Use PowerShell to return printer status

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 23 Oct. 2013 / Last Updated on 23 Oct. 2013]

A tip on how to use Windows PowerShell 3 on Windows 8 to get printer status

Here's a tip from my colleague Ed Wilson (the Microsoft Scripting Guy) about how to use Windows PowerShell 3 on Windows 8 to get printer status.

Question: You need to find the status of printers on a local or a remote computer. How can you do this?

Answer: Use the Get-Printer function from a Windows 8 computer. You can target a downlevel system as well. Here is the command:


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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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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