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Finding and changing a user’s default printer in the Registry

The MS article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/156212 ‘Changing a User’s Default Printer in the Registry’ describes how you can change the registry in order to change a user’s default printer.

In brief (quote):

To change the default printer, add the registry entry as shown below:

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious, system-wide problems that may require you to reinstall Windows NT to correct them. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use this tool at your own risk.

  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
  2. Under the HKEY_ CURRENT_USER subtree, go to the following subkey:

    Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

  3. Add or edit the following registry entry

    Device:REG_SZ:<printer description string>

    where <printer description string> is the value that Print Manager would put in if this operation were done through Print Manager. It would resemble one of the following:

    \\SERVER\HPLASER,winspool,Ne00: or DESKJET,winspool,LPT1:

    The Ne00 is a network port and LPT1 a local port.

    With some applications, the default printer is read at the time the application is started and you will need to close and restart the application for the new default printer to show.


Not able to print in color from Citrix

Sometimes you a color document print from Citrix, with apparently all settings to color but the printouts are in black and white anyway.

Possible solution:

Citrix takes over the settings from Windows. If your color printer is set by default to B/W in printing preferences, close your Citrix session. set it to color in Windows and open your Citrix session again.

But maybe you don’t want to spoil that expensive color toner and prefer to print in B/W most of the time.

Yes, you can leave your settings to B/W in Windows and switch it in Citrix to Color.

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Speeding-up Citrix printing in a WAN environment

When using Auto Created printers, the size of the spool file often grows to more than 10 times the normal size (= size when printing directly, without Citrix). I did some tests with a heavy PDF file which normally spools 14MB, that is when printed directly from Windows (or with Citrix session printers). When using Citrix Auto Created printers this grew up to a horrible 412MB ! Can you imagine the time it takes ? Tests with other files resulted in the same behaviour.

Luckily there are some solutions.

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Citrix: not able to print – no default printer

You cannot print from within a Citrix session, because you cannot set a default printer.

Possible solutions:

1) Logoff from Citrix session(s)

2) Reset security on TS profile (on TS profile, Properties, Security, Advanced, Check Replace permission entries on all child objects with entries shown here that apply to child objects and click OK). Logon to Citrix session and check.

3) If not OK, completely reset TS profile.