The virtual printing feature lets end users use local or network printers from a View desktop without requiring that additional print drivers be installed in the View desktop. For each printer available through this feature, you can set preferences for data compression, print quality, double-sided printing, color, and so on.

After a printer is added on the local Windows computer, View adds that printer to the list of available printers on the View desktop. No further configuration is required. Users who have administrator privileges can still install printer drivers on the View desktop without creating a conflict with the virtual printer component.


This feature is not available for the following types of printers:

USB printers that are using the USB redirection feature to connect to a virtual USB port in the View desktop

You must disconnect the USB printer from the View desktop in order to use the virtual printing feature with it.

The Windows feature for printing to a file

Selecting the Print to file check box in a Print dialog box does not work. Using a printer driver that creates a file does work. For example, you can use a PDF writer to print to a PDF file.

Verify that the Virtual Printing component of View Agent is installed on the View desktop. In the View desktop file system, the drivers are located in C:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\Drivers\Virtual Printer.

Installing View Agent is one of the tasks required for preparing a virtual machine to be used as a View desktop. For more information, see the VMware View Administration document.


In the View desktop, click Start > Settings > Printers and Faxes.


In the Printers and Faxes window, right-click any of the locally available printers and select Properties.

On Windows 7 desktops, you might see only the default printer, even though other printers are available. To see the other printers, right-click the default printer and point to Printer properties.


In the Print Properties window, click the ThinPrint Device Setup tab and specify which settings to use.


On the General tab, click Printing Preferences and edit the page and color settings.


On the Advanced tab, set preferences for double-sided printing and portrait (long edge) or landscape (short edge) printing.


To preview each printout on the host, enable Preview on client before printing.

From this preview, you can use any printer with all its available properties.


On the Adjustment tab, review the settings for automatic print adjustment.

VMware recommend that you retain the default settings.


Click OK.