How to stop Windows automatically setting your default printer



This text provides a tutorial on how to stop Windows 10 from automatically setting the most recently used printer as the default one. The process involves navigating to ‘Devices’ under ‘Settings’, selecting ‘Printers & Scanners’, and unchecking the ‘Let Windows manage my default printer’ option. Once done, the user can freely set the default printer.

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

Windows 10 has a feature that automatically sets the printer you used most recently to be your default printer. This can be inconvenient, especially in an environment with multiple printers. Disabling this feature can help you avoid such issues and let you manually set your default printer.

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

To get started, follow the steps below:

Disable Windows auto printer set

Do this if you want to disable Windows from changing your default printer.

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

In the Settings pane, click “Devices.

Select “Printers & Scanners” in the sidebar menu when the Devices pane opens.

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

Then, uncheck it to turn off the feature.

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 disabled, you can set your default printer, and Windows will not change it.

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

Then, set it as default.

That’s it!


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

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