How to Transfer Print Jobs to Another Printer

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When one printer has a print job in its queue but you want to send the print job to another printer on the network, you must first have the "Manage Printers" permission both for the printer you want to transfer the print job from and the printer you want to send the print job to. You will not be able to transfer print jobs that are already printing, including documents that have jammed in the original printer. These directions apply to Windows Server 2003, Windows Server R2, Windows Server SP1 and SP2.

  • Click the "Start" button on the left side of the task bar. Click "Printers and Faxes" in the menu that appears, launching a new window.

  • Double-click the icon for the printer that you want to transfer a print job from. Look for the "Printer" menu, then click the "Properties" button.

  • Click the tab labeled "Ports." If the printer you wish to send the print job to is on the same print server as the other printer, click the port assigned to the printer you wish to send the print job to. Click the "Ok" button to save your selection.

  • Click "Add Port" if you want to transfer a print job to a printer on a different print server. Click "Local Port" then click "New Port." Type in the blank box two forward slashes, the name of the print server for the printer you wish to send the print job to, one forward slash and the name of the printer you wish to send the print job.

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