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Viewing Printers

After you install a printer, the printer appears in the Devices and Printers window (New!)—a centralized place to check and manage all devices connected to your computer—and in a program’s Print dialog box, where you can view and change printer properties and personal preferences. Every installed printer on your computer is represented by an icon in the Devices and Printers window. When you select a printer icon, status information for that printer appears in the Details pane, such as number of documents to be printed, and whether the printer is ready to print. A printer icon appears in the window without a cable indicates a local printer, while a printer icon with a cable (not all instances) indicates a network printer. A local printer is a printer connected directly to your computer, and a network printer is one connected to a network to which you have access. A printer icon that appears with two heads indicates that other network users share the printer directly connected to your computer, known as a shared printer.

View Printer Properties

Click the Start button, and then click Devices and Printers.

Click a printer icon.

Click the Close button.

Did You Know?

You can access additional buttons on the toolbar in the Devices and Printers window. In the Devices and Printers window, the toolbar display several commands, such as Add A Device, Add A Printer, See What’s Printing, and Manage Default Printers. However, there are more commands available on the toolbar. Click the double arrow (>>) to display a menu with additional commands, such as Print Server Properties, and Remove device.

You can display printer status by displaying views in the Devices and Printers window. In the Devices and Printers window, click the Views button on the toolbar, and then click Tiles or Details. Printer status appears along with the printer name.


  

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