Normally, Windows 10 automatically sets the printer you last used as your default printer. This can be annoying for some people. Fortunately, you can turn this feature off and manually manage your default printer. Here’s how.
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First, open “Settings” by clicking the “Start” menu and selecting the gear icon on the left. Or you can press Windows + i on your keyboard to quickly open it.
In Settings, click on ‘Devices’.
In Devices, select “Printers and Scanners” from the sidebar menu.
In the ‘Printers and scanners’ settings, scroll down and uncheck the box next to ‘Let Windows manage my default printer’.
After that, you may want to stay in Settings to manually change your default printer. See the instructions below. Otherwise, exit “Settings” and the change you just made will take effect immediately.
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How to manually change your default printer in Windows 10
If Windows settings are not already open, open it and go to Devices> Printers & Scanners.
First, scroll down and find the option “Let Windows manage my default printer” (see previous section). If the box next to it is checked, uncheck it. You must disable this feature to manually manage your default printer.
Then scroll up on the same “Settings” page and find the list of “Printers and Scanners” installed on your system. Click on the printer you want to set as the default printer, then click the “Manage” button.
When the individual printer settings page appears, click the “Set as default” button.
(If you don’t see this button, go back to the previous page and uncheck Let Windows Manage Default Printer.)
Then the selected printer will be set as your default printer. Exit Settings and print as much as you want. Watch out for that expensive ink. Have fun printing!
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