Printing With Windows

Printing From an Application

After you create a document in a software program, follow these steps to print it using the basic printer settings:

  1. From the File menu, click Print. You see a Print window like this one:

  2. Make sure EPSON Stylus CX5400 is selected.
  3. Click the Preferences or Properties button.
  4. (If you see a Setup, Printer, or Options button, click it. Then click Preferences or Properties on the next screen.)

  5. Select the following settings on the Main tab in your printer settings window:

  6. Note: For more information about printer settings, click the ? or Help button.

    The Quality Type settings on this screen give you the best combination of quality and print speed for most prints. For the highest print quality (Photo RPM) on selected papers, click the Advanced button on the Main tab. Then see Customizing Windows Print Settings for instructions on selecting Photo RPM.

  7. You return to the Print window. Click OK or Print to start printing.

During printing, this window appears and shows the progress of your print job. You can use the buttons to cancel, pause, or resume printing. You can also see how much ink you have left.

Selecting Default Settings

Your printer settings apply only to the program you're currently using. If you want, you can change the Windows default printer settings for all your programs.

  1. Right-click the printer icon in the lower right corner of your screen (taskbar).
  2. Select Printer Settings. You see the window shown in Printing From an Application.
  3. Select the default settings you want for all your applications, then click OK.

You can still change the printer settings in your program, if necessary.

Customizing Windows Print Settings

You can use advanced settings for color matching, printing at a higher resolution, or selecting a variety of special effects and layouts.

  1. On the Main tab, click the Advanced button in the bottom right corner of the window. The Basic settings change to the Advanced settings.
  2. Select the following advanced settings as necessary:

  3. Note: For the highest print quality, select Photo RPM. Please note that printing will take longer in this mode.

    For more information about advanced settings, or instructions on saving them as a group so you can reuse them later, click the Help or ? button. If you want to use the Advanced screen each time you access your printer settings, select the Show this screen first checkbox.

  4. Once you've finished selecting advanced settings, you can:
    • Click OK to save your settings, return to the Print window, and print.
    • Click the Basic button to return to the Basic settings.
    • Click the Page Layout tab and continue with step 4 to select layout options.
  5. Select the following page layout settings as necessary:

  6. Note: For more information on page layout settings, click the Help or ? button.

  7. Click OK to save your settings, return to the Print window, and print.

Printing BorderFree Photos (Windows)

You can print your photos with no margins, extending the image all the way to the edges of the page. Although BorderFree printing is a bit slower (especially near the edges), you get beautiful snapshots or enlargements, without trimming.

BorderFree printing supports the following paper types and sizes:

EPSON paper name
Menu setting
Type or Media Type setting
Photo Paper or Glossy Photo Paper
4 6
Photo Paper
Glossy Photo Paper
Matte Paper Heavyweight
8 10
Matte Paper HW
Matte Paper - Heavyweight
DURABrite Ink Glossy Photo Paper
4 6
DB Photo Paper
DURABrite Ink Glossy Photo Paper

Note: For instructions on loading special paper, see Special Papers.

You can print BorderFree photos using the EPSON Stylus CX5400 menus and buttons or your printer software.

To use the menus and buttons, follow the instructions in Copying Without the Computer and select Border Free as the Copy Mode setting, as described in Changing Copy Settings.

To use your printer software, follow these steps:

  1. Start your printing application and open your photo file.
  2. Access the printer settings window (see Printing From an Application).
  3. Select Photo or Best Photo as the Quality Type setting.
  4. Select your paper type as the Type setting.
  5. Click the Borderless checkbox, then select your paper size as the Size setting.

  6. Select Portrait or Landscape as the Orientation setting.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click OK or Print.