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Location Aware Printing - Automatically Switch Default Printers

How to Automatically Switch Default Printers with Location Aware Printing in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
20 May 2009
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How to Automatically Switch Default Printers with Location Aware Printing in Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
Location Aware Printing allows you to set up default printers for each network you use with your laptop or notebook. As you move from one network to another, Windows will automatically switch to using the default printer that you selected to be used in that network for as long as you are connected to that network.

For example, when you print at work, Windows will automatically print to your work printer. When you print at home, Windows will automatically select and use your home printer.


This tutorial will show you how to add and remove a printer to be used as the default printer for a selected network when you connect to that network.
warning   Warning
  • "Location Aware Printing" is only available in the Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise editions.
  • "Location Aware Printing" is not available on a desktop computer. It is only available on mobile devices such as a laptop or notebook.





Location Aware Printing - Automatically Switch Default Printers OPTION ONE Location Aware Printing - Automatically Switch Default Printers
To Setup and Use Location Aware Printing in Windows
1. Open Devices and Printers.

2. Select a printer, and click on Manage default printers on the toolbar. (see screenshot below)
Location Aware Printing - Automatically Switch Default Printers-step1.jpg
3. Select (dot) Change my default printer when I change networks. (see screenshot below)
Location Aware Printing - Automatically Switch Default Printers-change.jpg
4. To Add or Update a Default Printer for a Selected Network
A) In the Select network drop down menu, select a network that has a printer you want to add. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you want a wireless network to appear in this list, you need to have successfully connected to that wireless network at least once.
Location Aware Printing - Automatically Switch Default Printers-step1b.jpg
B) In the Select printer drop down menu, select a default printer to be used for the selected network. (see screenshot above)


C) If the Selected Network has Not already been Added
  • Click on the Add button to have the selected network and it's default printer added to the list. (see screenshot below)
Location Aware Printing - Automatically Switch Default Printers-step2-add.jpg
D) If the Selected Network has already been Added
  • Click on the Update button to update the default printer for the already listed network. (see screenshot below)
Location Aware Printing - Automatically Switch Default Printers-step3-update.jpg
E) Repeat steps for any additional networks and default printers you wish to add or update.
5. To Remove a Default Printer and Selected Network
A) Select a listed network with it's default printer, and click on the Remove button. (see screenshot below)
Location Aware Printing - Automatically Switch Default Printers-step4-remove.jpg
B) Repeat step 5A for any others that you wish to remove.
6. When finished, click on OK. (see screenshot below step 3)



Location Aware Printing - Automatically Switch Default Printers OPTION TWO Location Aware Printing - Automatically Switch Default Printers
To Turn Off Location Aware Printing in Windows

NOTE: This is if you do not want Windows 7 to change your default printer settings when you moved from network to network.
1. Open Devices and Printers.

2. Select a printer, and click on Manage default printers on the toolbar. (see screenshot below)
Location Aware Printing - Automatically Switch Default Printers-step1.jpg
3. Select (dot) Always use the same printer as my default printer, and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
Location Aware Printing - Automatically Switch Default Printers-none.jpg
That's it,
Shawn





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