4 Easy Method of Default Printer setting in Windows 11?

Printers are among the essential tool which assists in printing photos, documents, and everything needed in hard copy. Normally, if you utilize a single printer to have your documents printed you may not encounter the hassle of setting a default printer in your system. Moreover, if you utilize different printers to print different documents, you might encounter the issue of Windows auto-picking the last utilized printer as a default printer. Setting a default printer on Windows 11 is a simple process that involves a few steps highlighted below.

Setting Default Printer: Windows 11

There are several methods by which you can set a default printer.

Method One: Through Settings App

  1. Go to Start Menu
  2. Key in setting from the search tab and click on it
  3. After that, go to Bluetooth and devices
  4. Click at printers
  5. Scroll down to find ‘manage default printer’
  6. Click on the toggle switch available on the far right edge of the tile to switch it Off. With this, windows won’t auto-change your default printer.
  7. After that, find the available printers and click on the specific printer tile which you need to set as the system default.
  8. Go to the printer properties page and click on the ‘Set as default’ button to complete the process.

Method Two: Through the Control Panel

  1. Open the Start Menu
  2. Type in the Control panel in the search box and click  to open it
  3. At the Control Panel window switch to category view by clicking on the drop-down menu next to the ‘View by’ option.
  4. Click on ‘Hardware and Sound
  5. Choose Devices & Printers
  6. Move to the ‘Printers’ section
  7. Right-click on the printer options you need to set as default and choose the “set as default” option

Method Three: Command Line

  1. Firstly you need to confirm the printer’s name by moving to Control Panel then Hardware and Sound than to Devices and Printers.
  2. Click the windows start button and key in CMD. From the search results, open the command prompt console.
  3. Key in the command below and press enter.

Remember to replace “Printer Name” with the exact name of that printer you need to set as default.

Method Four: Real Printer Folder

  1. Open the Run window by pressing Win + R
  2. To go to the real printer location, key in “shell:PrintersFolder” and click OK
  3. Right-click on the preferred printer and select Set as Default Printer.


These are the major ways of setting a default printer on a PC with windows 11. Remember with windows 11, you can’t select more than one printer as a default printer.

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