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Printer Names in Windows NT Workstation

By sed55 ·
Is there any way on Windows NT Workstation (4.0, SP4) that I can change the cryptic printer names of my network printers to something with meaning? Right now, we have the Domain and Printer name that is assigned by the network. We would like to haveour users see something like 'Administration Printer' or 'HP in Accounting'.

Dennis

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by garetjax In reply to Printer Names in Windows ...

Dennis -

You could address this problem several ways:

1. Change/rename the share names of the network printers (assuming they are being shared off an NT system (server or workstation)

2. Change/rename the local name of the print queues onthe print server(s).

3. Rename the print queue name on the client workstation. It is essentially a "shortcut" to the remote UNC printer share.

Hope this helps.

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by sed55 In reply to Printer Names in Windows ...
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by Andreas In reply to Printer Names in Windows ...

Rightclick printer. Select sharing. Type your sharename 'HP in Accounting'. Remember this: DOS can't see it if the name is over 8 characters. Win9X 12 characters and Winnt 80 something.

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by sed55 In reply to Printer Names in Windows ...
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by guy In reply to Printer Names in Windows ...

You certainly can, go to the Printer Folder on the machine where the printer is, right click on the Printer whose name you wish to change, then Properties, and Sharing. Then you can stop sharing, and finally share it with a meaningful name. Some people also go to the General Tab and a Location e.g room 7, and a description e.g. this printer prints on both sides.

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by sed55 In reply to Printer Names in Windows ...
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by dcody40 In reply to Printer Names in Windows ...

Hey Fellow Techie, another easy fix is open printers on your workstation and simply right click and select rename, I find it makes the user happy to have a common name instead of the default printer name created when adding the printer, also when adding network printers, I try to create a name that relates to the department using the printer. Have fun...Duane Cody.

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by sed55 In reply to Printer Names in Windows ...

Doesn't work on NT 4.0 .. cannot rename if you don't have administrative access to the server.

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