Stop Windows from auto setting your default printer

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This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to stop Windows 10 from changing your default printer.

Windows 10 comes with a feature that automatically sets the printer you used most recently to be your default printer. This can be annoying especially when you’re in an environment with multiple printers.

If you don’t want Windows automatically setting or changing your default printer, the steps below will show you how to turn it off.

If you’re a or new user looking for a computer to start learning on, the easiest place to start is Windows 10.

Windows 10 is the most recent version of operating systems for personal computers developed and released by Microsoft as part of its Windows NT family.

To get started, follow the steps below:

Disable Windows auto printer set

If you want to disable Windows from changing your default printer, do this.

Click Start from the menu and select Settings (the gear icon on the left). Or you can press Windows key + i on your keyboard to open it quickly.

windows settings

In Settings pane, click “Devices

windows devices group

When Devices pane opens, select “Printers & Scanners” in the sidebar menu.

windows devices group 2

On the Printers & scanner pane, scroll down and locate the “Let Windows manage my default printer” option.

Then uncheck it to disable the feature.

As the note states, “When this is on, Windows will set your default printer to be the one you used the most recently at your current location“.

Now that this is disable, you can now set your default printer and Windows will not change it.

Select the printer on the same page you want to be your default click Manage.

Then set as default.

windows devices group 3

That’s it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to disable Windows feature that automatically switches your default printer to the most recently used one.

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