This post shows students and new users how to easily change the printer name and give them a more unique and descriptive name in Windows 11.
When you install a new printer in Windows, it automatically assigns a name based on the printer’s manufacturer name, series, and/or model number depending on the brand.
This can be helpful for users who wish to use descriptive information to identify the correct printers when printing. Although this is useful, if the printer’s name is too long, you can rename it to something more unique and identifiable instead of something assigned to you automatically.
Also, when you’re a student and new user and want to learn how to use Windows, the easiest place to start is Windows 11.
Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.
To get started renaming printers in Windows, follow the steps below:
Change Windows 11 Printer Name
To change or rename a printer in Windows 11, use the steps below:
Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. Everything can be done from system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows from its System Settings pane.
To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + I shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:
Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.
Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Bluetooth & devices, then select Printers & scanners on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.
On the Printers & scanner settings pane, click on the name of the printer you want to rename.
On the printer details pane, select Printer properties as highlighted in the image below.
When printer properties open, go to the General tab and type a new name there.
If the printer is shared, you might also want to replace the name on the Sharing tab.
When you’re done, click OK to save your changes and exit.
The new name should now appear.
This post showed you how to rename a printer in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.
If you change the printer’s name like this, then you will no longer be able to display the printer properties! (I guess this is a feature, not a bug)