It is necessary to set default printer in Windows 11, especially in multi printers environment. How can you do this task? Take it easy and this post is written for you to tell you how to easily set a default printer in Windows 11. Now, let’s go to see four ways collected by MiniTool Solution.

By default, Windows will set the recently used printer as the default printer. But if you connect multiple printers to your computer, you may send the print request to the wrong printer, which is annoying. To avoid this situation, you can choose to manually set the default printer for your PC.

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If you are running Windows 11, the ways to set default printer are a bit different in Windows 10. And you should follow methods below for this task. If you are running Windows 10, refer to this post - How to Set Default Printer on Windows 10? [4 Ways Included].

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Set Default Printer Windows 11 via Settings

This is a common method to set Windows 11 default printer. See what you should do:

Step 1: Open the Settings app. You can launch it via pressing Win + I, clicking Start > Settings, etc. To know much information, refer to this post - Windows 11 New Settings: How to Open it? | How to Use It.

Step 2: Click Bluetooth & devices > Printers & scanners.

Step 3: Under the Printer preferences section, turn off the option for Let Windows manage my default printer.

set default printer in Windows 11 Settings

Step 4: Scroll up, choose the printer you want to set default, and click Set as default.

Set Default Printer Windows 11 via Control Panel

Here is how to set a default printer in Windows 11 via Control Panel:

Step 1: Launch Control Panel in Windows 11 and view all the items by Category.

Step 2: Click Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers.

Step 3: Right-click on your printer and then choose Set as default printer.

set default printer in Control Panel

Set Default Printer Windows 11 Command Line

If you prefer the command line, you can follow the steps below to set the default printer:

Step 1: Confirm the printer name by going to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers.

Step 2: Run Command Prompt in Windows 11.

Step 3: Type in rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /y /q /n “Printer name” and press Enter. Replace Printer Name with the name of the printer you want to set as default.

Set Default Printer Windows 11 via the Real Printer Folder

Step 1: Press Win + R to open the Run window in Windows 11.

Step 2: Type shell:PrintersFolder to the Run window and click OK to open the real printer location.

Step 3: Right-click on the desired printer and choose Set as Default Printer.

printers folder

Final Words

These are the common ways to set default printer in Windows 11. If you have any other useful ways for this task, leave a comment below to let us know.

Besides, sometimes you are unable to set printer as default in Windows 11 with an error message “Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000709)”. What should you do to fix this issue? You can read this post - How to Fix Default Printer Error Code 0x00000709 to look for solutions.

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