How to modernize Internet Printers Web Page For Better Browser Compatibility?


  • We deployed the http://PrinterServer/Printers page on a Server 2016 Standard server and it works OK for computers on our domain, but only in Internet Explorer.  Computers on our domain probably won't use the page since it has no apparent advantage over using Windows 10 add printer dialogs.

    So, the primary use for this page would be for contractors and visitors with PCs not joined to our domain to be able to easily add printers.

    However, it is NOT easy at all.  It is much worse for non-domain joined computers.  IE won't show the Connect link unless they enable Compatibility view settings AND add the printers page to their Trusted sites.  This is not user friendly or intuitive at all and it's ridiculous for them to have to add our entire domain to compatibility view since that may break modern sites that works best in native mode.

    Are there any settings we can change on the print server web page to make the Printers page Connect links work without special compability settings in IE?

    Are there any other workarounds such as using a custom page to share printers and copy the Connect link URLS there?

    It's annoying that the page "looks" so dated, but what's worse than cosmetic appearance is that it doesn't work in any modern browsers and doesn't even work in IE 11 without tinkering with Internet Options settings.

    Thursday, June 14, 2018 2:44 AM

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  • Hi,

    There is a article for you

    Customizing Print Web Pages

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    Friday, June 15, 2018 7:20 AM
  • I didn't find anything in that link and the sites around it that addresses making the Connect link available in IE 11 without adding the domain to Compatibility View and Trusted Sites or showing any method for installing the printers that works in Microsoft Edge and/or Chrome.
    • Edited by Kalimanne Friday, June 15, 2018 1:13 PM
    Friday, June 15, 2018 1:11 PM
  • Still nothing on this front? We're less than 2 months away from a Server 2019 debut, and the page for adding printers still isn't browser agnostic? Shame. Subscribing to the thread.

    ------ Mike

    Thursday, September 20, 2018 3:06 AM
  • Hi,

    That feature have been out of development for 15 years.  I would not expect any changes other than the feature removal but that's up to other folks now.

    Do you have the 2019 Insider builds?  I hope you noticed that there are no longer print drivers included in Windows. 

    Okay, there are about 10 print drivers included.  

    Happy days.

    Alan Morris formerly with Windows Printing Team

    Wednesday, October 3, 2018 3:06 AM