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Published on 05.26.09 by Brent Trahan

Turn Off Printing over HTTP

Learn how to turn off printing over HTTP in Windows 7.

Specifies whether to allow printing over HTTP from this client.

Printing over HTTP allows a client to print to printers on the intranet as well as the Internet.

Note: This setting affects the client side of Internet printing only. It does not prevent this machine from acting as an Internet Printing server and making its shared printers available via HTTP.

If you enable this setting, it prevents this client from printing to Internet printers over HTTP.

If you disable or do not configure this setting, users will be able to choose to print to Internet printers over HTTP.

Also see the “Web-based Printing” setting in Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Printers.

Turn Off Printing over HTTP

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, Internet Communication Management, and then select Internet Communication Settings in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Turn off printing over HTTP in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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