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How To Fix Default Printer Keeps Changing in windows 10

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Microsoft has added a new feature in Windows 10 that automatically sets your default printer to the last one used. By default, Windows 10 quietly reconfigure your default printer every time you print. This may not desirable, especially if you use different printers, or occasionally “print” files to PDF. That means that if you print labels on a label printer and full sized documents to a regular office printer, the default will keep switching, potentially causing a disruption as reports attempt to print on the label printer.While this can be useful for some users, many others might prefer to set the default printer manually. This can get irritating at times. If you are looking for a way to stop default printer keeps changing windows 10. You can use Windows 10 Settings app or edit the Windows Registry.

Stop default printer keeps changing windows 10

When a device is changing on its own, it is usually due to one of two reasons. The first is that you have a setting on your computer that allows the computer to change the device to the most suitable one that it deems worthy. There is a settings in Windows 10 which allows Windows to manage printers. In Windows 10, if you have multiple printers (including virtual printers such as Microsoft Print to PDF or Fox it PDF), and set your preferred one as the default, the default printer keeps changing automatically when you print to a non-default printer the next time.

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:

Turn off Windows manage my default printer Option

Click on Start then select  Settings > Devices > Printers & scanners. This interface lets you select the printer and set it as default, or remove the device. Select your printer > Manage and click Set as default.

Now Scroll down a bit till you see a setting Let Windows manage my default printer.

When this setting is turned On, the default printer is the last used printer. Toggle the switch to the Off position. This option isn’t present in the Windows 8’s Devices app, so it’s new to Windows 10.
Turn off Windows manage my default printer Option

Set your default printer in Windows 10

Now go set your default printer. You will see the entire list of printers a little above this setting. Select the printer and click the Set as default button. It will show a green tick/checkmark
set default printer in windows10

Windows 10 will not change it again, even if you use another printer.

If it’s a wireless printer, make sure it is connected to your wireless network. Easiest way to do this is to re-do the wireless setup. If it’s wired over a USB Port, run the printer’s setup and re-add the printer. (this will automatically) install the drivers as well.

Open Settings, then go into Devices > Printers and Scanners Set “Let Windows manage my default printer” to Off

Check your Sync settings

If the above setting enables automatically after some time, or after a restart then check your Sync settings. If “Other Windows settings” option is enabled in the Sync settings page, Windows would sync your printer, mouse, keyboard and other settings.

Open Settings (WinKey + i), click Accounts, Sync your settings Disable the Other Windows settings toggle button.

Use Registry to set the default printer

If for some reason this does not help you, edit your Registry and see. Run regedit and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows


Change the value of LegacyDefaultPrinterMode from the default 0 to 1.

Having done this, Once Restart windows and set you default printer again.

These are some best working tips to fix default printer keeps changing windows 10. Have any query, suggestion feel free to comment bellow.

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