4 Things You Won’t Believe a Printer Can Do [2022]

4 Things You Won't Believe a Printer Can Do [2022]

4 Things You Won’t Believe a Printer Can Do [2022]

Paperless operations may be common in today’s workplace, but printers can still be found in almost every business. You can benefit from what a state-of-the-art office printer can do regardless of whether you print daily, reduce paper output, or are working towards going paperless entirely.

Are you truly taking advantage of all that printers have to offer? Below we walk through some of the unique features of today’s printers. Avoid FOMO by staying up to date with the latest printer technology.

Hot Folders
Smart Scan
Add Watermark
Add Page Numbering

Hot Folders

Do you print the same type of document on a regular basis? Save yourself the hassle of adjusting your print settings each time. Hot Folders allows you to create a custom setting that triggers a workflow when a document is placed into the folder. Once a file is moved to that Hot Folder, the printer works its magic.

How to Use:

  1. Drop the document you would like printed into the hot folder on your computer
  2. The printer does its job with your saved print settings
  3. Pick up the document from the tray

It’s really that simple. There are a few nuances, such as, when you place a password-protected file into the folder, an error will occur. It will also create a separate job for each file that is placed in the folder.

Smart Scan

Fast, quiet, and easy-to-use. There are many printer models available now that make scanning easier than ever. For example, the Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX models support businesses as they transform analog documents into digital data. They offer market-leading scan speeds of up to 270ppm (pages per minute) and up to 30% noise reduction compared to previous models.

Smart features include skew correction that automatically adjusts the image orientation for accurate, high-quality scans. Physical capabilities include quick scanning trays for receipts, checks, and even business cards.

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Add Watermark

Manufacturers, such as Lanier, have developed a way to print watermarks onto documents directly from the print driver. In the legal industry, this feature is particularly beneficial as it ensures the protection of confidential information and the validity of a legal document.

You can apply both image and text watermarks using this method. Many manufacturers provide a library of pre-registered watermark options along with the ability to create a custom watermark.

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Add Page Numbering

Many printers now allow you to insert page numbers directly into a printed document, either in the header or in the footer. It is possible to do this through Word or Adobe PDF for digital files, but the page numbering feature is especially useful for documents that have already been printed. It is also helpful on protected documents or image files.

There are multiple formats available for page numbering, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • P1, P2…
  • P.1, P.2…
  • 1, 2…
  • – 1 -, – 2 – … (centered at the bottom of the page)
  • 1/10, 2/10…
  • 1-1, 1-2…

You can also change the location of the stamped page number in settings during print setup on the machine. It is important to note that you can not typically use the bypass tray for this function.

Keep in mind, these are only a handful of the many features printers are capable of in 2022. Depending on the manufacturer and machine capabilities, there can be endless possibilities. Day by day new smart features are released to make work easier for businesses and at-home employees alike. We, at Ford Office Technologies, are eager to see what they come up with next.


Want a customized solution based on your needs? Not quite sure where to go from here? Let the experts at Ford Office Technologies give you a hand at 1-800-633-3673 or by emailing info@fordtech.com

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