Set different print priority to different groups

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To set different print priority to different groups

  1. Open Printers and Faxes.

  2. Right-click the printer you want to set, click Properties, and then click the Advanced tab.

  3. In Priority, click the up or down arrows, and then click OK.

    Or, type a priority level, where 1 is the lowest level and 99 is the highest, and then click OK.

  4. Click Add Printer to add a second logical printer for the same physical printer. For instructions, see Related Topics.

  5. Click the Advanced tab.

  6. In Priority, set a priority higher than that of the first logical printer.

  7. Instruct the regular group of users to use the first logical printer name and the group with higher priority to use the second logical printer name. Set the appropriate permissions for the different groups.


  • To open Printers and Faxes, click Start, and then click Printers and Faxes.

  • You gain no benefits just from setting a priority to a printer. You need to set at least two different logical printers for the same physical printer to take advantage of this option.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Add a printer attached to your computer
Add a printer attached directly to the network