How to Hide Local Printers

By Kirk Bennet

Reserve printers for your use only by hiding them from your network.
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If you have one or more printers connected to your office computer and the computer is connected to the network, everyone has access to the printers. This is like sharing the printer with the entire office. To prevent your employees from erroneously printing their documents on your local printers, you must hide them by removing your employees' printer permissions from the printers' Security menu.

Click the "Start" button and select "Control Panel" from the menu to launch the Control Panel.

Click the "View devices and printers" link in the "Hardware and Sound" section to view your printers.

Right-click the printer you want to hide and select "Printer properties" from the context menu.

Click the "Security" tab in the Printer Properties window to switch to it.

Click the "Everyone" item in the "Group or user names" section, and then click the "Remove" button.

Select any other users that have access to the printer, and then click the "Remove" button to remove permissions from all users except you.

Click the "Apply" button to apply the new settings, and then click "OK" to close the Printer Properties window.