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Connect to a printer with a browser

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To connect to a printer with a browser

  1. Open Internet Explorer, or open Printers and Faxes.

  2. In the Address bar, type one of the following:

    • If you do not know the printer name, type the following, using the format: http://PrintServerName/printers/

      For example, type http://PrintSrv1/printers to receive a page listing all the printers, and then click the printer you want.

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

      For example, type http://PrintSrv1/ColorPrinter5/ to go directly to that printer's page.

  3. When viewing the printer's page, click Connect to connect to that printer.


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

  • A server running a Windows Server 2003 family operating system automatically copies the appropriate printer driver to the client computer.

  • The administrator can disable Internet printing using the Group Policy setting Disable Web-based Printing for printers.

  • For Internet printing, you must have Internet Information Services (IIS) installed on the server (or Peer Web Services (PWS) on a computer running Windows XP Professional .

  • You must use Internet Explorer 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. You can also add it to your browser Favorites.

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.

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