Devices Set Default Printer in Windows 11

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This tutorial will show you how to set a default printer for your account in Windows 11.

A default printer is the printer that all print jobs are sent to by default unless otherwise specified.



Option One

Set Default Printer in Settings

1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Bluetooth & devices on the left side, and click/tap on Printers & scanners on the right side. (see screenshot below)


3 Turn off Let Windows manage my default printer to be able to manually set a default printer. (see screenshot below step 4)

4 Click/tap on a printer you want to set as default. (see screenshot below)


5 Click/tap on Set as default. (see screenshot below)


6 The Printer status will now change to show it as the Default. (see screenshot below)


7 You can now close Settings if you like.

Option Two

Set Default Printer in Command Prompt

1 Open Windows Terminal, and select Command Prompt.

2 Copy and paste the command below into Windows Terminal, and press Enter to see a list of all printers and their current status. (see screenshot below step 3)

wmic printer get default,name

3 Make note of the printer name (ex: "HP Color LaserJet MFP M477fdn (BD34EF)") you want to set as default. (see screenshot below)

The current default printer will have TRUE in the Default column left of the printer name.


4 Type the command below into Windows Terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

wmic printer where name="printer name" call setdefaultprinter

Substitute printer name in the command above with the actual printer name (ex: "HP Color LaserJet MFP M477fdn (BD34EF)") from step 3.

For example: wmic printer where name="HP Color LaserJet MFP M477fdn (BD34EF)" call setdefaultprinter


5 You can now close Windows Terminal if you like.

That's it,
Shawn Brink

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