Instead of using the print driver’s factory default settings you can add your own print driver configuration. When the printer is added on the user’s computer the configuration is added as well. That way, the user does not have to make these configuration changes. If you are satisfied with the print driver’s factory defaults, you do not need to make a print driver configuration.

Print driver configuration consists of:

  • Device Settings
    Specifies the availability of Installable Options (such as Paper trays, Duplexer, Staple, Hole punch, and Output bins), and for example Form to tray Assignment. If the print driver is a Universal print driver, you may have to select a Configuration tab and perhaps also set the Printer model.
  • Printing defaults
    Open the Advanced tab and select the Printing Defaults… button to configure per-printer defaults. Printing defaults include Advanced Document Settings (such as Print 2-sided, and Print in black), and for example Finishing Options.

To be certain that the configuration settings are stored in a manner that drivers can understand, the computer used to create configuration files should use the same operating system edition and driver version.

See also:

How to add a new print driver configuration

  1. Open the Print queue properties page.
  2. Select the Drivers tab.
  3. Identify the System. Example: Windows 10 ×64.
  4. Select Add a new configuration
  1. In the Add a new print driver configuration dialog:
    • Enter Name. Example: A4, Tray 2+3, Stapler.
    • Select the Computer you want to use to make the configuration. You and only you must be signed in to the computer.
    • If there are computers where there are also other users signed in, you can not select these (dimmed). Example: COMPIX (Users: 2)
    • If the Select computer list is empty, it is because you are not signed in to Printix Client on a computer that match the System (Windows 10 ×64).
    • For best user experience open Printix Administrator on the same computer you want to modify the print driver configuration on.
    • If you are remotely signing in to the computer, we recommend you also open Printix Administrator on the computer.
  1. Select Continue.
  2. On the computer Printix Client opens the Print driver configuration dialog to show the progress:
    • Downloading print driver
      This may take several minutes depending on the size of the print driver and the speed of your Internet connection.
    • Adding temporary printer

  1. Make your changes in the PRINTER_TMPxxxx properties dialog. Make sure to make you changes within 10 minutes, as the dialog is closed automatically.
    • Your view of the dialog may be blocked by other windows. Select Alt + Tab key to switch between windows.
  2. Open the Device Settings tab to configure Installable Options and Form to Tray Assignment.
  3. Open the Advanced tab and select the Printing Defaults… button to configure per-printer defaults.
  1. Select OK.
    • Saving print driver configuration.
      The print driver configuration is uploaded to Printix Cloud.
    • Deleting printer PRINTER_TMPxxxx.
      The temporary printer is removed from the computer.

  1. In Printix Administrator:
    • The print driver configuration is selected.
    • The print driver selection is locked

How to get print driver configurations via discover printers

Start the discovery from the computer that has a print queue with the desired print driver and print driver configuration.

  1. Open the Computers page.
  2. Select the computer and select Modify.
  3. Select Discover printers.

The print driver configuration will be named the same as the print queue. Uppercase and lowercase letters are treated the same.

How to rename a print driver configuration

  1. On the Print queue properties page select the Drivers tab.
  2. Identify the System. Example: Windows 10 ×64.
  3. Select the Modify icon.
  4. Edit the Configuration name.
  5. Select Save.

How to modify a print driver configuration

  1. On the Print queue properties page select the Drivers tab.
  2. Identify the System. Example: Windows 10 ×64.
  3. Select the Setup icon.
  4. In the Modify print driver configuration dialog select the Computer to use to modify the configuration.
    • Select the Computer you want to use to make the configuration. You and only you must be signed in to the computer.
    • If there are computers where there are also other users signed in, you can not select these (dimmed). Example: COMPIX (Users: 2)
    • If the Select computer list is empty, it is because you are not signed in to Printix Client on a computer that match the System (Windows 10 ×64).
    • For best user experience open Printix Administrator on the same computer you want to modify the print driver configuration on.
    • If you are remotely signing in to the computer, we recommend you also open Printix Administrator on the computer.
  1. Select Continue. Follow the same steps (7 to 12) as in Add a new print driver configuration.

How to delete a print driver configuration

  1. On the Print queue properties page select the Drivers tab.
  2. Identify the System. Example: Windows 10 ×64.
  3. Select the Delete icon.
  4. Select Confirm to delete the configuration.

How to configure anywhere print queue to use universal print driver

If you have a homogeneous printer fleet, you can choose to change the print driver for the Printix Anywhere print queue to a universal print driver that supports your registered printers. By default the Printix Anywhere print queue sends data to the printer as PDF without control of finishing options. Changing it to use a universal print driver allows configuration of Device settings and Printing defaults.

Prerequisites

  • Printer fleet is homogeneous
    Printers are preferably from the same printer vendor, possibly also limited to a few printer models.
  • Universal print driver
    Choose your preferred printer vendor’s universal print driver. The print driver’s format (page description language, for example: PostScript or PCL) MUST be supported by all printers. Otherwise, users will either not get any print at all or lots of pages with weird looking characters.

Configuration of universal print driver

  1. Identify the universal print driver you want to use.
  2. Identify a registered printer you want to use to make the print driver configuration.
    • The computer you use must be able to connect to the printer.
    • To allow users maximum control with finishing options, you may want to select a printer that has the most Installable options (such as Paper trays, Duplexer, Staple, Hole punch, and Output bins). If the user has selected hole punch and releases the document to a printer, that does not support hole punch, the document is printed anyway (without holes).
  1. Create a print queue for the identified printer without making it active. Name it for example: Anywhere setup.
  2. For each system (Windows 10 ×64, Windows 7 ×64, …)
  1. When done, use Distribute print queue configuration to apply the Anywhere setup print queue configuration to the Printix Anywhere print queue.
  2. Use Update print queues to make the changes take effect on computers where the Printix Anywhere print queue is already installed.

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