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For Seniors: How to Remove a Printer

Over time, you may want to upgrade to a new printer and get rid of your old one. When you do, you also may want to remove the older printer driver from your computer so that your Printers window isn’t cluttered with printers you don’t need anymore.

If you remove a printer, it’s removed from the list of installed printers, and if it was the default printer, Windows makes another printer you have installed the default printer. You can no longer print to the printer you removed unless you install it again.

To remove a printer:

  1. Choose Start→Devices and Printers (in the Hardware and Sound group).

    The Devices and Printers window appears.

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  2. Right-click a printer and choose Remove Device.

    You can also select the printer and click the Remove Device button at the top of the window.

  3. In the Printers dialog box that appears, click Yes.

    The Devices and Printers window closes, and your printer is removed from the printer list.

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