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You can set up a default printer that will be used every time you print so that you don’t have to select a printer each time. Here’s how to make a printer the default from your computer:

  1. Choose Start→Devices and Printers.

    The Devices and Printers window appears. The current default printer is indicated by a check mark.

  2. Right-click any printer that isn’t set as the default and choose Set as Default Printer from the shortcut menu.


    If you right-click the printer that is already set as the default, the Set as Default Printer command won’t be available on the shortcut menu.

  3. Click the Close button in the Devices and Printers window.

    Your new settings are saved.

To modify printing properties that are available for your particular printer model (for example, whether the printer prints in draft or high-quality mode, or whether it uses color or only black and white), right-click a printer in the Devices and Printers window and choose Printing Preferences. This same dialog box is available from most common Windows-based software programs, such as Microsoft Word or Excel, by clicking the Properties button in the Print dialog box.

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