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Create a custom printer search

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To create a custom printer search

  1. Search for printers in Active Directory. For more information, see Related Topics.

  2. After the search results appear, you can refine the search as necessary by using any of the search options. In particular, the Advanced tab can be a powerful way to build custom printer queries.

    To change the appearance of search results to the way you want them to appear to users, click View.

  3. Click File, and then click Save Search. Select where you want the search to be saved, type a name for the search, and then click Save.


  • As administrator, you can save search results into users profiles, which allow you to distribute the search results file to users' Printers and Faxes folders, desktops, or any other location on users' computers.

  • You and your users can further narrow search results by using the Filter option on the View menu, which is available only when you click Details. However, filtering criteria are not saved by Save Search.

  • Users can use the saved search file by double-clicking the file name. The saved search runs in the background, and only the result of the saved search appears.

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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