List Printers using the same printer driver, seperately in Windows 7

On Windows 7, you may have noticed that when you install two or more printers, that use the same printer on the same port, all such printers are, by design, grouped together as one in the Control Panel’s Devices and Printers applet.

printers List Printers using the same printer driver, seperately in Windows 7

However, if you’d like to see the list of installed printers separately, KB2015694 shows a workaround. This workaround will create a folder on the desktop named Printers which will include all of the installed printers separately:

To do so, open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

Right click NameSpace and choose ‘New Key’

Name this new key: {2227a280-3aea-1069-a2de-08002b30309d}

Now, in the right pane, edit the value of ‘Default’ as ‘Printers’

Exit Registry Editor.

You will see a new folder called ‘Printers’ appear on the desktop which will show all of the installed printers separately.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • Adagarkar

    Thanks for help , it works

  • Innit

    It works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pachai Muthu

    Great…. Here is the solution for “Printers not showing up in Devices and Printers folder”…
    The new reg key done a great thing… It worked… Thanks a lot… I got the solution… But I unable to figure out why the printers are now showing up in Printers and Device folder… Microsoft need to release a patch for this fix!!!

  • Shahzad

    Thanks (y)

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