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How to Set a Default Printer in Windows 10

Do you want to know how to set a default printer in Windows 10? Do you meet the situation that your default printer changes once in a while? This post will help you solve these two questions.

If you want to learn how to set a default printer in Windows 10, please try Method 1,2,3. Either way will let you set a default printer successfully.
If you’ve set a default printer but it changes frequently, you can try Method 1 & 4 to fix it.

Try these methods:

You don’t have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Use the Windows Settings to set a default printer
  2. Use Control Panel to set up a default printer
  3. Use Command Prompt to set a default printer
  4. Fix with Registry editor

Method 1: Use the Windows Settings to set a default printer

  1. Press the Windows logo key + I together and click Devices.
  2. Choose the Printers & scanners tab and click the printer you want to set as default. Click Manage.
  3. Click Set as default.
  4. Back to the Printers & scanners tab and make sure you did NOT check Let Windows manage my default printer.

Method 2: Use Control Panel to set up a default printer

  1. Press the Windows logo key + R together to open the Run box.
  2. Type “control panel” and press Enter.
  3. Set the Control Panel view by Category and then click View devices and printers.
  4. Right-click on the printer you want and click Set as default printer.

Method 3: Use Command Prompt to set a default printer

  1. Press the Windows logo key + R together to open the Run box.
  2. Type “cmd” and press Enter.
  3. Type the command below into the command prompt and press Enter.
    wmic printer where name=”your printer name” call setdefaultprinter
    For example:
    wmic printer where name=”HP Color LaserJet MFP M477fdw (403E71)-0″ call setdefaultprinter
  4. Type wmic printer get name,default. The default printer will be listed in the column with TRUE showing in the left.

Method 4: Fix with Registry editor

  1. Press the Windows logo key + R together to open the Run box.
  2. Type regedit and press Enter.
  3. Navigate to “Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows”.
    Note: You can copy and paste the text into the Registry Editor address bar and press Enter to jump directly.
  4. Double-click LegacyDefaultPrinterMode file and change the Value data into 1. Then click OK.

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