How To Set A Default Printer In Windows 10 And Mac?

While you are using a printer, Windows keeps a record of the printing devices that have been connected to your computer once or twice. So, if you move your device somewhere else, your system will open your printer automatically as the last device you have used at the last location.

So, you have to reconnect with your home printer again and again to keep printing. To avoid this, you can change the settings of your computer so that you don’t have to connect to the same printer again and again. This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you set a default printer in Windows 10 and Mac:

Setting A Default Printer In Windows 10

  • Go to the start menu in Windows 10 by cling on the window present at the lower right corner your screen.
  • Then go to 'devices' and select 'printer and settings'.
  • Click on the checkbox that appears on the screen and then unselect the option of allow Windows to manage my default printer.
  • Select the same device you want to make your default. Click on it and then select the option of 'manage'.
  • Now choose the option of 'select as default', and the chosen one will become your default printer.
  • Now save your settings by clicking 'ok'.
Setting A Default Printer In Windows 10

Setting A Default Printer In Mac

You are in a workplace and you have options of multiple printer access, then you must know which one would you want to connect from the printer pop-up menu.

Mac has made it possible to switch the printers to your computer automatically, so you don't have to switch the printers manually.

Mac also allows you to choose a default printer. It helps make your work easier if you have to switch printers between work. When you have chosen the default printer, it will remain the same, whereas you can switch other printers on demand.

Following are the steps that will help you select your default printer using Mac.

  • Click on the Apple option given at the top right corner of your screen.
  • It would show you various options; select the option of 'system preferences'.
  • This would open up a menu box in front of you; from there, you can see the option of a printer. Select the option of 'printers and scanners'.
  • A dropdown menu will appear in front of you. Here, you will see the option of default printer and the 'last printer used’. Choose the latter.
  • Click on your 'preferred printer' from the list of the last printer used and select your default printer manually.

Now save the settings. This will allow you to change printers and connect with them while keeping the default printer the same.

How To Change Your Default Printer's Name?

  • Go to the Apple symbol given at the top of your screen.
  • Select printer option and then select 'options and supplies'.
  • Then click on the option of 'general'.
  • Now enter the name and location of the printer in the name and location field tabs, respectively.
  • Then save the settings by clicking the option of 'ok.'
How To Change Your Default Printer's Name

And you’re done! Final tip: you may encounter spooling printer status issue here. Check out the linked guide for the remedy.

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