There are times when you want to change the default printer of a user or
group of users without having access to the user's (or users') computer(s).
You can do this by making a registry entry.
To change the default printer, add the registry entry as shown below:
WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious, system-wide
problems that may require you to reinstall Windows NT to correct them.
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Registry Editor can be solved. Use this tool at your own risk.
- Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
- Under the HKEY_ CURRENT_USER subtree, go to the following subkey:
- Add or edit the following registry entry
Device:REG_SZ:<printer description string>
where <printer description string> is the value that Print Manager would
put in if this operation were done through Print Manager. It would
resemble one of the following:
\\SERVER\HPLASER,winspool,Ne00: or DESKJET,winspool,LPT1:
The Ne00 is a network port and LPT1 a local port.
With some applications, the default printer is read at the time the
application is started and you will need to close and restart the
application for the new default printer to show.
Article ID: 156212 - Last Review: February 26, 2007 - Revision: 2.2
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