like that either.. do any of these options save ink?
     

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  17. chrismac00 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think so. Maybe it's just with the Canons. Or an OSX flaw.
     
  18. kruzin00 macrumors newbie

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    Thank You!

    Thank you. :) This has been driving me crazy ever since I installed Leopard and downloaded the newest drivers for my HP printer. Now my question is, will this keep my printer set to FAST DRAFT or do I have to do this every time I print? I have a job that requires me to print out tons of things during the day and I want the default setting to be FAST DRAFT, but I can't find any place to make it so (unless this works). I'm not at work right now to try it out so I thought I'd ask in case I need to do something special tomorrow morning when I get there. BTW, I have an HP 4280 Photosmart printer if that makes a difference.


     
  19. kruzin00 macrumors newbie

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    Fast Draft as Default

    Is there a way to set FAST DRAFT as my default setting? Now that you all have shown me how to get to that option, I don't see any SAVE or APPLY buttons to keep it there. I do a lot of printing at my job and opening all these windows to get to fast draft every time is almost as slow as printing in normal mode. :(

    THANKS
     
  20. misterredman macrumors 6502a

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    You should use the "Presets" drop down menu to save the settings you want. It's the one just below the printer selection menu, always in the same dialog box (look at the above pictures).
     
  21. kruzin00 macrumors newbie

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    How Do I Save?

    Maybe I'm just not getting it, but that's where I found the option to use Fast Draft, but it doesn't save the setting. Every time I want to print, I have to go there again and reset it. How do I keep it set to Fast Draft.

    This printer is shared by the Windows side of my computer and if I could get it to save that setting as the default, I'm pretty sure I could use the Fast Draft on that side as well.

    Thanks.


     
  22. misterredman macrumors 6502a

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    Are you saying you used the "Presets" menu to save your settings and it didn't work?

    [​IMG]
     
  23. kruzin00 macrumors newbie

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    You are an angel--thank you. I never even noticed the Preset menu. Before I installed Leopard, my printer menu was entirely different and it was easy to set to whatever I wanted. This one now (thanks to you) works fine on the Mac side. Unfortunately, on the Windows side of my computer (which I'm forced to use at work), it doesn't. So I'm stuck with slow, ink wasting printing there. You'd think since the printer is based on the Mac side and only shared with the Windows side, the Mac setting would work for both, but no. :(

    Thanks again!!

     
  24. atlanticza macrumors 6502a

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    Cups?

    Not sure if this may help but Macs also have the former Unix utility, CUPS (Common Unix Printing Service) installed and printers can be managed in this way. For access to this, type the numbers 127.0.0.1:631 into your browser.
     
  25. kruzin00 macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, I'll check it out.:)



     

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