How to Delete a Printer Port
By B. Steele
Printer ports provide a means by which an operating system, such as Windows 7, communicates with a printer. Some ports are physical, such as LPT or COM, and others are TCP/IP network ports, defined by the printer’s IP address. Usually, ports are created as needed when you install local and networked printers, but they’re usually not deleted automatically when you remove or reconfigure your office printers. Ultimately, you may find yourself with a lot of unneeded printer ports. Fortunately, you can remove them fairly easily.
Log on to the computer using an account with administrator rights.
Click “Start” and then type “print management” in the search box.
Click “Print Management” in the results list.
Double-click “Print Servers” in the navigation pane.
Double-click the computer name, which will have the word “local” next to it in parentheses.
Right-click the port you want to remove and select “Delete.” Click “OK” when asked for confirmation.
The Print Management applet is not available in some versions of Windows 7. If your office computer is missing the applet, you can still delete printer ports. Click “Start” and then click “Devices and Printers.” Right-click any printer you have installed and select “Printer Properties.” Click the “Ports” tab and delete any unwanted ports from there.
If you’re deleting a network printer port, make note of the printer’s IP address, which will probably be the port name. This quick step will save you time and aggravation later on if you need to reconnect that printer.
You cannot delete a port if one of your installed printers is using it. Either move the printer to another port beforehand or delete the printer itself.
Remember that if you’re working with a printer that is shared out to any other computers in your office, any port changes you make will render the printer inaccessible to the other office computers until you reconfigure them accordingly.
A writer and proofreader since 2006, B. Steele also works as an IT Help Desk analyst, specializing in consumer and business user tech support. She earned a B.A. in English and journalism from Roger Williams University. Steele also holds certifications as a Microsoft-certified desktop support technician, Microsoft-certified IT professional, Windows 7 enterprise support technician and CompTIA A+ IT technician.