Configuring ThinPrint Client Windows

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Setup tab

Current printer

  • Select Current printer here. Print jobs are printed from the current printer if no printer ID is given with addressing.
ThinPrint Client Manager: Current printer

ThinPrint Client Manager: Current printer

If the user’s default printer in his local printer folder should be his default printer in the session, leave the settings unchanged (Inherit System’s default printer).

If another printer is to be provided as default printer in the session, select the pre­ferred printer under Use This printer.

In both cases, Default at Server remains checked. Only remove the checkmark if you don’t want the default printer allocation to be influenced by the Client (but rather by server settings).

Take note that the default printer can also be determined by certain server settings. These settings might then take priority over the settings in ThinPrint Client.

Assignment tab

Printers and their IDs

Assignment lists all printers that are found in the client’s printer folder with their IDs and their classes.

Printers with assigned IDs

Printers with assigned IDs

The printer IDs are automatically assigned by the ThinPrint Client Windows and are necessary for manually assigned printer names on the ThinPrint Engine (without AutoConnect or Management Services; for more information, see Naming con­vention).

Reload Printers

  • You can immediately update the printer list if you click on Reload in the context menu (right mouse button) of a printer listed in the window. You can also highlight several printers simultaneously to select or unselect.
Reload Printer list

Reload Printer list

Enable sending properties

If this option is enabled and AutoConnect or Management Ser­vices is/are used, the client printer’s paper trays as well as duplex settings, paper formats, color settings, location, comments and print quality will be applied to the printer created on the server.

AutoConnect and Management Services

It’s also possible to select different printers by checking (or unchecking) the box next to them. All selected printers are created or connected automatically on a server or in a session by AutoConnect or by Management Services.

AutoConnect will automatically map all selected printers on a server and connect them with a ThinPrint Port – provided templates exist and AutoConnect is running on the server (= auto-created printers). When starting a remote desktop session all marked printers are created automatically in the session.

Note! If no printer is created by AutoConnect during the first connection after installing the ThinPrint Client Service Windows or if printing to the current printer does not work (if no printer ID is assigned in the server-side printer object), please follow these steps:
• Choose Current printer, then use the option Use this printer in the Thin­Print Client Manager and select a printer.
• Restart the Windows service TP Client Service Windows.
• Log on one time with the Administrator account which has been entered during the installation of the ThinPrint Client Service Windows. Open the Printers folder and reassign the Windows default printer.
• Restart the Windows service TP Client Service Windows.

Printer class

  • Double clicking a printer name opens an input box for specifying the printer class.
Enter class name

Enter class name

Note! Unlike printer names, class names may not be longer than 7 characters and may not included blank spaces.

The result is shown in the following screenshot.

Printers with ID and class

Printers with ID and class

Advanced tab

The Advanced panel offers the following settings:


Check this box and enter a bandwidth value. If the value is larger or if Client Control is disabled at the server, server settings are applied (see Configure tab).

TCP port

Enter here the port number where ThinPrint Client Windows should receive incoming connections. Be sure: Same TCP port number for both ThinPrint Client Windows and ThinPrint Engine printer port to which the client printer is connected.  Otherwise, communication between the two ThinPrint components is impossible. Default TCP port number is 4000. Make certain that this port is open for both incoming and out­going connections. If you want to avoid that condition, you can use the ThinPrint Con­nection Service (outgoing connection only).

Use Connection Service (TCP/IP type only)

If you want to use the Connection Service, enable its check box (TCP/IP type only). Once it has been activated, the additional tab card called Connection Service will be added. This tab offers settings for using the Connection Service (see Connection Service tab below). Default: disabled.


Changes are applied without quitting ThinPrint Client Windows – changes could, however, first be functional after restarting the service (ThinPrint Client restart).


The Close button can only be used with the TCP/IP type of ThinPrint Client as a Win­dows application. The RDP and ICA type are started and closed automatically with the session. The ThinPrint Client Service Windows is closed in the Services folder; therefore the Close button is grayed out here. The ThinPrint Client must be restarted before ThinPrint printing resumes.

ThinPrint Client Manager for Windows: advanced options

ThinPrint Client Manager for Windows: advanced options

Connection Service tab

Why Connection Service?

The TCP/IP type of ThinPrint Client installed on a local print server can connect to the Connection Service installed on any server. Print jobs can then be sent via TCP/IP, even where a local print server is found in a masked network (e. g., behind a router with Network Address Translation) or firewall restrictions necessitate to turn the communication direction.

Local print servers with a ThinPrint Client as gateways (example)

Local print servers with a ThinPrint Client as gateways (example)

The Connection Service tab offers settings for using the Connection Service. Please also note the information about installing and configuring the Con­nection Service in ThinPrint Engine on print servers.

ThinPrint Client Manager started; Connection Service tab

ThinPrint Client Manager started; Connection Service tab

Connection server address

Enter the IP address of the server on which the Connection Service has been installed.

TCP port

Enter the number of the TCP port via which the ThinPrint Client connects to the Connection Service. Default port number is 4001.

Authentication key

Enter the ThinPrint Client’s authentication key for the Connection Service.

Client ID

Here you enter the Client ID that was assigned to this user by the server with the Connection Service.

Connection retry interval (s)

Enter the wait time (in seconds) after which a new attempt should be made to estab­lish a connection if the Connection Service is not reachable. Default: 300 (five min­utes).

Status line

After successful connection to the Connection Service, the status line will display the server IP address as well as the TCP port number, client ID, and authentication key. If no connection could be established to the Connection Service, the status line shows the message “Not connected”.


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