Like other operating systems, Windows 2000 Professional supports print spooling. Rather than going directly to the printer, applications can print to a Windows-managed print spool. The operating system then takes care of sending the print job to the printer. The advantage is that you don't have to wait for the document to finish printing before resuming use of the application. As far as the application is concerned, once the document is in the spool, it's printed, allowing the app to go on about its business.
For most people, the default settings for print spooling work just fine. In some cases, though, you might need to tweak the settings or turn off spooling. Spool settings are configured on a per-printer basis. Here's how to configure print spooling:
1. Open the Printers folder and right-click the printer in question.
2. Choose Properties and then click the Advanced page.
3. Select the option Print Directly To The Printer To Bypass Spooling.
If you choose to use spooling, you can specify that printing begins as soon as the data starts flowing to the queue, or you can configure it so the entire document moves to the spool before printing starts. The latter option can resolve printing problems, particularly with long documents.
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