Use Background Printing for More Flexibility

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

When I have a big print job running, I often have to wait until it’s done before I can return to work on the computer. My system has plenty of memory. Why can’t it do both jobs simultaneously?

I don’t think it’s a memory problem. It sounds like you have the Background printing option off. That printing control is a handy Word feature, but it’s not for everyone and it’s not to be used all the time. If you want a large print job to have the highest priority so it gets done as fast as possible, turn off Background printing . But turn it on if the ability to keep working is your priority.

You won’t notice the difference if a print job is small, but if you’re printing lots of pages and are in a hurry, be sure the option is turned off.

Here’s how to access the control: Click on Tools , Options and then the Print tab. Most people leave it on and then cancel it only when faced with a major printing task.

SPONSORED REPORT

6 key areas of change for accountants and auditors

New accounting standards on revenue recognition, leases, and credit losses present implementation challenges. This independently-written report identifies the hurdles that accounting professionals face and provides tips for overcoming the challenges.

PODCAST

How tax reform will impact individual taxpayers

Amy Wang, a CPA who is a senior technical manager for tax advocacy at the AICPA, answers to some of the most common questions on how the new tax reform law will impact individual taxpayers.