This post will show you how to rename a printer in Windows 10. By default, whenever you install a printer, Windows 10 automatically set its name based on printer series, model number, and manufacturer.
If you ever feel the need to change the printer name, then it can be done using built-in options available in Windows 10. This post covers all those options with step by step instructions to rename a printer including the built-in virtual printer known as Microsoft Print to PDF. You can change the name of a Printer in Windows 10 using Settings, Control Panel, PowerShell or Command Prompt.
How to rename a Printer in Windows 10
In this post, we have shown you four ways you can change the name of the printer:
- Using the Settings app
- Control Panel
- Windows PowerShell
- Command Prompt
1] Rename a Printer using the Settings app
The settings app contains a separate page for Printers & scanners. You can access that page and then proceed further to rename a printer.
To Rename a Printer using the Settings app:
- Open the Settings app using Win+I shortcut key
- Access the Devices menu
- Select the Printers & scanners page.
- On the right-hand side, you will see the list of available printers and scanners.
- Select a printer of your choice and then press the Manage button.
- Under Manage your device section, use the Printer properties option.
This will open the Properties window of that printer with General tab.
There you will see the name field.
Now you can enter any name you prefer and Apply and save the changes using OK button.
2] Rename Printer name using the Control Panel
To Rename a Printer using the Control Panel:
- Type control panel in Windows Search box and press Enter.
- Under Control Panel, change View by mode to Small icons or Large icons.
- Select the Devices and Printers option.
- All the installed printers will be visible to you.
- Right-click on a printer and use Printer properties option.
The Printer Properties box will open with General tab. In the name field, enter the desired name, and save it.
Your printer’s name will be changed successfully.
3] Change the name of a Printer using PowerShell
Windows PowerShell lets you rename a printer using two simple commands.
First of all, you need to open an elevated PowerShell.
Now, get the list of installed printers using the following command:
Get-printer | Format-List name
The name of all printers will be visible to you. Copy or remember the name of the printer you want to rename.
Now, you need to run a command that will contain the new name and the old/current name of your printer, just like the second command highlighted in the image above. The command is:
Rename-printer -NewName “New Name of Printer” -Name “Current or Old Name of Printer”
This will change the name of that printer immediately.
4] Change Printer name using Command Prompt
Command Prompt also helps you rename a printer with two simple commands. In the first command, you can see the names of all available printers. And, the second command uses a VBS script to rename a printer.
In the first step, you have to run the Command Prompt as an administrator.
After that, open the list of printers using this command:
wmic printer list brief
Now you know the printer name that you want to rename. Move to the second step.
Execute the following command to rename your printer:
Cscript C:\Windows\System32\Printing_Admin_Scripts\en-US\prncnfg.vbs -z “New Name of Printer” -x -p “Current Name of Printer”
Just add a new name and existing name of your printer in the command and it will rename that printer.
This is how you can rename a printer in Windows 10.
All the options and steps are pretty simple. Use any option you like and change the default printer name to the custom name of your choice.
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