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WD: Word Starts Slowly When Using a Network Printer Driver

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If Windows or Windows NT is using a printer driver that is located on anetwork print server instead of a local printer driver on your harddisk, it may take much longer than expected to start Word.
When you start Word, it gathers printer driver information to use fordocument formatting and printing operations. If the printer driver islocated on the remote print server, it can take Word longer to make theconnection to the print server and gather the information it needs.

When you are using a remote printer driver, you may also notice that ittakes longer to change your default printer setting, and sometimes Wordmay print documents slower than expected.
Use a local printer driver instead of one that resides on the printserver. To install a printer driver on your local hard disk underWindows NT, use the following procedure (for Windows 3.1 instructions,refer to your Windows documentation):

  1. Switch to Print Manager.
  2. On the File menu, click Create Printer.
  3. Select a driver type and type a name for the printer.
  4. From the Print To list, select Other.
  5. Select Local Port.
  6. Type the network path for the location of your printer.

    Note: Windows NT will prompt you to supply the location of the printer driver files if they do not exist on your local system.
  7. To activate the local printer driver, choose Connect To Printer from the File menu in Print Manager.
  8. Type the network path for the location of your printer.
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