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How to Determine the Version of Your Installed Printer Driver

Document ID:HO3703

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This article provides the steps required to obtain your printer driver version.


Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 7


Step Action (Windows XP) Windows 7
  1 Click on Start. Click on the Start icon.
  2 Click on Setting > Printers and Faxes. Click on Devices and Printers.
  3 Right-click on your default printer. Right-click on your default printer.
  4 Click on Properties. Click on Printer properties.

Click on Help, and then About.

 Note: Some drivers only require that you click on the About tab.

Click on Help, and then About.


Apple MacIntosh OS X 10.4,5,6...


Step Action
  1 Double -click the hard disk (partition) where OS X is installed.
  2 Double-click Applications.
  3 Double-click Utilities.
  4 Double-click Printer Setup Utility.

Click the printer that you are using, and then click Show Info. The printer driver version appears under Driver Version.


Printer Driver?

Every printer requires a piece of software (driver) that converts print files into a format that the printer can correctly process. 

Printer Emulation/Driver Types

  • PostScript
  • PCL XL
  • PCL 5e
  • XPS
  • Host Based Printer (HBP) driver — (Inkjet)
  • Universal Printer Driver PCL XL
  • UPD PostScript (PS)

 NOTE: Not all printers have the same driver capabilities nor driver availability. Also, physical hardware characteristics prevent certain emulations from being supported.    


Importance of Printer Driver version

The printer driver type and the printer driver version can influence the quality of the final printed page.

The following abilities and printer output characteristics are heavily influenced by your driver type and version:

  • Additional driver functions
    • Overlays
    • Page scaling
    • Mirror
    • Print and Hold
  • (Color correction)
  • Page formatting
  • Font variations
  • Font quality
  • Graphics quality
  • Print file size
  • Watermarks
  • Overlays
  • Gradients (Gray scaling)


Still Need Help?


Please contact Lexmark if you have additional inquiries or need additional assistance. NOTE: When calling for support, make sure you have your printer machine type or model type and serial number (SN).
Please call from near the computer and printer in case the technician on the phone asks you to perform a task involving one or both of these devices.

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