How to Add a Virtual USB Printer Port
By Alex Zang
When you plug a printer into a computer, it creates a virtual USB printer port. This allows you to modify the printer settings, and also allows the printer to be compatible with older software. While a virtual USB printer port is automatically created whenever you plug a printer into your computer, you can also use your Control Panel in order to create your own virtual printer port. You'll need to have a printer available on your network in order to create your port.
Click the Start button, then choose "Control Panel."
Click "Hardware and Sound" then select "Printer."
Click "Add Printer."
Select the printer you want to add from your network list. If you can't find the printer you want to add, choose "The printer I want isn't listed."
Click "Browse for Printer" then click "Next." Select the printer you want to add from the list provided.
Click "OK." Once you've done this, the virtual USB printer port will be added to your computer.
Alex Zang has been freelance writing since 2004, specializing in sports and technology. His work has appeared in "The Calgary Herald" and "Western Canadian Condos & Resorts," as well as online. Zang studied film production and screenwriting at Mount Royal College.