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Print Management Guide - Printer properties overview

You use a printer's properties pages, or tabs, to set and customize a printer's behavior, provided you have the appropriate printer permission. The printer's properties tabs include a standard set of tabs that always appear for all printers, and optional tabs that might appear based on the printer's driver. For example, color printers have an additional tab called Color Management.

The first table summarizes the standard set of the printer's properties tabs, which always appear. The second table shows some examples of optional printer's properties tabs that might appear.

Tab Use to
GeneralChange printer's name

Set printer's location and comment

Print a test page

Set personal printing preferences

SharingShare a printer, or stop sharing

Publish a printer in Active Directory

Install additional drivers

PortsAdd, delete, and configure a port

Enable printer pooling

AdvancedSchedule printer availability

Assign printer priority

Change printer's driver

Set spooling options

Set printer's default preferences

Set a separator page

SecurityAssign permissions for a printer

Audit printer use

Take ownership of a printer

Device SettingsSet printer memory

Assign a print form to a tray

Choose font types

Set what optional features are installed

Here are some examples of optional properties tabs that might appear depending on the type of printer (as indicated by its driver), the situations in which they appear, and what you use them to do. Other optional tabs not listed in the table might also appear.


Tab Appears with Use to
Color ManagementColor printersSet color profile
AboutSome driversPrinter manufacturer information (when manufacturer assists with driver)
UtilitiesSome driversPrinter manufacturer utilities
User InformationFax driversInformation to be used on the fax cover page
Printer CommandsGeneric printers (text only)Set control codes for a generic printer
Font SelectionGeneric printers (text only)Set control codes for fonts