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Is there any way to rename a NETWORK printer in XP? (Home and Business Networking Support)

by Vesa, Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 08:35 (1657 days ago)

In Printers and Faxes, I can right-click on a local
printer, and be offered "rename" as an option.

However, if I right-click on a network printer, there
is no "rename" option.

I would really like to be able to rename, or nick name,
the network printers. I just can't remember if the
printer with a network name like "axd86d9zz1" is the
color printer, or the large 11x17 b&w printer. When I
try to print in an application, it would be a whole lot
easier if I had a selection called "color printer"
rather than "axd86d9zz" in the pull-down list.

Does anyone know a way to do this?


Is there any way to rename a NETWORK printer in XP?

by Help Desk, Thursday, September 12, 2013, 07:22 (1655 days ago) @ Vesa


Renaming network printers is a possible through the Windows registry. Not recommended for non-techies

Goto Start > Run...type regedit & press enter.

In the left window frame look for a heading named HKEY_CURRENT_USER.
Click the + then locate Printers > Connections and you should have the printer names and location WINS address or IP address in there.


Right click printer of choice and rename keeping the network pointer info intact. Restart PC for best results. Good luck! ;-)


Is there any way to rename a NETWORK printer in XP?

by Support, Tuesday, October 08, 2013, 21:35 (1628 days ago) @ Help Desk

Only on local user accounts!!

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