Printer: Set or Change the Default Printer

Printer: Set or Change the Default Printer

Windows allows you to set your own default printer or let Windows manage your default printer. Your print job will automatically send to the default printer destination unless otherwise specificied. 

Identify the Default Printer

  1. In the lower-left corner of your screen, click the Windows [Start] button > From the side panel, click the gear-shaped [Settings] icon > Select "Devices". The printers installed on your computer are listed under "Printers & scanners". 
  2. Locate the printer that says "Default" under the printer name. This is your default printer.

Note:

If none of your printers say "Default", you may have enabled Windows to manage your default printer. To turn this setting off, see the instructions below.  

Let Windows Manage Your Default Printer

  1. In the lower-left corner of your screen, click the Windows [Start] button > From the side panel, click the gear-shaped [Settings] icon > Select "Devices". The printers installed on your computer are listed under "Printers & scanners". 
  2. Under "Let Windows manage my default printer", toggle the switch to "On". Windows will now automatically set your default printer as the most recently used printer.

Change the Default Printer

  1. In the lower-left corner of your screen, click the Windows [Start] button > From the side panel, click the gear-shaped [Settings] icon > Select "Devices". The printers installed on your computer are listed under "Printers & scanners". 
  2. Select the printer you wish to set as the default > Click [Manage] > Click [Set as default].
  3. All future print jobs will print to the new default printer, unless you select a different printer temporarily using "File" > "Print."

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