HOW TO: Change Printing Preferences on Print Server for All Connected Users

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With Windows 2000, you can have separate printer properties for the local computer and the client computers. This article describes where to set these properties for all connecting clients and how to set properties local to the server.

Set Printing Defaults for a Network Printer

To create a set of printer properties that all clients connected to that printer will default to:
  1. Select Printers from the taskbar.
  2. Right-click the printer for which you want to set the default printing preferences, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Advanced tab, and then click the Printing Defaults button.
  4. Using the Layout tab, the Paper/Quality tab, and the Advanced button, specify the desired default print settings.
The changes you make will be reflected on connecting print clients.

Set Printer Preferences for a Local Computer

To set printer properties local to the computer:
  1. In the Printer Properties dialog box, click the General tab.
  2. Click the Printing Defaults button.
  3. Click the Advanced Setting button.

    Changes to these properties will be reflected on the local computer.
To set these properties on a printer served by a print spooler resource of the Cluster service, connect to the printer through the network name for the spooler. Make the necessary changes to document settings through this connection.


Article ID: 305402 - Last Review: October 31, 2006 - Revision: 2.2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
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