I have a TON of printers that appear in my computers’ print dialog boxes, some of them with very specialized functions. I need those printers to be available for those functions, but I don’t ever use them from print dialog boxes.
As a specific example of what I mean: QuickBooks requires me to have the following printers installed: “Microsoft XPS Document Writer” “Amyuni Document Converter” “QuickBooks PDF Converter” and “QuickBooks PDF Converter 2.0” And yet, I can’t print to these from outside QuickBooks without an error. (Well, I guess with the exception of XPS, but I have no use for XPS outside of the QuickBooks dependency on it). If I uninstall these printers, QuickBooks has problems exporting PDFs, sending e-mails, and completing reconciliations so I have to keep them active.
Another example: Quicken needs the “Quicken PDF Printer”
I’m tired of scrolling through a long list of printers in all of my other applications and would love to hide these application-specific ones without removing them entirely.
Some random information you might need:
- I’m using a combination of Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7.
- We do have the default printer set, but we still need to change printers regularly.
- I have the 2007-2012 versions of QuickBooks running, and need to continue supporting old versions.
- The answer is not that Intuit is evil. I already know that.