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Windows 10: If you don’t set a default printer, the last one used will be the default

August 10, 2019

Here’s a trap in Windows 10 (actually, it may be the same in earlier versions, I’ve just never come across it before). If you don’t set a printer as your default printer, then whatever printer/printer driver you last used will be used for the next print job. How did I find this out? Well, I ‘printed’ an invoice to PDF to send to a client, then wanted to print a hard copy for my records. I’m used to the default printer being listed for the hard copy print, but instead the printer was still set to ‘Adobe PDF’.

You can set your preferred printer as the default under Settings > Printers & scanners, select your printer, click Manage, then click Set as default.

If you prefer to use the old-style Control Panel: Control Panel > Devices and Printers, right-click on the printer you want to be the default, then click Set as default.

One comment

  1. Dear Rhonda
    Welcome to the world of hurt in your upgrade to Win10 and Office.
    I’ve always used Office and I seem to think that it has improved muchly over the last 18 months. Still won’t play nicely (or at all) with Equation numbering (as against Figures and Tables), especially as I want to use Wiris MathType instead of the (now, resurrected) built-in Equation editor. Almost forced to learn LaTex, but I’m too old.
    Thanks for all you good work.
    John
    Perth



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