Windows 10: My Default Printer keeps changing Solved

  1.    25 Nov 2015 #1

    My Default Printer keeps changing

    I have a default printer which is a network printer for 99% of my printing. However, I do use a local printer when printing checks.

    I have the default set to the network printer and that is what I have set for the past several years through Windows 7 and now with my Windows 10 setup.

    Since the latest November update, my computer keeps changing the default printer back to my local printer for no apparent reason and without notice. So when I go to print something, if I don't take care to check, I send it to print on my checks.

    What is going on and how do I fix it?

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  2.    25 Nov 2015 #2

    Well, to answer my own question, I found a new setting that was set to "on". It says Let Windows Manage the Default Printer. When set to On, the default printer is the last printer used. It was on. I turned it off. (It is at the bottom of the Printers and Scanners Settings page.)

    I assume this will take care of the problem.
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  3.    26 Nov 2015 #3

    Where is that option? I can't see it and it driving me nuts.
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  4.    26 Nov 2015 #4

    Go to Settings, then Devices. Select Printers and Devices. Scroll down past all the devices and it will be the first option.
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  5.    26 Nov 2015 #5

    Thank you very much!

    I was looking at devices and printers list instead.
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  6.    06 Jan 2016 #6

    This is a great OPTION. Microsoft, like many companies, think we are morons. They continue to remove options or set defaults that override human control. This standard setting has not changed in the last 2 decades, until Windows 10. Light switch up is on. Let's change it.
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    Windows 7 - 10, Mac OS 10.6 - 10.11
       27 Jan 2016 #7

    Intrepid1 said: View Post
    This is a great OPTION. Microsoft, like many companies, think we are morons. They continue to remove options or set defaults that override human control. This standard setting has not changed in the last 2 decades, until Windows 10. Light switch up is on. Let's change it.
    This has actually been an option on Mac OSX for a long time, not surprised that MS has followed suit as they seem to quite often. The only reason it's more obscure to power users is that we tend to be creatures of habit and rather than navigate through the fancy new "Settings" metro interface we go to "Control Panel" > "Devices and Printers" like we have in all previous versions of windows.
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  8.    18 Aug 2016 #8

    Setting this switch to OFF still doesn't stop Windows 10 from automatically changing the default printer to any NEW printer it finds, either locally connected or on any accessible network.

    I connected a new Canon printer by WiFi to my network, intending for it to NOT be used by my desktop, but Windows 10 silently and without permission found it, installed basic support for it *and set it as the default printer* without informing me it had done any of that.

    So then when I went to print to my LaserJet, "WTH? Why isn't it printing?" So I checked Printers and there it was. A setting to NOT have Windows monkey with the default setting should actually mean DO NOT CHANGE THE DEFAULT PRINTER EVER FOR ANY REASON.

    Then Windows 10 changed the default printer *again* with that switch off when I turned on my HP Photosmart 3310 (which has a failed ink system but still works for scanning).

    When Windows finds a new networked printer it should *ask the user* if it should attempt to install it or ignore it. If you tell it to install then it should *ask the user* if the user wants to set it as the default - which in most cases will be NO.
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  9.    06 Nov 2017 #9

    I have this problem too, and it doesn't seem to matter whether it is a new printer or whatever, have had Windows 10 change default to MS print to PDF or to a multifunction which I have only used as a scanner. I want my default to remain as the wireless printer as I set up and as far as I am concerned unsetting the let windows manage the default just doesn't work.
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