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Use a Separator Page When Printing in Windows

In my career, yes there is a life outside of C.O.D., I am faced with many obstacles; usually regarding printing or scanning.  Recently, it was requested by a customer that printer output be preceded by a separator page.  Luckily, this is not restricted by devices (in most cases) and is rather easy to setup.  This is very helpful in environments that have more than one user printing to a device.  With a separator page, a user can differentiate their print from another person’s print.

Windows XP / Windows 2000 / Windows Server 2003

  1. Click on the Start Menu
  2. Select Printers and Faxes
  3. Highlight your Printer and Right click
  4. Click Properties
  5. Click Advanced
  6. Click Separator Page…
  7. Click Browse…
  8. Select either:
    1. pcl.sep, which prints a page after switching the printer to PCL printing.
    2. pscript.sep, which does not print a page after switching the printer to Postscript printing
    3. sysprint.sep, which prints a page after switching the printer to PostScript printing
    4. sysprtj.sep, variant of sysprint.sep but uses Japanese fonts if available
  9. Press OK
  10. Press OK

Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2

  1. Click on the Start Menu
  2. Select Devices and Printers
  3. Highlight your Printer and Right click
  4. Click Properties
  5. Click Advanced
  6. Click Separator Page…
  7. Click Browse…
  8. Select either:
    1. pcl.sep, which prints a page after switching the printer to PCL printing.
    2. pscript.sep, which does not print a page after switching the printer to Postscript printing
    3. sysprint.sep, which prints a page after switching the printer to PostScript printing
    4. sysprtj.sep, variant of sysprint.sep but uses Japanese fonts if available
  9. Press OK
  10. Press OK

About Joe D

I have always had a passion for everything computing. In early 2000, I decided to take my passion to the web. Thus, C.O.D. was born. Through the years we have made many great friends at C.O.D. and hope to continue our journey for years to come.

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5 comments

  1. It’s printing the usersame but can whe modify the .sep file so whe can have the hostname instead?

    • Unfortunately no… The only escape codes supported are:

      @N: Prints the user name of the person that submitted the job.
      @I: Prints the job number.
      @D: Prints the date the job was printed. The representation of the date is
      the same as the Date Format in the International section in Control
      Panel.
      @T:

      Prints the time the job was printed. The representation of the time is
      the same as the Time Format in the International section in Control
      Panel.
      @Lxxxx:

      Prints all the characters (xxxx) following it until another escape
      code is encountered.
      @Fpathname:

      Prints the contents of the file specified by path, starting on an
      empty line. The contents of this file are copied directly to the
      printer without any processing.
      @Hnn:

      Sets a printer-specific control sequence, where nn is a hexadecimal
      ASCII code sent directly to the printer. To determine the specific
      numbers, see your printer manual.
      @Wnn:

      Sets the width of the separator page. The default width is 80; the
      maximum width is 256. Any printable characters beyond this width are
      truncated.
      @U:

      Turns off block character printing.
      @B@S:

      Prints text in single-width block characters until @U is encountered.
      @E:

      Ejects a page from the printer. Use this code to start a new separator
      page or to end the separator page file. If you get an extra blank
      separator page when you print, remove this code from your separator
      page file.
      @n: Skips n number of lines (from 0 through 9). Skipping 0 lines moves
      printing to the next line.
      @B@M:

      Prints text in double-width block characters until @U is encountered.

  2. any way to do somrthing like this on a mac?

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