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

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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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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