PowerShell Commands


Remove-Printer [-Name*] <String[]> [-CimSession <CimSession[]>] [-ComputerName <String>] [-PassThru][-ThrottleLimit <Int32>] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [<CommonParameters>]
Remove-Printer [-CimSession <CimSession[]>] [-PassThru] [-ThrottleLimit <Int32>] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf][<CommonParameters>]

The Remove-Printer cmdlet deletes a printer from the specified computer. You can specify the printer to remove by using either a printer object retrieved by Get-Printer, or by specifying a printer name.

You can use wildcard characters with Remove-Printer. You can use Remove-Printer in a Windows PowerShell remoting session.

You do not need administrator credentials to run Remove-Printer.


-CimSession [<CimSession[]>]

Runs the cmdlet in a remote session or on a remote computer. Enter a computer name or a session object, such as the output of a New-CimSession or Get-CimSession cmdlet. The default is the current session on the local computer.

-ComputerName [<String>]

Specifies the name of the computer from which to remove the printer.

-Name <String[]>

  • This value is required
  • Accepts pipeline input ByPropertyName

Specifies the name of the printer to remove.

-PassThru [<SwitchParameter>]

Returns an object representing the item with which you are working. By default, this cmdlet does not generate any output.

-ThrottleLimit [<Int32>]

Specifies the maximum number of concurrent operations that can be established to run the cmdlet. If this parameter is omitted or a value of 0 is entered, then Windows PowerShellr calculates an optimum throttle limit for the cmdlet based on the number of CIM cmdlets that are running on the computer. The throttle limit applies only to the current cmdlet, not to the session or to the computer.

-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]

  • Default value is false

Prompts you for confirmation before running the cmdlet.Prompts you for confirmation before running the cmdlet.

-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]

  • Default value is false

Shows what would happen if the cmdlet runs. The cmdlet is not run.Shows what would happen if the cmdlet runs. The cmdlet is not run.


This cmdlet supports the common parameters: Verbose, Debug,ErrorAction, ErrorVariable, WarningAction, WarningVariable,OutBuffer, PipelineVariable, and OutVariable.

This cmdlet accepts one printer object.
By default, this cmdlet produces no output.
  1. Remove a specific printer:
    PS C:\>  Remove-Printer -Name "Microsoft XPS Document Writer"

    This command removes the printer named Microsoft XPS Document Writer from the local computer.

  2. Remove a specific printer using a printer object:
    PS C:\> $Printer = Get-Printer -Name "Microsoft XPS Document Writer"
    PS C:\>  Remove-Printer -InputObject $Printer

    The first command gets the printer named Microsoft XPS Document Writer by using the Get-Printer cmdlet. The command stores the result in the $Printer variable.

    The second command removes the printer in $Printer.

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