What is Crtl+P?
Ctrl+P is a keyboard shortcut to activate a PC’s printer control key—the key that, when pressed, allows users to send documents or files directly to a printer. It activates the current program’s print command without going through all the dialog boxes typically related to printing. Ctrl+P works for any print job regardless of length or complexity.
How does Ctrl+P work?
When you press the Ctrl+P key combination on your PC keyboard, an instruction is sent through your computer’s operating system (OS) to the printer driver software. This driver software then communicates with your chosen printer and facilitates sending the document data from your PC to the printer to initiate the print-out.
What are the common uses of Ctrl+P?
Ctrl+P is commonly used when printing text-oriented documents like those created in Microsoft Word. It can also be used when printing out PDFs (Portable Document Format), images, spreadsheets, and other files.
Are there advantages to using Ctrl+P?
The big advantage of using Ctrl+P is that it can save time since it helps you skip many extra steps involved in setting up a print job, such as selecting paper size, orientation, paper tray options and so on (though you can still access these options after pressing CTRL+P).
Can I choose not to use Ctrl+P?
Yes, since it’s a keyboard shortcut, using CTRL+P is always optional. You can still use the program’s various menus and commands to initiate a print job.
Are there alternatives to CTRL+P for printing?
Yes, rather than use the CTRL+P shortcut to initiate a print job, you can use your program’s various menus and commands to initiate a print job. In most word processing programs, for example, printing is initiated from the File menu.
Do all printers support Ctrl+P?
Yes, virtually every printer (and associated print driver) has built-in support for Ctrl+P
What are some tips for using Ctrl+P?
When using the Ctrl+P shortcut to print documents, it’s important to make sure that you have the desired printer selected as your “default” printer before pressing the keys. Some programs skip straight to printing—without any intermediate windows where you might otherwise choose the target printer. If you find that CTRL+P is failing, it likely has more to do with your hardware or OS than it does the presence (or not) of the shortcut.
What issues are encountered when printing with Ctrl+P?
When printing with Ctrl+P, one of the most common issues is that certain printer features may not be available. Most systems will use your printer defaults with the CTRL+P shortcut, so if two-sided printing isn’t turned “on” on your system, you may not have an option to activate it after pressing the shortcut. Additionally, some printers might have compatibility issues with certain operating systems where Ctrl+P may not work as expected.
Are there CTRL+P troubleshooting tips?
When troubleshooting printer issues related to Ctrl+P, always check Device Manager and make sure that the correct driver is installed. Also check for any new software updates or patches for your printer. And as with any print job, check for paper jams and make sure that your printer is properly connected and powered on.
What if Ctrl+P isn’t working as expected?
If using Ctrl+P to kick-off a print job is not working as expected, check that your printer is connected and powered on correctly. Make sure that you have the correct driver installed—along with any updates. Adjust any print settings before issuing a Ctrl+P command. And check to confirm there are no paper jams or other obstructions in the printer.