Add a printer by using Windows PowerShell

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 6 Nov. 2013 / Last Updated on 6 Nov. 2013]

A tip on how to add a printer by using Windows PowerShell on Windows 8

Here's a tip from my colleague Ed Wilson (the Microsoft Scripting Guy) about how to add a printer by using Windows PowerShell on Windows 8.

Question: You need to add a printer to your Windows 8 computer by using Windows PowerShell. How can you do this?

Answer: Use the Add-Printer function after you have used the Add-PrinterDriver and the Add-PrinterPort functions. An example appears here:

Add-Printer -Name "PrintToFile" -DriverName "Generic / Text Only" `-PortName "file:" -Comment "CreatedViaScript"

Mitch Tulloch is a nine-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  For more information see http://www.mtit.com.

Ed Wilson is the bestselling author of eight books about Windows Scripting, including Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step, and Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps. He writes a daily blog about Windows PowerShell call Hey, Scripting Guy! that is hosted on the Microsoft TechNet Script Center; for more PowerTips check out the Hey, Scripting Guy! blog.

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