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Manage printers from 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 manage printers from a browser

  1. From Internet Explorer, or any other browser, type the following URL:


    Or, type a specific printer URL:


  2. In All Printers onPrintServerName, click the printer you want to manage.


    • To facilitate stronger network security, remote printer management is not available by default. To enable remote printer management, in Group Policy, you must enable the Allow Print Spooler to Accept Client Connections policy. For more information, see Related Topics.

  3. In PrinterName on PrintServerName, you can click any function on the left pane to stop, resume, or cancel a specific document or all documents. You can also click a specific document in the queue to see its properties.


  • An administrator can disable Internet printing with the Group Policy setting Disable Web-based Printing.

  • For Internet printing you must have Internet Information Services (IIS) installed on a computer running a Windows Server 2003 family operating system (this is installed by default) or Peer Web Services (PWS) on a computer running Windows XP Professional.

  • You can also access the Web-based view from the Printers folder if Enabled Web view content in folder is selected (the folder has the Web-based view in the left pane). If you click any printer in the right pane, you can select Get More Info in the left pane to view the printer's content in Web-based view.

    In addition, you can use the left pane to jump to the Microsoft support Web site, and, if available, the printer's vendor support Web site.

  • You can manage any printer connected to a computer running a Windows Server 2003 family operating system from any other computer running a Windows Server 2003 family operating system, when Web-based printing is enabled. Web-based printing is enabled by default.

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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