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Q. How do I change the default printer on my computer?

Answered By: Student3 Assistant
Last Updated: Dec 05, 2014     Views: 13

PC: Open up the Start Menu, then open the Control Panel. This can be achieved by typing "Control Panel" into a search bar in the start menu, opening the Settings tab and clicking on the Control Panel on the new list, or by clicking Control Panel on the right side of the Start menu.

Once the Control Panel is open, look for "Devices and Printers," "Printers and Faxes," or for another category with a similar name (the different names are due to different versions of Windows).

With that open, there should be a list of printers that your computer is hooked up to. Right-clicking on any of those printers will give you the option of clicking "set as default printer." Clicking that will set the selected printer as the default printer on your computer.

Mac: Open System Preferences, then select Print & Fax. On the left is a list of printers that your computer is hooked up to. Control-clicking any of these printers will set them as the default printer. Alternatively, towards the bottom of the menu is a drop down list labeled Default Printer, with the current default device selected. Opening this lists the current printers attached to your computer; select which printer you wish to be the default printer.