When troubleshooting printer problems, it's a good possibility that you must print test pages several times during the procedure. But this can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. You must open Control Panel, double-click the Printers And Faxes applet, right-click the printer, and select the Properties command just to get to the Print Test Page button.

However, you can avoid all of these extra steps by creating a shortcut that runs Windows XP's Prnqctl.vbs utility.

Follow these steps:

1. Right-click the desktop, and select New | Shortcut.

2. When the Create Shortcut Wizard appears, enter the following in the Type The Location Of The Item text box: C:\Windows\system32\cscript.exe prnqctl.vbs -e -p <Printer_name>

3. Replace <Printer_name> with the name of the printer from which you want to print the test page, and click Next.

4. Give the shortcut an appropriate name such as Print Test Page, and click Finish.

Now, whenever you need to print a test page on this particular printer, you can simply double-click the new shortcut.