Native Printing

Configures a list of printers.

This policy allows administrators to provide printer configurations for
their users.

display_name and description are free-form strings that can be customized for ease of printer selection. manufacturer and model serve to ease printer identification by end users. They represent the manufacturer and model of the printer. uri should be an address reachable from a client computer including the scheme, port, and queue. uuid is optional. If provided, it is used to help deduplicate zeroconf printers.

Either effective_model should contain the name of the printer or autoconf should be set to true. The printers with both or without any properties will be ignored.

Printer setup is completed upon the first use of a printer. PPDs are not downloaded until the printer is used. After that time, frequently used PPDs are cached.

This policy has no effect on whether users can configure printers on individual devices. It is intended to be supplementary to the configuration of printers by individual users.

For Active Directory managed devices this policy supports expansion of ${MACHINE_NAME[,pos[,count]]} to the Active Directory machine name or a substring of it. For example, if the machine name is CHROMEBOOK, then ${MACHINE_NAME,6,4} would be replaced by the 4 characters starting after the 6th position, i.e. BOOK. Note that the position is zero-based.

See for more information about schema and formatting.

Example value:

{ "display_name": "Color Laser", "description": "The printer next to the water cooler.", "manufacturer": "Printer Manufacturer", "model": "Color Laser 2004", "uri": "ipps://", "uuid": "1c395fdb-5d93-4904-b246-b2c046e79d12", "ppd_resource": { "effective_model": "Printer Manufacturer ColorLaser2k4", "autoconf": false } }

Supported on: At least Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 family

Native Printing

Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Google\ChromeOS\NativePrinters
Value Name{number}
Value TypeREG_SZ
Default Value


Administrative Templates (Computers)

Administrative Templates (Users)