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10812: Printer Settings - Stapling a Return

Printing Setup

Can I set up for my printer to staple the print jobs from Drake Tax? 


If your printer supports stapling for print jobs, you can select and have forms print from Drake Tax and be stapled.

Starting in Drake17:  

  1. Go to view mode of the return and select the forms that you want to print.
  2. Click the Print icon.
  3. On the Print Document dialog box, choose Properties.
  4. Choose your Staple option (options may vary depending on your printer).
  5. Click OK.
  6. Click Print

Note: This selection modifies the printer settings globally until you change a selection through Drake Tax or your Windows printer settings. 

If your printer requires a job to be printed to a specific tray in order for it to be stapled, make sure to set your tray options under Setup > Printing > Printer Setup > F8 Edit Printer Settings tab before choosing the stapling option on Properties (above). 

In Drake16 and prior:

Setting Up the Option to Staple in Drake Tax

The Staple option boxes are located at Setup > Printer > Printer Setup, (F5) General Setup and (F6) ‘Sets’ Setup tabs. Make sure the Staple option is selected for the document type you need (for example tax forms or reports). Click Save at the bottom to save your changes.

Specific Trays Required

If your printer requires a specific tray to use the stapling option, check the settings on the bottom of the (F8) Edit Printer Settings tab. Click  Update > Save to save your changes.

If printing sets, check the tray settings on the (F6) 'Sets' Setup tab under the Tray column. Click Save at the bottom to save your changes. For stapling sets, Drake sends the print job to a specific output tray (stapling). If the printer requires a command to be sent for stapling, the printer will not staple sets.

Print Method

Some printers require a PCL print method and others use GDI. Toggling this setting on the (F8) Edit Printer Settings tab for the printer in question may assist in getting the printer to work with the software.

You may see such issues with Minolta and Savin 9070 printers.

If you can't resolve the problem, contact Drake Support at (828) 524-8020. 

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