Windows Printer are grouped as one

12. Februar 2021 jimmi Allgemein

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When you install a printer and add another one using the same port and driver, but you just for having a different config, then Windows is going to group them as one.

To ‚ungroup‘ the printers we need to show them in a different place, e.g a separat ‚Printer‘ icon showing up on the Desktop.

To work around this issue, you can use the following steps to create a Printers desktop icon that will list the installed printers separately:

  1. Open the Registry Editor (Select the Start button > type REGEDIT.EXE without the quotes and press the enter key) When prompted with User Account Control select Yes.
  2. Expand to and selected the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace
  3. Right-click on the NameSpace registry key and choose New Key, enter the following GUID for the new registry key name (be sure to include the brackets)
    {2227a280-3aea-1069-a2de-08002b30309d}
  4. In the right pane, right-click the registry value (Default) and choose Modify, for the Value data enter Printers without the quotes
  5. Close Registry Editor
  6. Right-click on the Desktop and select Refresh NoteAfter selecting refresh of the desktop, a new desktop icon called Printers will appear. Double-clicking on the new Printers icon you will be able to see the installed printers separately. You can also Add, Remove, View, or Manage the print queues, change printer settings, and choose printer preferences from within this new Printers Desktop icon

 Important Note

After selecting refresh of the desktop, a new desktop icon called Printers will appear. Double-clicking on the new Printers icon you will be able to see the installed printers separately. You can also Add, Remove, View, or Manage the print queues, change printer settings, and choose printer preferences from within this new Printers Desktop icon.


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