In this age of wireless connectivity and near one-time prices for entry-level printers (but ever-rising ink prices), some of us are bound to have more than one device to print.
Windows 10, in its infinite wisdom , will set your default printer to the one last used in the current location. This can be a problem for users who tend to print most documents on one type of printer and occasionally use another. While simply switching the device for printing is an easy solution, some may simply want to print on the same primary device all the time.
In order to set the default printer and not change it, some settings need to be tweaked to make this happen . Below we will explain the process of setting the default printer and ensuring that it remains the default printer when using another.
1. Go to the printer settings. You can get there by clicking on the “Start” button, then “Settings” to go to the Windows settings screen. You can also access the settings screen using the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I).
2. Click Devices.
3. Click Printers & scanners on the left side.
4. Disable “Let Windows manage my default printer”.”
5. Select the desired printer and click Manage.
6. Click “set as default.” You can confirm that the change was successful by looking at the printer status. If there is no “set as default” button, it means that your printer is already set as default.
Now any program you print with will automatically select your default printer.