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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 (1498 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?

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

by Help Desk, Thursday, September 12, 2013, 07:22 (1497 days ago) @ Vesa

Hello,

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.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\PRINTERS\CONNECTIONS\

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

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

by Support, Tuesday, October 08, 2013, 21:35 (1470 days ago) @ Help Desk

Only on local user accounts!!

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