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Windows 7: "Devices and Printers" window grouping / hiding printers

21 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit
"Devices and Printers" window grouping / hiding printers

I have an HP Color LaserJet 3800. I typically install the same printer 3 times, each time with different drivers (PCL6 color, PCL6 monochrome, PostScript).

In Vista, when I go to Control Panel > Printers, all 3 show up.

In Windows 7, when I go to Control Panel > Devices and Printers, the system typically groups all 3 in a single icon. If I right-click on the icon, I see that many of the items on the menu now have submenus that let me select which of the 3 I want to perform the task (ie, "See what's printing", "Printing preferences", etc) for. In contrast, if I print a document on this system, all 3 are provided as choices. If I run printmanagement.msc, all 3 show up as well.

I can't figure out how the "Devices and Printers" window is deciding to group the 3 under the single icon but would like to make it stop. Does anyone know how?

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