I have a Cannon printer connected to my network. Windows 8 found it and I'm printing wirelessly successfully. But I often switch between printing 1 page for paper sheet, and 2 pages per paper sheet. Instead of updating the preferences for my printer each time I need to print, I'd like to create a 2nd instance of my printer.

One instance I would name Cannon_1page the other Cannon_2page.

Then I would print to the appropriate printer (instance) depending on my different preferences.

Is this possible to set up?

  • @OP: For spaces indenting triggers a sort of 'code-mode' over here.
    – Hennes
    Jun 29 '15 at 23:29

Yup, easily.

Go to your Printers folder (depending which way you go, you pick), and choose the option to add a new printer. When it asks what port, choose the existing port, and existing driver. Name it something different though.

Once it's created, you can right-click on the printer queue, choose Printer Preferences... and change your settings there. I do that exact thing with the Office MFPs in my building. One queue is Black and White, the other is Colour (and requires a password).

  • That's a fantastic idea! Jun 30 '15 at 0:07
  • Does this work for network printers also? Or only for USB attached printers. Thank you for this idea Jun 30 '15 at 5:55
  • Absolutely! Create the printer as I describe here: superuser.com/questions/556381/… Jun 30 '15 at 5:57
  • I don't understand the link leads to an article regarding Windows 7 and the post pointed to 557943 is not describing how to deal with a network printer. Thank you Jul 17 '15 at 5:32
  • Tried what is recommended. I went to printers, proceeded to add a printer, chose the same printer on my network and tried to rename it somthing different. Printer never appears in my list. Jul 17 '15 at 5:33

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