printing attachments to network printer in Outlook 2007

Posted on 2009-04-30
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have a client that is running Outlook 2007. She is printing emails with attachments using ctl+P. I have set it in the print options to "print attached files" and it states there also that, "Attachments will print to the default printer only". She has a local printer as well as network printers. She changes her default printer to one of the network printers however when she prints, it will print the email itself to the network printer however any attachments print only to the local printer. I have had her shut down outlook, then change the default, then restart outlook and it still prints to the local printer.

Anyone run into this or have any idea how to resolve? Is this just a typo on Microsofts side where the message should say, "attachments will print to the local printer only"?
Question by:605mrsb
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    Expert Comment

    This is no typo.
    Attachments can print to a network printer as long as its set as the default printer.

    Just check that the appropriate network printer is set as the default before she starts the print process.

    Also, check that she has the latest 2007 update installed:
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    Expert Comment

    Also, check how she is "changing" her default printer.....


    Author Comment

    As I stated in the original post... She is changing her default printer to one of the network printers before she starts printing... To be more specific: She goes to Start>printers and Faxes. It opens an explorer window and then she right clicks on the Network Printer she wishes to print to and chooses "Set as my default Printer"... then she goes to the email she wants to print off (with attachments) and does a ctl+P. The email message itself prints to the network printer however the attachments print to the local printer.

    and I have installed service pack 2 for Office... the latest release of updates. This was occurring prior to and after the installed update.

    Also, what exactly do you mean by, how she is "changing" her default printer?

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    Just wanted to verify how she was changing her default printer as have seen or heard some "other" ways.

    Does this only happen when she uses Ctrl+P?
    What happens if she uses File Print?

    Is it possible to get her to try it on another PC and see if this issue follows here or can be replicated?

    Might have her close Outlook and open using
    Start>Run>Outlook.exe /safe

    Does it happen here?
    If it doesnt, its likely there is an add-in causing this issue.

    If it still happens here, have her close outlook and reopen using
    Start>Run>Outlook.exe /cleanprofile


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