Using PowerShell to list installed printers

You can use the Get-Printer cmdlet to display a list of the installed printers on a print server. For example, the following command shows that there are four printers installed on a remote print server named HOST7:

PS C:\> Get-Printer -ComputerName HOST7 | Format-List Name,DriverName

: Samsung CLP-410 Series PCL6
DriverName : Samsung CLP-410 Series PCL6

: HP LaserJet 4200L PCL6
DriverName : HP LaserJet 4200L PCL6 Class Driver

: Microsoft XPS Document Writer
DriverName : Microsoft XPS Document Writer v4

: HP LaserJet 5200 PCL6
DriverName : HP LaserJet 5200 PCL6 Class Driver

You can pipe the output from the preceding command into the Where-Object cmdlet to determine which of these printers are shared:

PS C:\> Get-Printer -ComputerName HOST7 | where Shared -eq $true | fl Name

Name : Samsung CLP-410 Series PCL6
Name : HP LaserJet 4200L PCL6
Name : HP LaserJet 5200 PCL6

The above tip was excerpted from Mitch Tulloch’s book Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 from Microsoft Press.

Mitch is a nine-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  For more information see

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