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Remove-Printer

Updated: August 15, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2012

Remove-Printer

Removes a printer from the specified computer.

Syntax

Parameter Set: __cmdletization_Query
Remove-Printer [-Name] <String> [-AsJob] [-CimSession <CimSession> ] [-ComputerName <String> ] [-PassThru] [-ThrottleLimit <Int32> ] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [ <CommonParameters>]

Parameter Set: __cmdletization_InputObject
Remove-Printer -InputObject <CimInstance> [-AsJob] [-CimSession <CimSession> ] [-PassThru] [-ThrottleLimit <Int32> ] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [ <CommonParameters>]




Detailed Description

The Remove-Printer cmdlet deletes a printer from the specified computer. You can specify the printer to remove by using either a printer object retrieved by Get-Printer, or by specifying a printer name.

You can use wildcard characters with Remove-Printer. You can use Remove-Printer in a Windows PowerShell remoting session.

You do not need administrator privileges to use Remove-Printer.

Parameters

-AsJob

Runs the cmdlet as a background job. Use this parameter to run commands that take a long time to complete. The cmdlet immediately returns an object that represents the job and then displays the command prompt. You can continue to work in the session while the job completes. To manage the job, use the *-Job cmdlets. To get the job results, use the Receive-Job cmdlet. For more information about Windows PowerShell® background jobs, see about_Jobs.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-CimSession<CimSession>

Runs the cmdlet in a remote session or on a remote computer. Enter a computer name or a session object, such as the output of a New-CimSession or Get-CimSession cmdlet. The default is the current session on the local computer.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-ComputerName<String>

Specifies the name of the computer from which to remove the printer.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

local machine name

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-InputObject<CimInstance>

Specifies the object which contains the printer to remove.


Aliases

none

Required?

true

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

true (ByValue)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Name<String>

Specifies the name of the printer to remove.


Aliases

none

Required?

true

Position?

1

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

true (ByPropertyName)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-PassThru

Returns an object representing the item with which you are working. By default, this cmdlet does not generate any output.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-ThrottleLimit<Int32>

Specifies the maximum number of concurrent operations that can be established to run the cmdlet. If this parameter is omitted or a value of 0 is entered, then Windows PowerShell® calculates an optimum throttle limit for the cmdlet based on the number of CIM cmdlets that are running on the computer. The throttle limit applies only to the current cmdlet, not to the session or to the computer.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Confirm

Prompts you for confirmation before running the cmdlet.


Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

false

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-WhatIf

Shows what would happen if the cmdlet runs. The cmdlet is not run.


Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

false

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

<CommonParameters>

This cmdlet supports the common parameters: -Verbose, -Debug, -ErrorAction, -ErrorVariable, -OutBuffer, and -OutVariable. For more information, see    about_CommonParameters.

Inputs

The input type is the type of the objects that you can pipe to the cmdlet.

  • Microsoft.Management.Infrastructure.CimInstance#ROOT/StandardCimv2/MSFT_Printer

    This cmdlet accepts one printer object.


Outputs

The output type is the type of the objects that the cmdlet emits.

  • By default, this cmdlet produces no output.


Examples

Example 1: Remove a specific printer

This command removes the printer named "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" from the local computer.


PS C:\> Remove-Printer –Name "Microsoft XPS Document Writer"

Example 2: Remove a specific printer using a printer object

This set of commands retrieves a printer object into a variable ($Printer) using Get-Printer, and then removes the specified printer using Remove-Printer.


 

PS C:\> $printer = Get-Printer –Name "Microsoft XPS Document Writer"

 

PS C:\> Remove-Printer –InputObject $printer

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