How to set the default printer in Windows 10 or 11

Do you have a preferred printer that you use to print most of your documents? If so, make this printer default so all of your apps will use it for printing by default. We’ll show you how to do this on Windows 10 and 11.

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Set the default printer in Windows 10
Set the default printer in Windows 11

Set the default printer in Windows 10

To set a printer as the default in Windows 10, first open the Settings app. Do this by pressing Windows + i keys at the same time.

In the settings, click on “Devices”.

On the Devices page, click Printers & Scanners in the left sidebar.

Select Printers & Scanners from the left sidebar on the Devices page.

Scroll down the Printers & Scanners page. Deactivate the option “Let Windows manage my default printer”. If you leave this option checked, Windows will not let you set the default printer.

You don’t need to do anything if this option is already disabled.

On the Printers and Scanners page, deselect Let Windows manage my default printer.


On the same page, in the Printers and Scanners section, click the printer that you want to make the default.

Choose a printer.

Click on “Manage” in the expanding menu.

From the advanced printer menu, click Manage.

Your printer’s page will open. Here click on the “Set as default” button.

On the printer page, select

Next to “Printer Status” you will see a “Default” message indicating that your selected printer is now the default printer on your PC.

Standard printer successfully set up under Windows 10.

You are done.

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Set the default printer in Windows 11

As with Windows 10 on Windows 11, use the Settings app to set a printer as the default.

First, open the Settings app with the Windows + i key combination.

In the Settings sidebar, click Bluetooth & Devices.

In the settings, select


In the right pane, click Printers & Scanners to view your installed printers.

On the Bluetooth & Devices page, click Printers & Scanners.

On the Printers & Scanners page, scroll down to the Printer Settings section. Deactivate the option “Let Windows manage my default printer”. If the option is already turned off, you do not need to do anything.

On the Printers and Scanners page, deselect

Scroll up the page and select the printer that you want to set as the default.

Choose a printer.

Click the Set As Default button at the top of the printer page.

On the printer page, click Set As Default.

And that’s it. Your selected printer is now the default printer on your computer.


In the future, all of your apps will, by default, use your selected printer to print files. That’s one less hassle in your digital life!

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