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We have corporate software that requires each client computer to share it's
printer. The problem is all of these printers (about 20 of them) show up in
the printer selection box. Most people only need to see two or three
printers. I have unchecked the "Automatically search for network folders and
printers" box in Folder Options. That worked fine, until I joined the client
computers to the server using http://servername/connectcomputer. Now,
regardless of the check box status, all shared printers show up in the
printers list. I have deleted the printers I don't need, but they come back
the next time I log in. I tried disabling a couple of printer settings in
Group Policy, but the printers still come back. Can somebody lead me to the
correct Group Policy setting, Active Directory settings, or some other method
to show desired shared printers only in the client printer list. I don't need
to asign printers, I just need to not have them show up automatically.

Side note - none of the printers are shared from the server, and cannot be
due to the software we run.

Thank you in advance for your reply.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy earned 1000 total points
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The way to not have them show up automatically is to uncheck the "List in the directory" box on the printer's "Sharing" tab.

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Jeff answered the part of my question concerning the printer shares not showing up. That gave me the clues I needed to set up a group policy to prevent the "List in the directory" box from displaying. I also had to delete the existing shares from active directory. With that done, I now have complete control of the printers I want to show up in each users printer selection drop down. Thanks.
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