Windows Talk: Scanner And Printer Maintenance

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By Mitz for Windows Talk

Scanner and printer computer maintenance can be among the most annoying of all computer maintenance tasks. Not only do you often need to get your hands dirty, but each different device requires different computer maintenance. The first step is to make sure your scanner printer is installed correctly. After that, it is now time to see a few simple things you can do to make your life easier.

The Absolute First Computer Maintenance You Should Do

Right now, before you do anything else—even before you continue reading this article—stop and make a reference printout and reference scan.
I’ll tell you how to make these reference documents in a moment—first let me tell you why you need to make them.

A year or two from now, you may start to think that your device isn’t working as well as it used to. Your scans aren’t as crisp; your printouts don’t have the right colors. When that happens you’re going to need a reference document for comparison to see if quality really has gone down or if you’re just imagining things.

To create a reference printout, use the sample sheet your printer probably prints automatically when you press a particular button. (Consult your manual if you don’t know what button to press.) Or, and I prefer this option, print out a nice photo of a family member such as the baby in the family. Save this printout in a climate-controlled location such as your file cabinet.

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This excerpt is shared with permission from Windows Talk.

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