How to Rename a Printer in Windows 10


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.

If you rename a shared printer, existing connections to this printer from other computers will break and will have to be created again.



Contents







OPTION ONE

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)

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

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

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

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6 If this is a shared printer, click/tap on Yes to confirm renaming the printer. (see screenshot below)

Clicking on No will cancel renaming this printer.

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7 You can now close Settings if you like.






OPTION TWO

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)

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

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

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5 If this is a shared printer, click/tap on Yes to confirm renaming the printer. (see screenshot below)

Clicking on No will cancel renaming this printer.

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






OPTION THREE

Rename Printer in PowerShell


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

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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"

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"

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


That's it,
Shawn Brink