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View Detailed Info Of Installed Printers


Whether you're working from home or In an office environment at your workplace, you will have the need to view and access all the printers that're connected to your computer, such as the account's department printer, facsimile machine and so forth. Wouldn't It be nice, If you could view detailed Info of every Installed printer? Well, In this tutorial, I will show you how to do this with Incredible ease.


Before I begin, here's what I'm referring to In terms of Installed printers that're connected to your PC. The traditional way to view them, Is to navigate to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers. You will then see everything connected to your PC, similar to the Image below.


Depending on your computing environment, sometimes this Information Is not enough to fulfill your needs, thus I will demonstrate how to view In depth printer details, by using a native Windows utility named PowerShell.

I will also show you, how to save everything to a text file on your computer's desktop. The process Is extremely simple, so without further delay, let's rip Into this tutorial.

Step One:

To access PowerShell, open the Run menu, enter powershell and click OK as shown below.


Step Two:

PowerShell will now execute, so enter the following command.
Get-Printer | Format-List

If your terminal looks similar to mine, hit the Enter key on your keyboard.


Step Three:

Based on your Installed printers, you will now see detailed Information pertaining to each one. Here's a visual of my default Microsoft XPS Document Writer. It contains an array of useful entries.


Step Four:

I've now scrolled down a little further, and as per above, the same applies to the Fax device connected to my PC. If you have quite a number of printers, simply use the scrollbar to view the lot.


Step Five:

We'll now print everything to a text file on your computer's desktop, by entering the following command In PowerShell.
Get-Printer | Format-List | Out-File "$env:userprofile\Desktop\Printers.txt"

When you're ready, simply hit the Enter key, and the file will be automatically created.


Step Six:

I've now navigated to my computer's desktop, and as you can see, the text file named Printers.txt has been successfully created. Let's double-click It to view Its contents.


Last Step:

As expected, my text file contains the Information of every Printer. I can now use this as a point of reference as needed.


Final Thoughts:

In terms of my Printer Information that was demonstrated above, It's only a snippet of what I've displayed- there's a lot more details when scrolling through PowerShell. Of course, the text file that's generated to the desktop, Is simply a copy of PowerShell's contents, but Is very handy to keep on hand for printer Installation and configuration, troubleshooting purposes and so forth.



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