Show All Duplicate Same Printer Types in Windows 7

March 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Printing, Windows 7

In Windows XP, installing any printers even with the same type will list it in the Printers and Faxes window. However in Windows 7, Microsoft has changed it a bit by merging those with same printer types into one and to see the properties window from one of the printer, you will have to right click on it, go to Printer Properties and there it will list the printers.

In a corporate environment normally you will order a few of the same types of printers and even if you connect the printers and name them differently, they will be merged into one as long as it is the same printer type. This feature is by design to make the printer list tidier but if you are not used to it and wants the good old Windows XP method that shows all printers, then you can get it back by adding the following registry entry.

1. Go to Start and type regedit in the search programs and files bar, and hit enter.
2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel\NameSpace
3. Right click on the NameSpace at the left pane and select New > Key.
4. Name the key as {2227a280-3aea-1069-a2de-08002b30309d}
5. Go to Control Panel in “Small icons” view and you will see a new “Printers” icon. This is where you will find all your printers listed individually even if they are the same type.

Do note that this does not change or modify the Devices and Printers view. It only adds an extra place for you to view your printers.

Detect and Repair Stalled or Stuck Print Jobs Causing Paper Jam

March 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Printing, Software

We have previously shared with you a free and useful batch file called Print Flush which is able to easily help you cancel a stuck print job. When you have a corrupted or incomplete print job sent by a software, it gets queued and the print job cannot be canceled or deleted from the Printer window. All other print jobs that you sent will be stuck as well and will not print until the first one in the queue has been finished processing. The trick is to stop the printer spooler, delete the files created in the spool folder and restart back the spooler service.

Another portable simple tool to handle stuck print jobs is by using Stalled Printer Repair. This tool doesn’t require installation. It doesn’t needs to run in background to monitor for stuck print jobs. Whenever it happens, just run it and click the Refresh button which will show all the stalled print jobs list. A click of Purge Print Jobs button will fix the stuck print jobs.

Repair Stuck Printer

Stalled Printer Repair works on Windows NT, 2000, XP, or Vista. We have tested it on Windows 7 32-bit and have no problems getting it to work.

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Flush Print Jobs and Effectively Cancel Print Queues

March 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Printing, Windows

There is a problem with how the printer interacts with Windows. It has been around for a very very long time and it is a very annoying one. If you print normally then you wouldn’t have problems but if you ever want to cancel a print job, sometimes it totally broke the printer and you have to reboot your computer, restart the printer spooler process, clearing off the spool print files and etc…

Here is a very effective way we have discovered that takes all the steps necessary to unjam a printer queue and puts them at a double-click of the mouse. By using a few commands you can clean the print spool. To make things easier, the commands can be placed in a batch file and automates everything with a click.

Brad Kovach has created such batch file and he call it Print Flush. This batch file is not meant to fix your printer if the driver is not installed. It can be used when your printer has worked before and suddenly it has problems like the print jobs getting queued and it doesn’t print. Basically Print Flush is a batch file that stops the spooler service, delete the spooled files and restart the spooler service again.

fix printer queue problem

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Print What You Like Removes Junk and Advertisements before Printing

March 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Online Service, Printing

Every web browser provides an easy and convenient way to print the web page that you are in. Probably you are interested in the content and write up of the article and decided to print and keep a local copy in case the website is no longer available. However a lot of websites are free and you can read the full contents without paying and the webmaster may put a few advertisement boxes, or sometimes a little too much so that they can generate revenue and pay for the web hosting fees.

If you print the whole page, not only it is messy but you waste the ink from your printer. Unless you want the online advertisements, they are unnecessary to be printed in a paper. You can of course remove them by saving the page to your local hard drive and edit the HTML using Frontpage by removing all those ads. That is the harder way. The easier way is to use a free web service by Print What You Like to optimize the page by condensing any web page down to just the content you want without pasting it to Word before sending it to your printer to get printed.

Edit PAge before Print save ink and paper

All you need to do is paste the URL to Print What You Like webpage, and it will automatically generate a page where you can easily delete the elements that you don’t want to be in the page. There are 3 very useful buttons to do everything for you which is “Do It For Me” which is fully automated and might not work all the time. The other two is removing the images and background on the page.

When you use Print What You Like, you save ink, paper, money, and environment.