How to open and change Printer settings in Windows 10

Whether you’re printing a single document or multiple documents from a program on Windows 10, you will have to configure the print settings first. The Printer Settings page in Windows 10 allows you to configure different options like the paper size, the page orientation, and the page margins.

Open & change Printer settings in Windows 10

Following a quick setup, you can start printing immediately. However, you might need to configure a few printer settings. So, here’s how to open the Printers settings page in Windows 10 and change the settings:

  1. Type ‘Printers’ in the Windows 10 Search bar
  2. Select ‘Printers & Scanners’ options
  3. Right-click the printer icon and choose ‘Printing Preferences’.
  4. The Printer Settings page will open.

Let us see this in more detail.

Type ‘Printers’ in the Windows 10 Search bar and select ‘Printers & Scanners’ options

Open & change Printer settings in Windows 10

See if your printer is listed under ‘Printers & Scanners’ menu.

When seen, right-click the printer icon and choose ‘Printing Preferences’.

Instantly, you’ll get access to the Printer Settings page.

Thus, this way you can open the Printer Settings page in Windows 10.

Here, you can change/modify the Page Size, Paper Layout, and other Printer Settings.

Do note that the names of the tabs and settings may differ, depending on your printer model and driver versions.

You can also access the Printer settings via some applications. Let us take the example of Microsoft Word.

Open Microsoft Word or any other Office application.

Click  ‘File’ menu (located in the upper-left corner) and choose ‘Print’ from the list of options displayed.

Adjacent to the option, you’ll find ‘Printer Properties’ link. Click the link to open the Printer Settings page.

The first method lets you set the the default printer and allows defining printer settings for all print jobs, while accessing Printer Settings via an app for single print jobs. We have listed both methods since when you print a document, it’s paper size, page orientation, or page margins differ from what you specified in the printer driver properties.

Read next: How to turn off Let Windows manage my default printer setting.

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