Batch Print Files On Your Surface

If you’re using your Surface for school or business, you might end up needing to print a large number of files at the same time. If you use the normal print mechanism, it can take a long time if you have a lot of files or if the files are huge.

What if I told you that you could batch print PDF files from your Surface (or other Windows computer) and it’s fast and it’s free?

Well, you can. There’s a free, downloadable, command-line utility called 2Printer that will let you print all of the (supported) files in a folder at the same time.

Batch Print files: Supported File Formats

And let me tell you, it supports a huge array of file formats including (but not limited to) PDFs, Word files, Excel files, PowerPoint presentations, text files, and picture files.

Be aware, though, if you are going to print Office (Word, Excel, Visio, PowerPoint) files, you must have the appropriate Office software installed on your Surface. Same goes for PDF files – you need Acrobat reader (or the like) installed to print the files.

This seems to be due to licensing issues with certain print APIs. Not a deal breaker (unless you we’re trying to skirt paying for Office) but something to be aware of nonetheless.

Batch Print files: Download 2Printer

You can download the program from the links below. The free version tacks a “nag page” onto the end of batch jobs but aside from that is fully functional (not crippleware).

As you might expect, the pay for version does not include the nag page…

In case you’re wondering, the commercial version is $149.00 USD. It might sound steep but, if you have a business need, something which can be part of an automated process to print out documents as opposed to a manual one (where you have to pay someone to print documents) can save you quite a bit of money.

Batch Print Files: Using 2Printer

Using 2Printer is pretty simple and you can find a complete list of supported commands (with examples) in the included Read Me file. However, below are the commands most people will care about.

All of these commands can be entered into a command prompt window.

  • Print all documents from folder “C:\Input” with all subfolders on the system default printer: 2Printer -s “C:\Input\*.*” -r
  • Print all documents from the “C:\Input” directory on the local hard drive on a specific printer: 2Printer -s “C:\Input\*.*” -prn “<printer>”

Remember, there will be a nag page at the end of each print job. If you’re doing large print jobs (as the software is intended) this won’t be a big deal.

However, if you’re printing off little jobs, those nag pages can get a bit annoying.

So, if you’ve been using your Surface for business and hate spending so much time printing off the large number of files you need, give this program a look. It might make you love your Surface even more.


Surface Touchscreen Not Working With Touch?

Are you having a problem with your Surface touchscreen not working with touch but it still works with the pen or stylus?  And the problem continues even after you already tried troubleshooting the issues with no success?

Then I might have an easy (but incredibly inconvenient) fix for you – go sit somewhere else.

It sounds weird but it turns out RF interference from things like fluorescent lights can mess up the touchscreen and no amount of patching, troubleshooting, or updates will fix it!

OK, now that you’re thinking “What the h..?” – let me explain….

Continue reading Surface Touchscreen Not Working With Touch?

Fix Windows Store Problems on Your Surface

In this article, I’m going to cover how to fix Windows Store problems on your Surface.

Windows Store problems usually result in you either not being able to connect to the store or not being able to download/install the applications.

If that sounds like the issues you’re having then this article should be a great help. Continue reading Fix Windows Store Problems on Your Surface

Troubleshoot Windows Update On Surface Tablets

If you have a Surface tablet, you know that it is important to keep Microsoft Windows updates current [you should have them turned on to install automatically].

However, there are times that some of the updates don’t install properly (opposed to updates completely crashing your Surface).

What should you do when this happens?

In this post, I’ll give you the answer to this question. I’ll cover some basic Windows Update troubleshooting tips to help you figure out what’s going on.

First thing’s first, why don’t Windows updates install properly at times? Continue reading Troubleshoot Windows Update On Surface Tablets

Windows 10 Will Use Less Space On Your Surface

If you’re one of the folks out there who is always running out of disk space on your Surface Pro tablet, I have some good news.

It turns out that Windows 10 could use up to 10.6 GB less space on your Surface Pro tablet!

It’ll do so by compressing the system files which Microsoft says will reduce the disk footprint by as much as 2.6GB for a 64-bit installation (which Surface tablet’s use). In addition, they will be removing the on-disk recovery image to free up to another 8GB of space (the recovery partition on a Surface Pro is 8GB). Continue reading Windows 10 Will Use Less Space On Your Surface

Turn off the Screen on Surface Tablets

Have you ever needed to be able to turn off the screen on your Surface Pro 3 but not have it sleep or hibernate?

It could be the case that you’re trying to Chromecast Netflix to your big screen in a dark room and don’t want the glare from the Surface screen distracting you. Another possibility is that you just want to be able to quickly turn off the screen when someone is nosy and looking at your screen over your shoulder.

Continue reading Turn off the Screen on Surface Tablets

Latest Surface Pro 3 Updates in a Single File

Microsoft just released a single file installer for Surface Pro 3 tablets that will update system firmware and drivers and install from a single downloadable package.

This installer will make it much easier on you if you ever need to reset your Surface due to virus, corruption or some other reason. No longer will you need to wait for Windows Updates (potentially for hours) to finish downloading and installing. Continue reading Latest Surface Pro 3 Updates in a Single File

Internet Explorer Always Opens in Desktop Mode

Has this happened to you? You are using your Surface as a tablet and you tap on Internet Explorer from the Start Menu but, instead of opening IE in Modern (Metro) mode, it takes you to the desktop version.

Now, the desktop version of Internet Explorer is a decent browser but it kind of sucks for touch. So, what happened and what can you do about it? Continue reading Internet Explorer Always Opens in Desktop Mode

Chrome and YouTube are Killing your Battery

If you’ve been watching YouTube with Chrome on your Surface Pro tablet, you may have noticed that your battery seems to run out faster than it should.

Maybe you chalked it up to your imagination or maybe you blamed the battery in your Surface Pro 3. However, it turns out, the Chrome browser itself is likely the problem. Continue reading Chrome and YouTube are Killing your Battery

Startup Programs on Surface Pro 3

If your Surface is performing slower than it used to, especially at start up, it may be because you have a lot of startup programs that you don’t need, or even want, running in the background when you start your Surface and/or log into it.

Sadly, with Windows 8.1, it can be bit troublesome to figure out where all of your startup programs are being called from. This is because there are several locations in the registry and the (somewhat hidden) startup folder that you might need to search through to find them all.

Fortunately, there is a free program you can run on your SP3 (or SP/2) to find and control all of the startup programs locations. Continue reading Startup Programs on Surface Pro 3