Print Balloons Got You Down?

Do you share your printer to the network?  Do you see balloons remarking upon the print jobs for those using your shared printer?  Is that annoying or what?

As fortune would have it, it is possible to rid yourself of those superfluous messages.  To disable the network print notification balloon windows in Windows follow these three easy steps.

  1. Open the Registry Editor: Start —> Run —> regedit
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER —> Printers —> Settings
  3. Create a new key: right-click —> New —> DWORD

You can name the DWORD anything you’d like.  I prefer naming it something obvious like EnableBalloonNotificationsRemote.  By default the value of the new key should be 0 (zero meaning off or disable).

Alternatively you can paste this code into an empty text file and save it as a registry file (like noremoteprintballoons.reg).  Double-clicking that reg file will then add the key as described above.



In order for this to take effect you can either stop and restart the (print) spooler service or simply reboot your machine.

It’s flexible enough.  You can presumably add the key under HKEY_USERS (rather than HKEY_CURRENT_USER) and thereby effect all users on that machine.  Or you could use Group Policy on your domain controller and effect all users on all machines.

I don’t know why anyone would want to see balloons for print jobs that honestly don’t involve them in any way, but that’s the default behavior.

There you have it.  Have fun with that.


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