Sign in with Microsoft
Sign in or create an account.
Select a different account.
You have multiple accounts
Choose the account you want to sign in with.

Note: This article has done its job, and will be retiring soon. To prevent "Page not found" woes, we're removing links we know about. If you've created links to this page, please remove them, and together we'll keep the web connected.

Do you have a favorite printer? Is Word not choosing it for you automatically? Use Control Panel to tell your computer that you want to pick your own default printer.

  1. Press the Windows key + X, and then click Control Panel.

  2. Under Hardware and Sound, click View devices and printers.

    This step assumes that the Control Panel is set up to view by Category. If it is set up to view by Icons, just click Devices and Printers.

    A green check mark shows which printer your computer is using.

    Green check mark on default printer

    If you want a different printer as your default, right-click the image of the printer you want and click Set as default printer.

Need more help?

Want more options?

Explore subscription benefits, browse training courses, learn how to secure your device, and more.

Communities help you ask and answer questions, give feedback, and hear from experts with rich knowledge.

Was this information helpful?

What affected your experience?
By pressing submit, your feedback will be used to improve Microsoft products and services. Your IT admin will be able to collect this data. Privacy Statement.

Thank you for your feedback!