How to Set a Default Printer in Windows 10  

    How to Set a Default Printer in Windows 10

    How to Set a Default Printer in Windows 10

    Published by Category: Hardware & Drivers
    05 Jan 2021
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    How to Set a Default Printer in Windows 10


    A default printer is the printer that all print jobs are sent to by default unless otherwise specified.

    This tutorial will show you how to set a default printer for your account in Windows 10.


    Contents







    OPTION ONE

    To Let Windows Manage my Default Printer


    When you turn on Let Windows manage my default printer, Windows will automatically set your default printer to be the one you used more recently at your current location.







    OPTION TWO

    Set a Default Printer in Settings


    1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the Devices icon.

    2 Click/tap on Printers & scanners on the left side, and uncheck Let Windows manage my default printer if checked on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    How to Set a Default Printer in Windows 10-set_default_printer_in_settings-1.jpg

    3 Click/tap on a printer you want to set as the default printer, and click/tap on the Manage button. (see screenshot below)

    How to Set a Default Printer in Windows 10-set_default_printer_in_settings-2.jpg

    4 Click/tap on the Set as default button. (see screenshot below)

    You will not see a Set as default button if you left Let Windows manage my default printer checked in step 2.

    How to Set a Default Printer in Windows 10-set_default_printer_in_settings-3.png

    5 The printer will now be set as your default printer. (see screenshots below)

    How to Set a Default Printer in Windows 10-set_default_printer_in_settings-4.png How to Set a Default Printer in Windows 10-set_default_printer_in_settings-5.jpg

    6 You can now close Settings if you like.






    OPTION THREE

    Set a Default Printer in Control Panel


    1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Devices and Printers icon.

    2 Right click or press and hold on the printer you want to set as your default printer, and click/tap on Set as default printer. (see screenshot below)

    How to Set a Default Printer in Windows 10-set_default_printer_in_control_panel-1.jpg

    3 If you have Let Windows manage my default printer turned on, then click/tap on OK to confirm. (see screenshot below)

    How to Set a Default Printer in Windows 10-set_default_printer_in_control_panel-2.png

    4 The printer will now be set as your default printer. (see screenshot below)

    How to Set a Default Printer in Windows 10-set_default_printer_in_control_panel-3.jpg

    5 You can now close Devices and Printers if you like.






    OPTION FOUR

    Set a Default Printer in Command Prompt


    1 Open a command prompt.

    2 Copy and paste the wmic printer get name,default command into the command prompt, and press Enter. Make note of the printer name (ex: "HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477 PCL 6") you want to set as the default printer. (see screenshot below)

    The currently set default printer will have TRUE showing in the Default column to the left of the printer name.

    How to Set a Default Printer in Windows 10-set_default_printer_command-1.png

    3 Type the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    wmic printer where name="printer name" call setdefaultprinter

    Substitute printer name in the command above with the actual printer name (ex: "HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477 PCL 6") from step 2 you want to set as the default printer.

    For example: wmic printer where name="HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477 PCL 6" call setdefaultprinter

    How to Set a Default Printer in Windows 10-set_default_printer_command-2.jpg

    4 You can now close the command prompt if you like.

    5 If you haven't already, you will need to turn off Let Windows manage my default printer for the set default printer to always be used.


    That's it,
    Shawn





  1. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    Originally, PDFCreator is default printer. I tried to change default printer to C360i by option 2 and option 4 .

    I check default printer with "wmic printer get name,default" which shows C360i. However there is no change in Control Panel. It is still PDFCreator.

    Did I miss some steps?

    Yuppiedad

    - - - Updated - - -

    I am looking for procedure to set same default printer for all users who logon on same computer.

    Is above procedure good for what I want?

    Yuppiedad
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  2. Posts : 61,826
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello @Yuppiedad,

    The options in the tutorial will only be applied to the current user and not all users. Each user will need to set their own default printer setting.

    However, as a workaround, you could remove all printers to leave only the one you want as the default so there is only one choice to use.
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