Published by


Brink's Avatar
Administrator

Posts: 27,242

Show Printable Version 


information   Information
When you install a printer, Windows will usually name the printer after its manufacturer name and model number by default.

If you prefer a different name for a printer, then you are able to rename the printer.

This tutorial will show you how to rename a printer for all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to rename a printer.
warning   Warning
If you rename a shared printer, existing connections to this printer from other computers will break and will have to be created again.

CONTENTS:





Rename Printer in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Rename Printer in Windows 10
Rename Printer in Settings

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

2. Click/tap on Printers & scanners on the left side, click/tap on a printer you want to rename on the right side, and click/tap on the Manage button. (see screenshot below)

Name:  Rename_Printer_in_Settings-1.jpg
Views: 209
Size:  64.8 KB

3. Click/tap on the Printer properties link. (see screenshot below)

Name:  Rename_Printer_in_Settings-2.png
Views: 212
Size:  20.5 KB

4. In the General tab, click/tap on the Change Properties button if there. (see screenshot below)

Name:  Rename_Printer_in_Control_Panel-2a.png
Views: 216
Size:  16.2 KB

5. Type the new name you want for this printer in the top field, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

Name:  Rename_Printer_in_Control_Panel-2.png
Views: 211
Size:  26.8 KB

6. If this is a shared printer, click/tap on Yes to confirm renaming the printer. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
Clicking on No will cancel renaming this printer.
Name:  Rename_Printer_in_Control_Panel-3.png
Views: 209
Size:  9.4 KB

7. You can now close Settings if you like.






Rename Printer in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Rename Printer in Windows 10
Rename 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 rename, and click/tap on Printer properties. (see screenshot below)

Name:  Rename_Printer_in_Control_Panel-1.jpg
Views: 205
Size:  107.5 KB

3. In the General tab, click/tap on the Change Properties button if there. (see screenshot below)

Name:  Rename_Printer_in_Control_Panel-2a.png
Views: 216
Size:  16.2 KB

4. Type the new name you want for this printer in the top field, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

Name:  Rename_Printer_in_Control_Panel-2.png
Views: 211
Size:  26.8 KB

5. If this is a shared printer, click/tap on Yes to confirm renaming the printer. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
Clicking on No will cancel renaming this printer.
Name:  Rename_Printer_in_Control_Panel-3.png
Views: 209
Size:  9.4 KB

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






Rename Printer in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Rename Printer in Windows 10
Rename Printer in PowerShell

Note   Note
To see more usage options for the Rename-Printer command, see: Rename-Printer | Microsoft Docs

1. Open an elevated PowerShell.

2. Copy and paste the command below into the elevated PowerShell, and press Enter. Make note of the current name (ex: "HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477 PCL 6") of the printer you want to rename. (see screenshot below)

Get-Printer | Format-List Name

Name:  Rename_Printer_in_PowerShell-1.png
Views: 206
Size:  12.0 KB

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

Rename-Printer -Name "Current printer name" -NewName "New printer name"

Note   Note
Substitute Current printer name in the command above with the actual current name (ex: "HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477 PCL 6") of the printer from step 2 you want to rename.

Substitute New printer name in the command above with the actual new name (ex: "HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477 PCL") you want to rename the printer to.

For example: Rename-Printer -Name "HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477 PLC 6" -NewName "HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477 PLC"
Name:  Rename_Printer_in_PowerShell-2.jpg
Views: 200
Size:  22.7 KB

4. You can now close the elevated PowerShell if you like.


That's it,
Shawn