Driving and Inking

Which of these methods would be the best way to test the functionality of your Windows printer driver?

A) Run a test print from the printer’s console

B) Run a test print from Printer Properties

C) Run a test print from your favorite word processing application

D) Run a test print using a document from another computer

E) Are you out of ink AGAIN?

The answer: B) Run a test print from Printer Properties

The Windows test print is designed to test the capabilities of the print driver by sending a relatively simple output page using the Windows printing system. Instead of complicating the issue with third-party applications, the built-in test print narrows your troubleshooting to just the necessary components.

Want to know more? Watch “Troubleshooting Printer Problems.”

Resolving printer issues is one of the more challenging aspects of your CompTIA A+ career. The printing process includes different devices, network connections, and moving parts. In this video, you’ll learn how to gather troubleshooting information, identify solutions, and resolve some of the most common printing issues.