With most printers, you have a wide range of options. Although these options vary from printer to printer, they are easily accessible by right-clicking the printer in the Devices and Printers folder and selecting Printer Properties.

When you open Printer Properties (Figure 1), you will find the following options:

Looking at Printer Properties 1

Figure 1 Printer Properties

  • General tab: Allows you to configure the printer name, location, and comments and to print a test page. In addition, if you click the Printing Preferences button on the General tab, the default paper size, paper tray, print quality/resolution, pages per sheet, print order (such as front to back or back to front), and number of copies will display. The actual options that are available will vary depending on your printer.
  • Sharing tab: Allows you to share a printer. You can also publish the printer in Active Directory if you chose the List in the directory option. Because a printer on a server can be used by other clients connected to the network, you can add additional drivers by clicking the Additional Drivers button.
  • Ports tab: Allows you to specify which port (physical or TCP/IP) the printer will use, as well as to create new TCP/IP ports.
  • Advanced tab: Allows you to configure the driver to use with the printer, the priority of the printer, when the printer is available, and how print jobs are spooled.
  • Security tab: Allows you to specify the permissions for the printer.
  • Device Settings tab: Allows you to configure the trays, font substitution, and other hardware settings.

This article is a part of Looking at Printers lesson from File and Print Services chapter of 98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Prep Course. Other articles included in this prep course are

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