OL2000: Error Message: There Was an Error When Printing Started

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When you attempt to print from Outlook, you may get the following error message:
There was an error when printing started.
NOTE: Microsoft Office 2000 has built-in functionality that allows you to get more information about difficult-to-troubleshoot alerts or error messages. If you want to enable this functionality for this and other error messages in Microsoft Office 2000, please download the Microsoft Office 2000 Customizable Alerts file from the Microsoft Office Update Web site at the following address:NOTE: If you reached this article by clicking the Web Info button in an error message, you already have Customizable Alerts enabled.
Things to Try

Printer Unavailable

If the printer is attached directly to the computer, verify that the printer is on and properly connected. If the printer is on a network, verify that the printer is accessible from another computer on the network.

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Capture a Port for the Network Printer

Before you begin this procedure, check with your network administrator to make sure that you have the correct path for the network printer.

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Printers.
  2. Right-click the icon for your printer, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu.
  3. On the Details tab, click Capture Printer Port.
  4. In the Device list, click to select a port that is not used by another printer.
  5. In Path, type the network path to the printer, and then click OK.
  6. In the Print to the Following Port list, click to select the port that you chose in step 4, and then click OK.
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Reinstall the Printer Driver or Check Network Print Services

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Printers.
  2. Right-click your default printer, and then click Delete on the shortcut menu. If you are asked if you want to remove extra files left on the system, click Yes.
  3. Double-click the Add Printer icon, and follow the instructions in the Add Printer Wizard to reinstall your printer driver. If you are asked if you want to replace existing files, click Yes.
  4. Additionally, the computer that is sharing the print may need attention with regard to print services. Contact the network administrator to ascertain if print services are functioning.
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More information
For additional information about printing problems when you are using Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98, or Microsoft Windows Millennium, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
128345 Troubleshooting Printing Problems in Windows 95/98/Millennium Edition
For additional information about printing problems that are specific to Outlook 2000, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
195861 OL2000: (IMO) Error 1120 When Printing FAX
196683 OL2000: Outlook Hangs Printing Detailed Address Cards View
197724 OL2000: (IMO) Err Msg: Automatic Printing of the File Has Failed
212911 OL2000: Problem Printing Contact Address Cards
212942 OL2000: Printing to HP LaserJet 5Si/Si MX PS Printer Causes Invalid Page Fault
212946 OL2000: ErrMsg: 'OUTLOOK caused a General Protection Fault in module HPBLA2.DLL' Printing Card Style
212958 OL2000: Printing Contacts Item to Epson LP-9200S Printer Causes Crash in Printer Driver
218370 OL2000: (IMO) Fax ErrMsg: Could not start print job
222419 OL2000: (CW) Error Printing Meeting Request from Unopened Message
223410 OL2000: Error Message: Error obtaining print settings. Your print settings have been reset to default.
234623 OL2000: Error Message: 'Cannot retrieve printer information. To check the printer setup, double-click the Printers icon in Windows Control Panel'
238473 OL2000: (IMO) ErrMsg: PCL XL Error Printed When Printing a Fax
253966 OL2000: Error in Outlprnt when You Define Print Style or Printing

Article ID: 223414 - Last Review: 12/05/2015 13:35:06 - Revision: 5.0

Microsoft Outlook 2000 Standard Edition

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