Dec 152015

How to stop Windows 10 from changing the default printer

Microsoft has implemented a new behavior for printers in Windows 10 in a recent build 10565. Windows 10 now changes the default printer to the last used one automatically! While this can be useful for some users, many others might prefer to set the default printer manually. Here is how to stop Windows 10 from changing the default printer.
Every time you select a printer different from the default one in the print dialog, Windows 10 sets the selected printer as the new default printer. There is a new setting in the Settings app which allows you to disable this behavior and restore the familiar behavior used in all previous Windows versions. Follow these steps to configure it:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to the following page: Settings -> Devices -> Printers and Scanners.
  3. See the option named “Let Windows manage my default printer”. Turn it off as shown below: Windows 10 stop default printer change

That’s it. This will restore the default printer behavior to how it was in earlier releases of Windows. Windows 10 will not change your default printer every time you select some other printer in the print dialog.

It’s also a good idea to change this setting before installing a printer.

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