To connect to a printer using a browser


Open Internet Explorer

You can also use any other window or folder with an address bar, such as Printers and Faxes, Windows Explorer, or My Computer.


In the address bar, type one of the following:

If you don't know the printer's name, type using the format: http://PrintServerName/printers/ 

For example type http://W2KPrintSrv1/printers to receive a page listing all the printers located on print server W2KPrinterSrv1.

If you know the printer's name, type its URL using the format: http://PrintServerName/PrinterName/ 

For example type http://W2KPrintSrv1/HPColor5/ to go directly to that printer page.


When viewing the printer's page, click Connect under Printer Actions to connect to that printer.

Windows automatically copies the appropriate printer driver to your computer and the icon for the printer appears in Printers and Faxes in Control Panel.


To open Printers and Faxes, click Start, click Control Panel, click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Printers and Faxes

If you know the printer's URL you can use the Add Printer Wizard to add the printer using its URL rather than typing its name in the Uniform Naming Convention (UNC) format: \\printserver_name\share_name. When the wizard prompts for the printer name, just enter the printer's URL, in the format, http://PrintServerName/PrinterName.

From the printer's URL page, you can view information such as the printer model, the printer's location, and the number of documents waiting to print, as well as properties such as print speed and whether the printer supports color printing. You can pause, resume, and cancel printing of any document you have sent to the printer. If you have the Manage Printers permission for the printer, you can also pause or resume operation of the printer. For information about printer permissions, click Related Topics.

For Internet printing, you must have IIS installed. For more information, click Related Topics

You must use Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) version 4.0 or higher to connect to a printer.

After you connect to a shared printer from a Web browser, you can use it as if it were attached to your computer.

Related Topics

Assigning printer permissions

Security permissions for printing

Connect to a printer on a network

Connect a printer directly to your computer

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