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Microsoft KB Archive/100199

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Printing Envelopes on the Panasonic KX-P4450 or 4450i Printers



The information in this article applies to:


  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b, 2.0c, 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c





SUMMARY

This article contains instructions you can use to print envelopes in Word for Windows using the Create Envelope command on a Panasonic KX-P4450 or KX-P4450i printer with the following configurations:


  • KX-P4450 using PCL4X.DRV version 1.10 and optional envelope tray
  • KX-P4450i using PCL4X.DRV version 1.10 and optional envelope tray or manual feed slot on standard paper tray
  • KX-P4450i using HP LaserJet Series IID printer driver
  • KX-P4450 using HP LaserJet Series IID printer driver



MORE INFORMATION

The Panasonic KX-P4450 and KX-P4450i printers recognize the optional envelope tray only when it is in the lower paper tray slot. The KX-P4450i also has a manual feed slot on top of the standard paper tray that you can use to print envelopes.

The envelope tray accommodates the following range of envelope dimensions:

   Height:  3 1/4 inches  to  4 7/16 inches
   Length:  8 inches      to  10 inches 

For best results, you should use the Panasonic KX-P4450/4450i printer driver version 1.10 (PCL4X.DRV), available on the Windows Driver Library (WDL). You should also use version 3.1.2 or later of the Windows Universal Printer Driver (UNIDRV.DLL). For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Q82006Windows Driver Library Information

No printer heuristics are necessary to print envelopes (or to perform any other printing procedure) on either printer. You should remove any "PCL4X" printer heuristic settings from the [Microsoft Word 2.0] section of your WIN.INI file.

KX-P4450 Using PCL4X.DRV Version 1.10

You must always modify the settings on the front panel of the Panasonic KX-P4450 to correctly print envelopes using the Create Envelope command in Word. This is necessary because the printer cannot recognize any command to reset paper source and orientation settings when the envelope tray is installed.

Printer Setup

Use the following instructions to set up the KX-P4450 to print envelopes in Word:


  1. Install the PCL4X.DRV driver, using the instructions in the "Installing a Printer Driver" section of the PRINTER.TXT file, supplied with the printer driver.
  2. Start Word.
  3. From the File menu, choose Print Setup. Select Panasonic KX-P4450 from the Printer list and then choose the Setup button.
  4. In the printer driver dialog box, choose the Options button. Select the Print True Type as Graphics option and then choose OK three times to return to the Word document.


Note: This step is necessary for all documents (not just for envelopes) if you want to print using any TrueType fonts. This printer cannot print downloaded TrueType fonts.

Print Envelopes

  1. Install the envelope tray in the lower paper tray slot on the printer.
  2. Press the Online button on the printer so the Online light is off.
  3. Press the Reset button on the front panel of the printer to initialize the envelope tray.
  4. Press the Online button so the Online light is on. The printer is now in Panasonic LP (Landscape) mode.
  5. Use the Create Envelope command in Word to create and print your envelopes.

Reset the Printer for Normal Document Printing

After you print envelopes to the envelope tray, you must reset the printer manually using the following procedure. If you do not reset the printer before you print a normal document (in either portrait or landscape orientation), the document text begins printing at the location where an envelope would begin printing.


  1. Press the Online button on the printer so the Online light is off.
  2. Press the Format button on the printer.
  3. Press the UP ARROW button on the printer to select the Portrait setting.
  4. Press the large Enter button on the printer and then press the Exit button.
  5. Press the Online button so the Online light is on.

Alternate Method for Resetting Printer for Document Printing

  1. Remove the envelope tray.
  2. Press the Online button on the printer so the Online light is off.
  3. Press the Reset button on the front panel of the printer to re- initialize the printer without the envelope tray.
  4. Press the Online button so the Online light is on.

KX-P4450i Using PCL4X.DRV Version 1.10

You do not need to manually reset the Panasonic KX-P4450i to print envelopes using the envelope tray. This printer automatically resets the origin location, paper source, and orientation settings after you print an envelope or a document using a different paper tray or Page Setup settings.

On the KX-P4450i, if you insert an envelope in the manual feed slot on top of the standard paper tray, the printer feeds from that source to print an envelope even if the envelope tray is installed.

KX-P4450i Using the HP IID Printer Driver

If the PCL4X.DRV version 1.10 printer driver is not available, you can print envelopes in Word using the HP LaserJet Series IID printer driver. This printer driver accesses either paper tray and prints envelopes correctly on the Panasonic KX-P4450i printer.

KX-P4450 Using the HP IID Printer Driver

When you print envelopes on the KX-P4450 using the HP LaserJet Series IID printer driver, you must reset the printer manually using the procedures described above in the "KX-P4450 Using PCL4X.DRV Version 1.10" section.

If you print envelopes (or any other document in landscape orientation) on the KX-P4450 using the HP LaserJet Series IID printer driver, you can only use the built-in printer fonts (Courier and LinePrinter). The KX-P4450 is similar to the HP LaserJet Series II printer in that it cannot internally rotate fonts for landscape printing; both printers use landscape fonts that are built into the printer. When you use the HP IID printer driver, which relies on the printer to rotate fonts to landscape, the KX-P4450 substitutes its internal landscape printer fonts.

For information on changing the default envelope fonts, query on the following words in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

changing and envelope and text and formatting and 2.0 and winword

Additional query words: PCL4X.EXE zip zipped Download Service winword hewlett-packard

Keywords : kbprint kbenvelope
Version : WINDOWS:2.0,2.0a,2.0a-CD,2.0b,2.0c,6.0,6.0a,6.0c
Platform : WINDOWS
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Last Reviewed: December 22, 1999
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