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Troubleshooting Printing problems with WordPerfect®


Troubleshooting the WordPerfect Print subsystem might be required if you are having issues launching WordPerfect, issues with WordPerfect printing too slow or not printing at all. This article is a guide to troubleshoot the WordPerfect Print subsystem. ","

It is recommended that you test WordPerfect after each section of this article.

Clear the print queue

In many cases, a jammed print queue will prevent WordPerfect from opening or will cause the application to stall while attempting to print.  Before doing anything else, verify that the print queue is clear.  To do this, follow the instructions below:

  1. Browse to your Control Panel and select Printers (or Printers & Faxes)
  2. Open the printer you are trying to print to. If there appear to be any jobs stuck here, click on the Printer menu and select Cancel All Documents. Perform the same step for each printer installed on your system.
  3. Open WordPerfect and try printing again.  

Remove any offline printers

When trying to initialize its print engine, WordPerfect will retrieve page definitions from all of your printers to evaluate if your printer can print the document being processed. If there are any printers that are listed as Offline or Unable to Connect, than WordPerfect might experience a delay while initializing the print engine.

  1. Browse to your Control Panel and select Printers (or Printers and Faxes)
  2. Right-Click on any printer listed as Offline or Unable to Connect
  3. Select Delete
  4. Repeat this procedure for all printers listed as Offline or Unable to Connect

Restore WordPerfect stored printer information:

WordPerfect stores some printer specific information.  WordPerfect may not print as expected if this information is not synchronized with the printer.  To restore this information, the WordPerfect print engine must be restored to it's factory defaults.

This section involves modifying the Windows Registry. It is recommended that you back up your registry before proceeding with this step.   for important information about the Windows Registry.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. Click on Start all programs, accessories and click on Run. Type Regedit in the Open box and click on OK.
  2. Scroll up to the top of your screen until you see ‘My Computer’
  3. Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\SOFTWARE\\Corel
  4. Right click on the folder ‘PrintEngine’ and go down and left click on ‘Rename’. Change the name to PrintEngineOld
  5. Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\SOFTWARE\\Corel\\WordPerfect\\16,15,14.
  6. Right click on the folder ‘Envelope’ and go down and left click on ‘Rename’. Change the name to EnvelopeOld
  7. Scroll up to the top of your screen untill you see 'My Computer'.
  8. Click on the ‘-‘ to close the folder ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER’
  9. Click View, Refresh.
  10. Close the registry editor. 


Windows XP

Click on ‘Start’ and go up to ‘Run’

  1. Type in regedit into the ‘Open:’ box. Click on ‘OK’
  2. Scroll up to the top of your screen until you see ‘My Computer’
  3. Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\SOFTWARE\\Corel
  4. Right click on the folder ‘PrintEngine’ and go down and left click on ‘Rename’. Change the name to PrintEngineOld
  5. Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\SOFTWARE\\Corel\\WordPerfect\\16,15,14
  6. Right click on the folder ‘Envelope’ and go down and left click on ‘Rename’. Change the name to EnvelopeOld
  7. Scroll up to the top of your screen untill you see 'My Computer'.
  8. Click on the ‘-‘ to close the folder ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER’
  9. Click View, Refresh.
  10. Close the registry editor. 

Remove the printer driver

In many cases, WordPerfect will hang for long periods of time while its trying to communicate with a particular printer driver. This can sometimes be rather evident if the printer driver happens to be a network printer, or if the network printer is not hooked up to the computer. In order to troubleshoot this kind of problem, you will need to remove your printer drivers to rule this out.

NOTE: Before proceeding, it is recommended that you download the latest drivers from your printer manufacturer’s website so that you can re-install the printer. If you have Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows ME, you might also require your Windows CD.

  1. Click on Start
  2. Click on Settings and than Printers
    NOTE: If you have Windows XP, you might be able to select Printers and Faxes directly from the Start Menu
  3. Right-click on your printer, and select Delete to remove the printer.
    NOTE: If you happen to have network printers, start with any drivers that may be offline or you can no longer connect to. Fax drivers, Adobe® Distiller, PaperPort® are also considered printer drivers by WordPerfect and could also be causing problems. If you happen to have PaperPort v7.0, please visit PaperPort’s website at http://www.scansoft.com and obtain the latest Service Pack for your product which addresses known compatibility issues with WordPerfect.


Disabling Startup Items

  1. Click on Start and go up to Run.  Type msconfig into the Open: box and click on Ok.
  2. Click on the Startup tab at the top of the screen.
  3. Remove all the checkmarks and click on Ok.
  4. Restart your computer and try WordPerfect again.

 

Add an emulation driver

Sometimes a different driver altogether might need to be installed to troubleshoot the Print subsystem. In this example, we will use an Apple LaserWriter; a generic PostScript printer. Contact your printer manufacturer to see if your printer has PostScript capabilities. If it is the case, than you can use almost any PostScript driver with your printer, even if it is not for the same model.

  1. Browse to your Printer’s Control Panel and double-click on Add Printer
  2. Click on the Next button
  3. Select Local Printer and ensure that the Automatically Detect and Install My Plug And Play Printer option is unchecked
  4. Click on the Next button
  5. Ensure that LPT1 is selected then click on the Next button 
  6. Select Apple as the manufacturer
  7. Select the Apple LaserWriter 12/640 in the printers list
  8. Click on the Next button
  9. Select Yes to make the Apple printer your default printer 
  10. Click on the Next button
  11. Select the option Do Not Share This Printer and click Next 
  12. Select No to print a test page then click Next
  13. Click Finish to complete the installation of the printer driver 
  14. Launch WordPerfect and Test

Enable Bidirectional Support for the Printer

If bidirectional support isn't enabled you may experience printing issues with WordPerfect. To enable this feature follow these steps.

  1. Browse to your Printer’s Control Panel
  2. Right click on your Printer, select Properties
  3. Click the Ports tab
  4. Check "Enable bidirectional support"
  5. Click Ok
  6. Launch WordPerfect and Test
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