Windows 10 automatically sets the most recently used printer as the default printer. While this is a nice feature, not everyone likes the most recent printer setup as the default printer. Many users want to set a printer as default manually.
So if you want to manually set a printer as the default printer in Windows 10, you need to first stop Windows 10 from automatically selecting the default printer. When the default printer selection is automatically turned off, you can manually set a printer as default.
Prevent Windows 10 from automatically selecting the default printer
Windows 10 automatically sets the last used printer as your default printer. Suppose you want to set the printer as default and don’t want Windows 10 to set the printer automatically. In that case, you need to navigate to Start> Settings> Devices> Printers & Scanners and turn off ” Let Windows manage my default printer “. Windows will set your default printer as the printer you used most recently at your current location.
Method 1. Set up the default printer in Settings
Step 1: Open Settings. Click Devices. Click Printers & Scanners.
Step 2: Here, in the Printers and Scanners section, click the printer you want to set as the default printer to see the Open queue, Manage and Remove device buttons. Click the Manage button.
Step 3: Click the Set as default button to set the selected printer as your default printer on Windows 10.
Method 2. Set up a default printer in Devices and Printers
Step 1: Open Control Panel. There are many ways to open Control Panel in Windows 10 but typing Control Panel in the Start/taskbar search box and then pressing Enter is probably the easiest way to open Control Panel.
Step 2: In Control Panel, change the View by for Small icons.
Step 3: Click Devices and Printers to see all installed printers. If one of your printers isn’t listed here, it’s probably because the printer driver isn’t installed or is damaged.
Step 4: Right-click on the printer’s icon you want to set as default and then click the option Set as default printer m gives it as the default printer on your computer running Wi-Fi to Windows 10.
Method 3. Set up a default printer using an application
Step 1: Launch any computer program like Notepad or Paint.
Step 2: After starting the program, simultaneously press Ctrl + P to open the Print dialog box or click the File menu and then click Print to view the Print dialog box.
Step 3: In the Select Printer section, right-click on the printer you want to make as the default printer in Windows 10 and then click on the option Set as default printer.