Printers offer a plethora of features, including a scanner, color printing, black and white printing, and so on. If you have a printer at home, and you do not want to allow everyone to print a colored document or not allow to use a scanner, how do you go about it? The good thing is that Windows allows you to install the same Printer twice and even more. This allows an admin to create a sort of profiles for printers, and then you can choose to share the profile that you wish to share. In this post, we will show how to install the same printer with different settings multiple times on Windows.
Install multiple copies of same Printer with different settings
There are two things you need to install the same Printer again—Printer’s Port and Driver. It is important as its the same Printer, and all we are looking for here is the limited functionality of the Printer when a copy is made.
Find Printer Port and Driver
Open Windows Settings (Win + I), and then navigate to Bluetooth > Printers and scanners. Select the Printer and click on the Manage button. It will open the Printer Management, and then click on Printer Properties.
In the Properties window, switch to the Ports. Note down the selected Port. Then switch to the Advanced section and note down the Driver listed in the dropdown. In my case, it is the USB001 Port and Brother HL-L2320D Series.
Create a Copy of the Printer
Open Control Panel and navigate to Devices and Printers. Click on Add a Printer to open the installation wizard. Immediately click on “The printer that I want isn’t listed.” Select the radio button next to the option “Add a local printer or network with manual settings” and click on the Next button.
In the next screen, select the radio button which says “Use an existing port,” and then click Next to select a driver. Make sure to select the same manufacturer and printer driver we noted in the first section. Then choose the option “Use the Driver that is currently installed.” Click on the Next button.
Finally, add the Printer’s name on the next screen. Lastly, press the Finish button to complete the process.
How to use the copy of the Printer
Now that we have copies of the Printer, its time to configure its features, which you can choose to share. In Windows 10, You don’t get to see multiple copies of the same Printer right upfront. Instead, if you right-click on the listed Printer and select properties, you get to see all of them under Hardware Profile.
The further set of details will change based on OEM have customized. Right-click on the Printer, select Printing preferences from the menu and then select the copy of the Printer. Here you can customize resolution, paper size, advanced options offer you to select Printer functions, and so on.
How to use the second Printer
Open a text file or word file, and choose to print. The option where you can choose the Printer, you will have all the copy of printers you had created on Windows. Select it, and it will print in the same profile it was configured.
Creating a copy of the printer using this method comes with a lot of advantages. You can create a profile for a different type of printing; you can share profiles instead of the main Printer, and more.
I hope the post was easy to follow, and you were able to install the same printer with different settings multiple times on Windows.
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