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Location Aware Printing: Walkthrough




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The step-by-step instructions in this walkthrough provide a brief tour of the new Location Aware Printing feature in Windows® 7 (available in Windows 7 Professional or higher). These instructions assume that your computer is connected to at least two networks. If you don’t have printer connections on both networks, you can select the built-in Microsoft XPS Document Writer in place of a physical printer to follow these instructions.

To use Location Aware Printing

  1. Click the Start menu, and then click Devices and Printers.

  2. Under Printers and Faxes, click a printer to select it. In Figure 1, the HP LaserJet 2840 is selected.


    Figure 1. Devices and Printers

  3. In the menu bar, click Manage Default Printers.

  4. In the Manage Default Printers dialog box, shown in Figure 2, click Change my default printer when I change networks, specify which printer should be the default for each network, and then click OK:

    1. In the Select network list, click a network.

    2. In the Select printer list, click a printer to use as the default printer for that network.

    3. Click Add.


    Figure 2. The Manage Default Printers dialog box