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How to Set the Default Printer in Windows

This article describes how to check if your Epson printer is set as the default printer. A computer may have more than one printer driver installed, one of which will be designated as the default printer. All print commands are usually sent through the printer driver that is set as the default, unless a different printer driver is selected (normally via File > Print). If a printer other than the intended model is set to default, then the printer will not print.

To check that the desired printer is set to default you will need to check the Printers folder as follows.

    Windows 10

    1. At the bottom left of the screen and right click or tap and hold the Start Button (highlighted below) then select Control Panel.

    2. Click or tap to view the Control Panel in Category view.

    3. Click or tap View devices and printers.

    4. You will now be presented with a new screen which shows all installed printers. The default printer will have a tick on the icon.  

    5. If the desired printer is not set as the default right-click on the printer icon and left-click on Set as Default Printer.

    Windows 8

    1. Move the mouse cursor to the bottom or top-right of the screen and click the Search icon (highlighted below) from the menu that appears.

    2. Type Control panel in the Search bar and press Enter.

    3. In Control Panel double-click Devices and Printers (Small/Large icon view) or click View devices and printers (Category view).

    4. You will now be presented with a new screen which shows all installed printers. The default printer will have a tick on the icon.

    5. If the desired printer is not set as the default right-click on the printer icon and left-click on Set as Default Printer.

      Note:

      If an icon for your Epson printer is not present, the driver is not installed. Install the driver according to the method recommended in article Epson and Windows 8.

    Windows 7

    1. Click on Start, then click Devices and Printers.

      Opening the Printers folder from the Start menu

    2. You will now be presented with a new screen which shows all installed printers. The default printer will have a Tick icon which indicates defaulttick on the icon.

      Example of a printer set as default

    3. If the desired printer is not set as the default right-click on the printer icon and left-click on Set as Default Printer.

      Set a printer as the default

    Windows Vista

    1. Click on Start, then click Printers.

      Opening the Printers folder from the Start menu

    2. If Printers is not listed then click on Start > Control Panel.

      Open the Control Panel

    3. There are two different ways in which the Control Panel is displayed: Category and Classic.

      Classic view: Double-click on the icon labeled Printers.

      Control Panel in Classic View

      Category view: Under Hardware and Sound click on Printer.

      Control Panel in Category View

    4. You will now be presented with a new screen which shows all installed printers. The default printer will have a Tick icon which indicates defaulttick on the icon.

      Example of a printer set as default

    5. If the desired printer is not set as the default right-click on the printer icon and left-click on Set as Default Printer.

      Set a printer as the default

    Windows 2000/XP

    1. Click on Start, then click Printers and Faxes.

      Showing Printers and Faxes on the Start menu

    2. If Printers and Faxes is not listed then click on Start > Control Panel or Start > Settings > Control Panel.

      The Control Panel window

    3. There are two different ways in which the Control Panel is displayed: Category and Classic.

      Classic view: Double-click on the icon labeled Printers and Faxes.

      Control Panel in Classic View

      Category view: Click on the heading Printers and other hardware then View installed printers or fax printers.

      Control Panel in Category View

    4. You will now be presented with a new screen which shows all installed printers. The default printer will have a tick icon which indicates default printertick on the icon.

      Example of a printer set as default

    5. If the desired printer is not set as the default, right-click on the printer icon and left-click on Set as Default Printer.

      Select a default printer

    Windows 98/ME

    1. Click on the Start menu, followed by Settings, and then Printers.

    2. You will now be presented with a new screen which shows all installed printers. The default printer will have a tick on the icon.

    3. If the desired printer is not set as the default, right-click on the printer icon and left-click on Set as Default.

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