How to Set a Default Printer in Windows 10

Got a new printing device, but struggling to find How to set a default printer in Windows 10? Well! There are multiple ways to set the printer as default. In this guide, we are going to share the different methods that you can follow to set your default printer. The first method is applicable only on Windows 10 devices whereas the other methods are applicable for Windows 7 and Windows 8 devices. So, if you want to know how to set a default printer in Windows 10, follow the guidelines carefully and complete the process. 

How to Set a Default Printer in Windows 10

How to Set Default Printer in Windows 10?

Use PC Settings App Method

The PC Settings app makes easy for the users to set their printer as the default in Windows 10. All you need is to click the button and you will be done. 

  • First of all, go to the ‘PC Settings’ app by clicking the ‘Windows + I’ button from the keyboard or you can search it from the start menu.

  • In the PC Settings app, open the Devices>> Printers and Scanners section.

  • On the right panel, uncheck ‘ Allow Windows to Manage my default printer’ option. Unless you uncheck this option, you can select the default printer.

  • Now, you have to click on the printer of your preference from the list and tap on the ‘Manage’ button.

  • In the subsequent page, click the ‘Set as default’ button.

  • Once you click the button, the target printer will be set the default printer.

Control Panel Method

Using the Control panel, you can modify the default printer. This method also works with the Windows 7 and 8 system:

  • Go to the Start menu and search for the Control Panel. Click on the Control Panel to open it.

  • Now, you need to make sure that View By has been set to ‘Categories’. In the next step, click on the ‘View Devices and Printers’ option present in the ‘Hardware and Sound’ section.

  • Now, right-click on your printer and choose ‘Set as default printer’ option. If any warning message appears on the screen, click on the ‘Yes’ option.

  • Once you select the option, the Windows will change your printer to default. There will be a green check mark for the default printer.

Command to Set the Default Printer

You can also use the Commands to set your printer as the default.

  • Go to the ‘Start’ menu and search for the ‘Command Prompt’ option.

  • After that, click ‘Run as Administrator’ option appears. If you want, you can right-click, choose ‘Run as Administrator’ option.

  • Before changing the default printer, you must know the printer’s name. For this, you can use the command below.

wmic printer get name, default.

  • Once you got the names, execute the command mentioned below:-  Wmic printer where name = ‘name of your printer’ call set default printer.

  • Once you execute the command, the default printer is now changed.

So, this is how to set a default printer in windows 10. If you still have a doubt or query related to setting your printer as default, contact the experts and seek their assistance to fix the concern.