How to Create a Virtual Printer

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How to Create a Virtual Printer

Adding a virtual printer on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard):

  1. Launch the Print & Fax Utility (Click on the Apple Menu, select System Preferences, and, click on the Print & Fax System Preference).
  2. Click on the lock to make changes or authenticate.
  3. Click the “” (Plus) button just above the lock.
  4. Choose IP from the menu.
  5. Choose Internet Printing Protocol - IPP from the Protocol pop-up menu.
  6. In the Address field, enter 127.0.0.1.
  7. In the Name field, enter 127.0.0.1.
  8. Choose Generic PostScript Printer from the Print Using drop-down menu.
  9. Click Add.
  10. Quit the Print & Fax and System Preferences windows.

Adding a virtual printer on Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger):

  1. Launch the Printer Setup Utility (Applications/Utilities/Printer Setup Utility).
  2. Click Add. The Printer Browser dialog box displays.
  3. Select IP Printer.
  4. Choose Internet Printing Protocol - IPP from the Protocol pop-up menu.
  5. In the Address field, enter 127.0.0.1.
  6. In the Name field, enter 127.0.0.1.
  7. Choose Apple from the Print Using drop-down menu.
  8. In the Model list, select a PostScript printer such as Apple Color LaserWriter 12/600 PS v2014.108.
  9. Click Add, and then click Continue if a dialog box displays.
  10. In the Installable Options screen, click Continue. 127.0.0.1 displays as a printer in the Printer List window.
  11. Select the 127.0.0.1 printer and then click Make Default.
  12. Quit the Printer Setup Utility.

Adding a virtual printer on Mac OS X 10.3 and earlier:

  1. For Mac OS X 10.3, launch Printer Setup Utility (Applications/Utilities/Printer Setup Utility). For versions of Mac OS X before 10.3, launch Print Center (Applications/Utilities/Print Center).
  2. Click Add.
  3. Choose IP Printing from the drop-down menu at the top.
  4. In the Printer’s Address field, enter 127.0.0.1.
  5. Click Add.  127.0.0.1 displays as a printer in the Printer List window.
  6. Select the 127.0.0.1 printer and then click Make Default.
  7. Quit the application.

Adding a virtual printer on Windows 7

  1. Select Start> Devices and Printers
  2.  Click on Add a Printer 
  3. Select Add a Local Printer
  4. Select the option Use an existing port and Select LPT1 (Print to File)
  5. Select an option from Manufacturer
  6. Check the option Use the driver that I currently installed. 
  7. Check the option Do not share 
  8. Click Finish.

Adding a virtual printer on Windows Vista:

  1. Choose Start > Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Printers icon.
  3. Choose Add Printer icon from the File menu. The Add Printer Wizard window displays.
  4. Select Add a Local Printer option.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Select the option “Use existing port” and then choose FILE: (Print to File) from the drop-down menu.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Select a PostScript printer such as the HP Color LaserJet 8500 PS.
  9. Click Next.
  10. Select the option “Use the driver that is currently installed (recommended)”.
  11. Click Next.
  12. The Type a Printer name screen displays.
  13. Enter a name for the printer and check the checkbox for Set as the default printer.
  14. Click Next.
  15. The Print Test Page screen displays.
  16. Ignore Print a test page and click Finish.

Adding a virtual printer on Windows 2000 and Windows XP:

  1. Choose Start > Settings > Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Printers and Faxes icon.
  3. Double-click the Add Printer icon. The Add Printer Wizard window displays.
  4. Click Next. The following message displays: 'The wizard was unable to detect any Plug and Play printer. To install the printer manually, click Next.'
  5. Click Next. The Select a Printer Port screen displays.
  6. Select Local Printer attached to this computer and uncheck Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Select Use the following port and then choose FILE: (Print to File) from the drop-down menu.
  9. Click Next.
  10. Select a PostScript printer such as the HP Color LaserJet 8500 PS.
  11. Click Next. The Name Your Printer screen displays.
  12. Enter a name for the printer and select Yes under Do you want to use this printer as the default printer?
  13. Click Next. The Printer Sharing screen displays.
  14. Select Do not share this printer.
  15. Click Next. The Print Test Page screen displays.
  16. Select No under Do you want to print a test page.
  17. Click Next, and then click Finish.
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  • Topic #: 30026-1112
  • Date Created: 11/20/2012
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