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Take ownership of a printer

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To take ownership of a printer

  1. Open Printers and Faxes.

  2. Right-click the printer icon, and then click Properties.

  3. Click the Security tab, and then click Advanced.

  4. Click the Owner tab, click your user account under Change owner to, and then click OK twice.


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

  • If you are a member of the Administrators group and you want this group to take ownership of the printer, click the Administrators group.

  • By default, the user who installed the printer owns it.

  • A user or a member of a group who has Manage Printers permission for the printer can take ownership.

  • By default, members of the Administrators, Print Operators, Server Operators, and Power Users groups have Manage Printers permission, which allows them to take ownership of a printer.

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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