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How to Setup a WSD Printer for Scanning and Printing

Document ID:HO3780

Usergroup :External
11/16/11 Properties  


Setup WSD device; Scan to Computer icon; WS Scan icon; Not Scan to network folder, Not scan to pc, Not TWAIN. Not scanback utility


Contents (November 2011)

This article provides a summary of the following procedures:

NOTE: Since Web Services on Devices (WSD) is an emerging communication method, it will not be compatible with all printers or MFPs. Only printers that are equipped with the necessary device profiles for web services (DPWS) architecture will function properly. Contact Microsoft for additional support resources.


Intended Audience

WSD print and scan may be most useful to you if the following conditions apply: 

  • You have Microsoft Windows 7.
  • You have downloaded the individual PCL or PS driver package.
  • You have extracted the driver package.
  • Your printer is communicating on your network.
  • You require or desire a minimal amount of additional software on your PC.
  • You do not require an extensive list of scanning options. 
  • At this time, the only devices that support WSD are:
    • X548
    • X792
    • X925
    • X950, X952, X954
    • Lexmark Pro715
    • Lexmark Pro915
    • MS and CS series laser printers (print support)
    • MX, CX, XM, XC Series products (scan and print support) 

 NOTE: Any scanner-equipped printer released after 2011 should support WSD. 


Installation and Creation WSD Print Object (Windows 7 with Lexmark X548 example)

NOTE: WSD ports are not to be confused with a Microsoft Standard TCP/IP port or a Lexmark Enhanced ports.

Step Action
1 Click the Start icon ( ). 
2 Open Device and Printers.
3 Select Add a printer
4 Select Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer for the type of printer you want to install.
5 Click Next and observe the search routine that Windows performs to find all WSD-compliant printers on the local subnet.

Is your printer listed?

  • If Yes, proceed to Step 8.
  • If No, proceed to next step.

Lexmark devices will display in the form of "Model Name(HostName)".


Note: Make sure the printer driver files are extracted on your computer; otherwise, these steps will not work.  

  1. Select "The printer that I want isn't listed, and click Next. 
  2. On the next screen, select Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname, and click Next.
  3. Next to Device type, click the down-arrow  to reveal drop-down menu choices.
  4. Select Web Services Device from the drop-down menu.
  5. Enter your printer's value for the Hostname or IP address field. These values can be found on a printed Network Settings page.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Contacting Printer... appears.
  8. If the driver is successfully located and the port can be created, you should see "You've successfully added... <Hostname> in the dialog.
  9. Click Next.


8 Indicate whether you would like to share the printer, and enter applicable values based on your environment or preference. Then click Next
9 Set as default printer or Print a test page before finally clicking on Finish.

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Creation or Edit WSD Scan Profile  


Step Action


Right-click on the newly created WSD print queue (print object).
2 Select Scan Profiles... from the from the drop-down menu.
3 You will be presented with two or more automatic Scan Profiles; one scan profile will be listed as a (Default) under the Name column.
If... Then...
You would like to create a new scan profile... Click Add...
You would like to remove an existing scan profile... Highlight the profile of interest, and click Delete.
You need to edit the currently scan profile attributes... Highlight the profile of interest, and click Edit...
You wish to switch to a different default Scan Profile... Highlight the profile of choice, and click the Set as Default button.
5 If you select to Edit or Add a new profile, you will need to click Save Profile for Windows to register the modifications.

 Creation and Edit Settings

Setting... Function...
Scanner Change WSD device if more than one is installed.
Profile name Change profile name to help distinguish settings characteristics or original document type; i.e., Photo, Color, Reports.
Source Scan source: Flatbed, Feeder (1-sided), Feeder (2-sided)
Paper Size Specify exact paper size since the feeder will not automatically recognize original paper size.
Color format Specify color output: Color, Grayscale, Black and white.
File type

Determine a file type best suits required file size, compression or compatibly with another application.

  • BMP (Bitmap)
  • JPG (JPEG)
  • PNG (PNG)
  • TIF (TIFF)
Resolution Specify dots per inch of image to impact scan quality and adjust resolution.
Brightness Increase or decrease this value to adjust brightness.
Contrast Increase or decrease this value to adjust contrast.
Preview or scan images as separate files. This feature that is most beneficial whe scanning from the flatbed.

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 Select Application or Action for Scanned Image


Step Action
  1 Right-click on the newly created WSD print queue (print object).
  2 Select Scan Properties... from the from the drop-down menu.
  3 Click Yes to the User Account Control (UAC) dialog that may appear asking if you want the program to make changes to this computer. 

Click on the Events tab.


Select an event: Scan, Scan for OCR, Print or Fax.

  6 Choose an action for the scanned page(s): Start this program; Prompt for which program to run; Take no action.

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Initiating a Scan within Windows or The MFP Operator Panel

To activate Scan Profile from Windows: 

Step Action
1 Click the Start icon ( ).
2  Open Device and Printers.
3 Right-click on the WSD printer object just as you did before. 
4 Click on Start Scan from the drop-down menu.

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To activate Scan Profile from the MFP

Step Action
1 Press the WS-Scan or Scan to Computer icon that was created upon successfully installing the WSD printer.

Select the scan option that is applicable to the Scan Profile. 

Note: The selection most commonly selected is Scan-to-computer. 

3 Press Start Scan

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Still Need Help?


If you require additional assistance, please see Contact information. NOTE: When calling for support, you will need your printer model/machine type and serial number (SN).

Please be near the products described in this article to expedite the support process and reduce call-back situations.

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