#6.How to Set a Default Printer

Title: Setting the Default Printer on a Windows Computer: A Step-by-Step Guide


Setting the default printer on your Windows computer ensures that print jobs are sent to your preferred printer by default. This is especially useful in multi-printer environments or if you frequently switch between printers. In this article, we'll guide you through the straightforward process of setting the default printer on a Windows computer, allowing you to streamline your printing experience.

 Step 1: Open the Settings Menu

Begin by opening the Settings menu on your Windows computer. You can do this by clicking on the Start menu in the bottom-left corner of your screen and selecting the gear icon, or by pressing the "Windows key + I" on your keyboard.

 Step 2: Navigate to Devices

Within the Settings menu, locate and click on the "Devices" option. This will open a new window with various device-related settings.

 Step 3: Select Printers & Scanners

In the Devices menu, select "Printers & scanners" from the left-hand sidebar. This section displays a list of all installed printers and scanners on your computer.

 Step 4: Choose Your Preferred Printer

Scroll through the list of available printers and locate the one you want to set as the default. Click on the printer to highlight it.

 Step 5: Set as Default

Once your preferred printer is selected, click on the "Manage" button. This will open a new window with additional printer settings.

 Step 6: Set as Default Printer

In the new window, locate the "Set as default" option. Click on it to designate the selected printer as the default for your system.

 Step 7: Confirm Default Status

After clicking "Set as default," you should see a checkmark next to your chosen printer, indicating that it is now the default printer for your Windows computer.

Step 8: Test the Default Printer

To ensure that the changes are applied successfully, open a document and attempt to print. The print job should automatically be sent to the printer you set as default.


Setting the default printer on your Windows computer is a simple process that can greatly enhance your printing efficiency. By following these step-by-step instructions, you can easily designate your preferred printer as the default, ensuring that print jobs are directed to the correct device without the need for manual adjustments each time. Whether you're in a home office or a corporate environment with multiple printers, customizing your default printer settings streamlines your printing experience and saves you valuable time.