Set up your Windows kiosk to print badge passes

Learn how to set up your Windows computers to print badge passes. These instructions cover Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Mozilla Firefox. 

Before you start

Before setting up your print settings, make sure you have:

  1. Created a badge pass template in OnLocation
  2. Installed your printer on your computer
  3. Added a sign in/out kiosk in OnLocation with a unique username, password, and PIN. You don't need to do this if you're going to sign in employees and guests using Sign In/Out Manager. 

Step 1: Configure your browser print settings

Chrome

  1. Open Chrome and log in to OnLocation.
  2. Go to Tools > Sign In/Out Manager and sign in a test visitor. 
  3. Complete the sign in questions, then click Print Visitor Pass.
  4. Set the Destination to your printer.
  5. Set Pages to All.
  6. Set Copies to 1.
  7. Set Layout to Landscape.
  8. Select More Settings.
  9. Set Paper size to match your labels.
  10. Set margins to Custom and use the following settings:
    Top - 0.1"
    Left - 0.19"
    Right - 0.1"
    Bottom - 0.1"
  11. Set the Scale to 97.
  12. Clear the Headers and footers and Background graphics checkboxes.
  13. Click Cancel to exit the print preview.

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All of the print setup settings will be saved for your browser. Next, you need to enable the silent printing configuration.

Firefox

  1. Open Firefox and log in to OnLocation.
  2. Go to Tools > Sign In/Out Manager and sign in a test visitor. 
  3. Complete the sign in questions, then click Print Visitor Pass.
  4. Set the Destination to your printer.
  5. Set Copies to 1.
  6. Set the orientation to Landscape.
  7. Set Pages to All.
  8. Select More settings.
  9. Set Paper size to match your labels.
  10. Set the scale to Fit to page width.
  11. Set Pages per Sheet to 1.
  12. Select Custom from the Margins list, then enter:
    Top: 0.1
    Left: 0.1
    Bottom: 0.1
    Right: 0.2
  13. Clear the print headers and footers and Print backgrounds checkboxes.
  14. Click Cancel to exit the print preview.

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All of the print setup settings will be saved for your browser, you can now enable the silent printing configuration.

Edge

  1. Open Edge and log in to OnLocation.
  2. Go to Tools > Sign In/Out Manager and sign in a test visitor. 
  3. Complete the sign in questions, then click Print Visitor Pass.
  4. Select your printer.
  5. Set Copies to 1.
  6. Set Layout to Landscape.
  7. Set Pages to All.
  8. Click More settings.
  9. Set Paper size to match your labels.
  10. Set the scale to 97.
  11. Set Pages per Sheet to 1.
  12. Set margins to Custom, then depending on your browser settings, enter the following margins:

    Side Millimeters Inches
    Left 5 0.19
    Right 2.5 0.1
    Top 2.5 0.1
    Bottom 2.5 0.1
  13. Clear the Headers and footers and Background graphics checkboxes.
  14. Click Cancel to exit the print preview.

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The print settings will save in your browser. Next, set up silent printing.

 

Step 2: Create a silent printing shortcut

To enable silent printing mode, you need to create a desktop shortcut for your browser and update the target in the properties. The below example is for Chrome but the same instructions also work with Edge and Firefox. 

To create a silent printing shortcut:

  1. Right-click the browser icon on your desktop or in File Explorer.
  2. Select Create shortcut. If prompted to create on desktop select Yes.
  3. (Optional) Rename the shortcut for easier recognition.
  4. Right-click the browser shortcut.
  5. Select Properties.
  6. In the Target field, after what is currently there, enter --kiosk-printing "login.whosonlocation.com". Make sure there is a space between each string.
  7. Click Apply.

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When opening this version of your browser, labels will be printed automatically. Make sure no other browser windows are open before using this shortcut or the silent printing won't work.

Step 3: Set up kiosk mode

If you're using a computer for your sign in/out kiosk, kiosk mode opens the browser in a locked full screen. This means the public cannot access the address bar or browser setting. The below example is for Chrome but the same instructions also work with Edge and Firefox. 

To enable kiosk mode:

  1. Right-click the browser shortcut.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. In the Target field, add --kiosk before "login.whosonlocation.com". Make sure there is a space between each string.
  4. Click Apply.

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You can only exit kiosk mode by using the keyboard to close the browser or by restarting the computer.