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How to Set a Default Printer in Windows 10

To set a default printer in Windows 10, you’d have to make adjustments via the “Printers & scanners” settings. Typically, this is usually a headache with folks or users having more than 1 printer; nonetheless, having a default printer can ensure that your print jobs are sent to the printer you’d want to use.

Step by Step Instructions on Setting a Default Printer in Windows 10

To set a default printer in Windows 10, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Head over to the main “Printer & scanners” settings. To get there, you can either search for it in the start menu, or take the long route of going to primary Settings first > then, Devices > Followed by Printers & scanners.

printers & scanners settings in Windows 10
One of the fastest ways to get to the printers & scanners settings is to search for it in the start menu.

Step 2: Uncheck the “Let Windows manage my default printer” checkbox. In many cases, this would be selected, and it’s not necessarily a bad idea to go with it; however, if you’re working with more than one printer, this option will default the next print job to the last used printer.

let windows manage my default printer
As demonstrated, this option is usually checked-on. But, if you want to assign a default printer, you’d have to uncheck it. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to dictate one.

Step 3: From the list of printers & scanners, select the one you want to use as a default, and then click on the “manage” button.

managing a printer
As displayed, from the list, opt for the printer you want to set as the default, and click on “Manage.”

Step 4: As the final step, from the manage printer window, hit the “Set as default” button to officially make that printer your default.

setting a default printer in windows 10
Clicking on Set as default will allow you to use your preferred printer for all print jobs.

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Conclusion

As evident enough, setting a default printer in Windows 10 is not difficult. The only scenario it can be a bit problematic is when your “Let windows manage my default printer” option checkbox is selected.

Nevertheless, as advised, if you want to override that decision, simply uncheck the box, and you’d be good to set the printer you’d wish to as the default.