How to Create a "Print Queue" Shortcut in Windows 7 and Windows 8

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A print queue is a representation of a print device (physical printer) in Windows. The print queue displays information about documents that are waiting to print, such as the printing status, document owner, size, and number of pages to print. You can use the print queue to view, pause, resume, restart, and cancel print jobs.

This tutorial will show you how to create a shortcut that opens directly to the print queue of an installed printer of your choice in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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If your print jobs are currently printing, you can open the print queue by clicking the printer icon Name:  Print.png
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EXAMPLE: Print Queue

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OPTION ONE
To Create a "Print Queue" Shortcut from Devices and Printers


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This option is the easiest method to use, but you will only be able to use the shortcut on your desktop or in Quick Launch.


1. Open the Control Panel (icons view) in Windows 7 or Windows 8, and click/tap on the Devices and Printers icon.

2. Under the Printers section in "Devices and Printers", right click on a printer (ex: Samsung Universal Print Driver 2), and click/tap on Create shortcut. (see screenshot below)

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3. A print queue shortcut for this specific printer will now be created on your desktop. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can rename this shortcut anything you like.

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Some printers will have this shortcut open to their own printer options type window like below first, where you could then select to "See what's printing" to open it's print queue.

If you prefer to open directly to the print queue of a printer, then you may prefer to use OPTION TWO below instead.

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4. When finished, you can close Devices and Printers if you like.







OPTION TWO
To Manually Create a "Print Queue" Shortcut


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This option is a bit more work, but your will be able use or pin the shortcut where you like.

1.
Open the Control Panel (icons view) in Windows 7 or Windows 8, and click/tap on the Device Manager icon.

2. In Device Manager, double click/tap on Print queues to expand it open. Make note of the printer name (ex: Samsung Universal Print Driver 2) that you want to create a print queue shortcut of. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: Keep this opened for now to reference in step 4 below.

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3. Right click or press and hold on an empty area on your desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

4. Copy and paste the location below into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot below)

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Substitute name of printer in the command below with the actual printer name (ex: Samsung Universal Print Driver 2) from step 2 above within quotes.


%WinDir%\System32\rundll32.exe printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /o /n "name of printer"


For example: For my Samsung Universal Print Driver 2, I would use this exact command below.

Code:
%WinDir%\System32\rundll32.exe printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /o /n "Samsung Universal Print Driver 2"


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5. Type a name you would like for the shortcut, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)

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6. Right click or press and hold on the new shortcut on your desktop, and click/tap on Properties.

7. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

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8. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the path below and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

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9. Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)
NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.

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10. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 7)

11. A print queue shortcut for this specific printer will now be created on your desktop. (see screenshot below)

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12. In Windows 7, you can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

13. In Windows 8, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.






That's it,
Shawn