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    Is it possible under Windows XP to print a document to a network printer that is not currently accessible and have it print automatically as soon as the printer is found?
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    It depends on how the network printer is setup. If a print queue is configured on a machine acting as a print server which then points to the printer the documents will be queued until such time as a printer is assigned to that queue (usually by IP address). This can be a nightmare when the printer goes offline and 10 people are all repeatedly sending documents to the queue but it ensures everything eventually gets printed.

    I've got a document which explains how to configure a queue in this manner if you want to go that way although I'm not 100% sure whether it will work on a non server installation of Windows.

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    I'm sure that would apply. This is for a printer on one Windows LAN, and I frequently go to another LAN where there is absolutely no access to the other one.
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    Do you mean you switch the PC between two LAN's (a laptop that you plug-in in different locations or similar)?

    If that's the case you should be able to setup the queue on your local machine where docs will sit until you're on the LAN with the printer.

    I'll dig the info out when I'm at work tomorrow.

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    Although not automatic, you could try printing to a file. When you go back to your "print-enabled" network, you can manually print the files. Save them to your desktop (or somewhere really visible!) to remember to print them.

    You can also print to PDF.
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    Ok - just tested on my machine here and it's working.

    Here's the brief outline of how to set it up:

    1. Goto Printer and Faxes >> Add a Printer
    2. Select local printer and untick the "would you like windows to delay this process by hours by searching randomly for a printer" box
    3. Select Create a new port and choose TCP/IP
    4. You'll be asked for the printer IP - supply that
    5. Click next and it'll warn you that it can't find the printer if it's not available at the time but will still allow the installation to continue
    6. Select the NIC - generic is usually ok
    7. Click finish and you'll be taken to the standard driver installation dialogue - complete that and you should be ready to roll

    When you send documents to the queue while the printer is AWOL you may get an info bubble to say that the printer isn't available but the docs will remain in the queue until the printer becomes available (you may need to restart the queue to process all the docs but I've found that in most cases it automatically kicks itself off after a network poll).

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    I was hoping for ideally an automatic system.
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    You can also turn the info bubble off through the registry to avoid that popping up regularly which does get annoying.


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