Setting or changing your default printer

If you have several printers installed but use one of them most of the time, you can set it as the default printer. By setting a default printer, you can print quickly without having to choose a printer each time. If you don’t have any printers installed, see Installing a printer.

To set or change the default printer

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Search.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Search.)

  2. Enter Devices and Printers in the search box, and then tap or click Devices and Printers.

  3. Press and hold or right-click the printer you want to use, and then tap or click Set as default printer.

If you have a laptop, tablet or other mobile device, you can set a default printer for each network you use. Windows will remember which printer you've set as the default for each network.

To set a different default printer for each network

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Search.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Search.)

  2. Enter Devices and Printers in the search box, and then tap or click Devices and Printers.

  3. Tap or click any printer, and then tap or click Manage default printers.

  4. Select Change my default printer when I change networks.

  5. Under Select network, choose the first network you want to set a printer for.

  6. Under Select printer, choose the printer you want to be the default on that network, and then tap or click Add.

  7. When you're finished setting a default printer for each network, tap or click OK.

Note

  • If you don't want Windows to change printers when you move from place to place, follow steps 1-3, tap or click Always use the same printer as my default printer, then tap or click OK.