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How To Set Up a Second Copy of Your Printer's Driver.
How To Set Up a Second Copy of Your Printer's Driver.
Most printer users have a specific set of preferences for the majority of their print jobs. But unlike people, not all print jobs are created equal.
Some jobs may demand a different set of preferences that require you to change the printer's settings before each job. Over time, this can become a huge hassle, but there is a shortcut option (for Windows users).
By setting up a second copy of your printer's driver, with the alternative printer preferences permanently saved, you will have the option to select this second profile just like you select an alternative printer. One click, and you are ready to print.

Using a second copy of your printer driver can also help you save ink. By setting up and saving a copy with economy settings (i.e. fast, grayscale, draft) you can avoid excessive ink usage on prints that don't demand presentation quality. You can then set this economy profile as your default printer and save ink every time you click "print."
This is how you do it:
  • Click on the "Start" icon and select "Control Panel."
  • Double-click the “Printers and Faxes” icon.
  • Right-click on the printer that you want to duplicate and select “Properties”
  • At this point you need to gather two pieces of information. Click on the “Ports” tab and take note of the port that the selected printer is connected to. Please write it down if you feel that you need to. Do not change any settings at this point.
  • Now, click on the “Advanced” tab and take note of the exact name of the driver being used. Again, write this down if necessary and do not change any settings. Click “Cancel” to exit back to “Printers and Faxes.”
  • Click “Add a printer” at the top of the column on the left side of the window.
  • Select “Local printer attached to this computer,” but de-select the “Automatically detect…” option. You need to proceed manually and cannot do so if this box is selected. Click “Next.”
  • Select “Use the following port” and scroll down to find the port that you noted in step 4. Then click “Next.”
  • Select the manufacturer of your printer in the left-hand column. Then, in the right-hand column, find the printer driver that you noted in step 5 and click “Next.”
  • Select “Keep existing driver” and click “Next.”
  • Change the name of the printer to something that will designate the preferences you intend to use. In this case, I intend to set this color printer to only print in grayscale, so I added that to the end of its name. If you would like to set this profile as your default printer, select yes. Otherwise, select no, and then click “Next.”
  • Select yes to print a test page, to ensure that the second copy of the driver has been set up correctly. Then, click “Next.”
  • Click “Finish.”
  • Click “OK” if the test page successfully printed. If it did not print, click “Troubleshoot...” to find the problem.
  • Now you need to set the preferences for the second copy of the driver. In the “Printer and Faxes” window, right-click the new printer driver, and select “Printer Preferences.”
  • On this screen, go ahead and set the printer preferences to your needs. In this example, I have set my color printer to “fast” and “Grayscale Printing” to save as much ink as possible. Not all printer utility drivers are similar, so you may be looking at a screen that is dramatically different than the example. Click “OK” when you are done.
  • When you go to print a document, you will now see your new copy of your printer driver as an available option and as your default option if you made the appropriate selection in step 11.