Two printers on Windows 7 with different settings

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I want to create two different print settings so that with one click I can choose to print landscape/legal or portrait/letter. I'm using Windows 7.

I'm trying several different approaches to get this to work. None of them seems to work:

Approach 1: Two separate printer profiles pointing to the same printer. It simply sets the preferences to the last ones used rather than the ones specific to that printer.

Approach 2. Two different printers (yes I went to the length of buying a second printer). Even though prefereneces are different for each printer, when I switch printers it simply sets the preferences to the last ones used rather than the ones specific to that printer.

Any suggestions?

Best Answer

  • Control Panel > Printers > Install new printer. All you have to do is install a "virtual" printer by giving your "new" printer a different name, quite likely something that would indicate the settings you intend to use it with, but choosing the same port and same driver as your old one. I have about 8 virtual printers installed, which are all the same printer with different settings made for each. I get them all to choose from in any application which shows the menu of installed printers. This works on Windows XP and Vista, I would be astonished if it did not on 7.

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