Managing Printer Properties

Printer properties allow you to configure options such as the printer name, whether the printer is shared, and printer security. To access the printer Properties dialog box, open the Printers folder, right-click the printer you want to manage, and choose Properties from the pop-up menu. To open the printer folder, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Printers and Faxes. Changing the printer properties affects only the selected printer, and can only be made if you have the Manage Printers permission, which is one of several printer permissions.
General tab
The General tab of the printer Properties dialog box contains information about the printer. It
also lets you set printing preferences and print test pages. The information here (name of the
printer, its location, and comments about it) reflects your entries when you set the printer up (as
described in the preceding section). You can add or change this information in the text boxes.
Sharing Properties
The Sharing tab of the printer Properties dialog box allows you to specify whether the computer
will be configured as a local printer (do not share) or as a shared network printer (share this
Port Properties
In the Ports tab, you configure all the ports that have been defined for printer use. Along with deleting and configuring existing ports, you can also set up printer pooling and redirect print jobs to another printer.
Advanced Properties
The Advanced tab of the printer Properties dialog box allows you to trol many characteristics of the printer. You can configure the following options:
The availability of the printer
The priority of the printer
The driver the printer will use
Spooling properties
How documents are printed
Printing defaults
The print processor that will be used
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