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Windows 7: Two printer icons for same printer


27 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 
Two printer icons for same printer

I have a Brother HL-2270W Wireless All-In-On laser printer which also does duplex printing.

I'd like to be able to have two entries in my Devices and Printers list that point to this same printer. One would be setup to default to Duplex printing. This would make it a lot simpler than having to select this each time I print something.

Setting it for Duplex as the default causes every page, even if it only is a single page, to go through the duplex process which slows down non-duplex printing a lot.

So, any way to do this???


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27 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I am not sure that this will work but you can try it anyway;
Open Control Panel, Printers. Right click select add a Printer, in the new window select add a local Printer, select Use an existing port.
(Right click on your existing Printer, select Printer properties, select Ports and have a look at which port your exiting printer is connected to)
Install Cont. Select the Port that you have just located and click next, Install the driver, Click next, Type the name you want to use,(it must obviously be different to your default Printer) Click next, you may be asked about sharing the printer, Click next, you can now Print a test page, Click finish.

You will now have two Printer icons.

I hope this helps
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27 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have just found out that the copies will disappear do not be alarmed, by right clicking on the remaining printer icon you will still be able to set properties etc. of both Printer icons
Do not laugh but setting up a new Printer icon is also brand new to me and I almost died when the new Printer icon suddenly disappeared
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28 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

That works!!!! Thank you.

They don't both show up in the Devices and Printers window, but when you print something, both are selectable.

Now to see if duplex actually works.

Edit: Yup! Works perfectly. Thanks again.
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29 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
That works!!!! Thank you.

They don't both show up in the Devices and Printers window, but when you print something, both are selectable.

Now to see if duplex actually works.

Edit: Yup! Works perfectly. Thanks again.
Thats good, I wasn't sure if they would work or not. You are welcome
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