RunAs Trick for Installing Local Printers

Sometimes it’s the simplest things in life that get us, like not being able to use RunAs on the “Add a Printer” icon in Windows XP. Countless times I have logged off to add a printer as an administrator and today, it really bugged me. I had a user that was trying to print a JPEG file from their e-mail. Problem? If I log out and install the printer as myself, I cannot set the printer as default without knowing their password. Neither will I know if it worked logged in as them (the user ran off to a meeting before I got there). Well, this bugged me again so much that I did a USENET search and low and behold a little trick:

Open the Printers Folder
Move the mouse to any white area
Hold down the shift, Right Click
Note the RunAs option

There are two selections: Add printer and Server Properties.

Given by Microsoft employee Alan Morris (who, by the way, did not know the answer right away…I feel better now)

I think this trick is specific to Windows XP, maybe that’s why I didn’t pick up on it right away.

-Soli Deo Gloria

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