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Printing from MS Word to Okidata Microline 591

Posted on 2006-11-20
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OK..... this is driving me crazy!!!   I have several boxes of continuous 3-part paper forms that I need to add 1 line of text to.  All I want to do is set up a page and get it lined up correctly,  then print 500 copies (one full box).  I have created a word document, and printed it on the Okidata 591 printer and it works great.... but when I attempt to print 500 copies, it turns ugly.  I can see the problem,  when it completes the first form, it does not advance the paper to the top of the next form, so it ends up printing the next copy on the same form.  Is there any way of inserting a "advance to TOF" in word?  Do I have to change my settings on my printer?  
    I would love to throw out all these forms and have the printing company make me new ones, but considering I have $5000 worth of forms sitting here,  that really isn't an option.  Any help and or suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated
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Does Word know the size of your forms? Page Size in Word needs to be set to the size of your forms. That needs to be done from Page Setup, NOT from printer properties when you print, as Word ignores that setting.
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by:mluther223
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yeah,  it's a standard 8.5 x 11" form, and that is the size set in the page setup.
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OK, so that appears to be correct.

Which driver are you using? Go to Start > Printers, right-click and select Properties. Then check under the Advanced tab for the name of the driver.

Does this also happen from other applications, or only from Word? From 1 PC or from others as well?

You can't insert a Top-of-Form command in Word. The only way is to insert a Page Break, from the Insert menu. Any control characters in Word will be converted into something that prints (which might be just blanks). Some drivers, like the Generic/Text Only driver do let you insert certain commands, but most drivers do not have that capability, as they know preceisely what the printer can do.

If you go to Page Preview in Word, do the pages appear correct, or are they also out of whack? In that case, some Word settings would be the likely culprit.
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In preview mode,  it appears to be correct.  It shows the lines I wish to print, and they are both in the proper location.  The only problem I see is when it goes to print the second form,  it does not advance to the top of the next form, instead it skips a few lines and starts printing on the bottom of the the first form.
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Could it be that the driver is corrupt, so it does not send the form-feed command? Have you tried reinstalling the driver? Preferably download a new copy from

http://my.okidata.com/pp-ML591.nsf/openingdrivermenu?OpenFrameSet
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Well, I did alot of research and found several people that had similar problems.  This is the solution that worked for me.  I changed the settings on the Okidata 591 to emulate an IBM Prowriter,  then changed the driver to match (IBM Prowriter III).  Everything is working as it should.  Thanks go out to hshondt for his suggestions,  which led me down the right path.
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