Enable and Configure VMware Virtual Printing

Printing a document is common for almost every home or business user in nowadays. If you are working on a VMware virtual machine, you don’t need to do anything special to print a document. VMware Workstation and VMware Workstation Player allow you to print from a virtual machine to any printer available to the host computer. This is done through the VMware virtual printing feature. However, for the proper functioning, VMware Tools should be installed on the virtual machine from which you want to print documents.

In order to enable printing for the VMware virtual machines, you need to ensure that the virtual printing feature is enabled and configured. In this post, we will explain how to enable virtual printing for VMware virtual machines.

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To configure virtual printing, first, you need to enable the virtual printing feature. Depending on the VMware platform you are using (VMware Workstation or VMware Workstation Player), use either of the following tasks:

Enable VMware Virtual Printing on VMware Player

  1. On the VMware Player console, click Player, select File, and then select Player Preferences.
  2. On the Preferences dialog box, select the Enable virtual printers check box, and then click OK.

Enable VMware Virtual Printing on VMware Player

Note: In order to enable the virtual printing feature, make sure that the VMware Tools are installed on the virtual machine.

Enable VMware Virtual Printing for VMware Workstation

To enable virtual printing for the virtual machine running on VMware Workstation, you need to perform the following steps:

  1. Select the desired virtual machine, open the Virtual Machine Settings window and then enable the Printer option.Enable VMware Virtual Printing on VMware Workstation
  2. After enabling the virtual printing feature, you can use an existing printer or you can add a new printer to the virtual machine.

Adding a New Printer to VMware Virtual Machine

To add a new printer to the VMware Virtual Machine, you need to perform the following steps:

  1. Select the desired virtual machine and open the Virtual Machine Settings window.
  2. Select the Hardware tab and click Add.
  3. In the Add Hardware wizard, select Printer, and then click Finish.Adding new printer to VMware Virtual Machine
  4. The available printer will be added to the VMware virtual machine.
  5. Close the Virtual Machine Settings window.

That’s all you need to do to enable virtual printing in VMware virtual machine. Please drop your queries and suggestions in the comment box to improve the quality of the article. Please do share the article.

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