When you install a new printer, Windows typically names it after the manufacturer or model.

But there are good reasons to change the default name. If you have more than one printer, you can pick a name that identifies it by what it does or where it's located—for example, "My color printer" or "Frankie's room."

Watch this video to learn how to rename a printer (1:01)

To rename a printer

  1. Open Devices and Printers by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then, on the Start menu, clicking Devices and Printers.

  2. Right-click a printer, and then click Printer properties.

  3. Click the General tab, and then type the new name in the text box.


  • To rename a printer, you must have permission to manage the printer. You probably have permission if you installed the printer. If you're on a corporate network, you might need to ask your system administrator. To check your printer permissions, right-click your printer, click Printer properties, click the Security tab, and then click your user name.

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