How to set default printer in Windows 11

How to set default printer in Windows 11

When printing documents, unless you manually select a printer, printing will be done on the default printer installed in Windows. This is not always the correct device, and sometimes it is not a printer at all, but a virtual device.


Windows 11 settings:

  • Open Settings, this can be done using the Win+I shortcut.
  • Go to “Bluetooth and Devices” and then open “Printers and Scanners”.
  • In the next window, under “Printer Settings” disable the option “Allow Windows to control the default printer” (if this option is enabled, the last used printer will be selected by default).
  • In the same window, in the list at the top, click on the printer you want to use as the default printer.
  • Click on the “Use as default” button.
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Windows terminal:

You can run the command line as administrator (Windows Terminal will also work) and use the following command: (rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /y /n “printer name”).

After these steps, the printer with the specified name will be selected as the default printer.