Printing from Applications

After you have set up a printer, printing from any application should work without problems. In the case of KDE applications, printing is handled through Kprinter (see Figure 19-4), which is a common printing interface with nice features such as the ability to print multiple pages on one page. Kprinter both acts as a common print dialog box in all KDE applications and can be used as a standalone printing application. In KDE, you can print files simply by dragging them from Konqueror and dropping them into the Kprinter window. In addition to printing to available printers that have been set up, Kprinter supports printing to files in PostScript and PDF.

FIGURE 19-4

Using Kprinter

FIGURE 19-4

Using Kprinter

KDE also has a print monitor. When Kprinter has sent a job for printing, the print status monitor Kjobviewer appears (initially as an icon in the notification area system tray) to show the progress of the print jobs.

Other applications may print directly to the print system rather than going through Kprinter.

GNOME has its own print tools: the print dialog boxes in the native GNOME applications, and gnome-cups-manager, which includes both a print queue viewer and a tool for adding printers. We advise sticking to YaST for that job, however.

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