Configuring Windows Print Server Properties

Most users are already familiar with accessing the properties of a printer in the Printers and Faxes tool. The property pages for a printer allow you to configure everything from sharing settings to specific properties settings based on the installed driver and printer model. Since many of the available settings depend upon the printer driver installed, we’ll skip them here. However, you should still take the time to explore the properties of individual printers.

While individual printer property settings are important to be familiar with, a number of important settings can also be found by selecting the Server Properties item from the File menu in the Printers and Faxes tool. Most users don’t even know that these settings exist, but don’t let that stop you from taking a closer look and making some server-wide configuration changes. The tabs available in this section allow you to configure form settings, view (and change) the ports that printers are connected to, install or remove additional drivers for any printer on your system, view driver details (as shown below), and configure a variety of Advanced settings as outlined in the annotation section. While the settings found here usually don’t need to be changed, they do allow you to better tweak you print server to meet your needs in some cases. The Advanced tab provides access to the most important print server settings.

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