Pre-populate printer search location text

Enables the physical Location Tracking setting for Windows printers. Use Location Tracking to design a location scheme for your enterprise and assign computers and printers to locations in the scheme. Location Tracking overrides the standard method used to locate and associate computers and printers. The standard method uses a printer’s IP address and subnet mask to estimate its physical location and proximity to computers. If you enable this setting users can browse for printers by location without knowing the printer’s location or location naming scheme. Enabling Location Tracking adds a Browse button in the Add Printer wizard’s Printer Name and Sharing Location screen and to the General tab in the Printer Properties dialog box. If you enable the Group Policy Computer location setting the default location you entered appears in the Location field by default. If you disable this setting or do not configure it Location Tracking is disabled. Printer proximity is estimated using the standard method (that is based on IP address and subnet mask).

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows NT -> Printers # PhysicalLocationSupport

  2. The Administrative Template path is:



* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
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