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How Can I Change Printer Spooler Default Location?

This Tutorial addresses:
  • Default
  • Printers
Printer spooling can be thought of as a temporary buffer in which the documents are temporarily stored before they are finally sent to the printing device for the final printout. By default the system drive, which in most cases is C:\, is used to spool the documents before they are printed. Because of this reason, the organizations that have heavy printing tasks to perform, modify the default location and save the spooled documents in the drive other than C:\.

The reason why such organizations modify the default location of the print spooler is that if a printer is assigned too many tasks, and it spools every task that has been assigned to it, a decent amount space in the system drive of the hard disk drive would be consumed. This may result in reduced system performance, which may further decrease the production, hence ending up with business loss.

In this tutorial, you will learn how you can change the default printer spooler location. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Log on to the computer using administrator account.

  2. Assuming that Microsoft Windows 7 is installed on the computer, click the Start button.

  3. From the displayed Start menu, click the Devices and Printers option.

  4. On the opened window, under the Printers and Faxes section, click to select the target printer.

  5. Once selected, from the top of the window, under the address bar, click the Print server properties button.



  6. On the opened Print Server Properties box, go to the Advanced tab.

  7. From the bottom of the displayed interface, click the Change Advanced Settings button.



  8. In the displayed box that appears next, in the Spool folder field, type the path of the target location where you want the printer spooler to spool the documents.



  9. Once done, click OK to save the changes that you have made.

  10. Restart the computer in order to allow the changes to take effect.

  • Note: Make sure that the target volume where you want to redirect the print spooler has sufficient amount of free disk space in order to accommodate all the spooled documents that are sent to the printer. If your organization has really very large amount of printing tasks to perform, and if the budget allows, get a new hard disk drive and assign the entire disk space that the drive has for the printer spooler in order to have a flawless printing experience.
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