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Virtual Printers in Printer INF Files

Last Updated: 9/16/2016

A virtual printer is a print destination, such as a fax server or electronic document, that is not a physical printer. Because a virtual printer does not have a hardware ID, it must be represented in your printer INF file by a null hardware ID.

To insert a null hardware ID in an INF file, add a second comma in the models section of the INF between the Install section name and the Compatible ID. The following example shows how to create a null hardware ID for the indicated fax printer.

"Objectworld Fax Printer"=OWFAX,,Objectworld_Fax_Printer

For more information about virtual printers in INF files, see DriverCategory in Printer INF File Entries.

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