Microsoft has removed the Network Location aware feature for Printers in Windows 11/10 and changed its behavior. Windows 11/10 now sets the last selected printer as the default printer. This can get irritating at times. If you are looking for a way to stop Windows from changing your default printer, you can use Windows Settings app or edit the Windows Registry.
Default Printer keeps changing in Windows 11/10
To do this, you need to follow these two steps.
Toggle Let Windows manage my default printer setting to Off
To Turn Off Let Windows manage my default printer setting in Windows 11:
- Open Settings
- Open Bluetooth and devices settings
- On the right side, select Printers and Scanners
- Scroll down a bit and locate Printer preferences section
- Turn the option saying ‘Let Windows manage my default printer’ to OFF.
- From the WinX Menu, open Settings > Devices > Printers & scanners.
- 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.
Set your default printer in Windows 11/10
The following steps will help Windows 11 users set the default printer:
- Press Win + I keys to launch the Settings app.
- In the Settings app, select Bluetooth & Devices from the left side.
- Now, click on the Printers & Scanners tab on the right side.
- On the Printers & Scanners page, you will see a list of all the printers added to your computer. Select the printer that you want to set as default and click on the Set as default button.
Now go set your default printer. You will see the entire list of printers a little above this setting.
Select the printer and click Manage > Set as default button.
Windows 10 will not change it again, even if you use another printer.
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:
Change the value of LegacyDefaultPrinterMode from the default 0 to 1.
Having done this, set your default printer again.
Hope this helps.
See this post if you find that the Printer icon is not showing in your Desktop, Control Panel, Devices, and Printers.