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How to set the Default Printer in Windows 10 back to Print&Share?

How to set the Default Printer in Windows 10 back to Print&Share?

Symptoms

You are using Windows 10 and you have set Print&Share as your default printer in Windows 10 but the default printer changes to other printers once in a while.

Cause

In November 2015 Microsoft released a major upgrade for Windows 10 (Build 1511). This major Windows 10 update introduced a new setting to change the default printer in Windows 10. When turned on, the default printer is the last used printer.


For example:

Print&Share is your default printer in Windows 10 and for a special case you need to manually select your printer to a different printer driver. With this setting turned on, your default printer in Windows will not be Print&Share anymore but the last used printer.


Resolution

Solution 1:
  1. Navigate to Windows Start menu
  2. Click "Settings"
  3. Click "Devices" in the Settings dialog
  4. Make sure you are in the section "Printers & scanners"
  5. Disable the setting "Let Windows manage my default printer" by setting it to "Off".
    Windows 10 default printer setting
  6. Click the Print&Share printer 'Print+Share' and select "Set as default".
    Windows 10 default printer setting

Solution 2:
  1. Open the Registry Editor (Right mouse click Windows Start → Run → regedit)
  2. Navigate to this key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows
  3. For name "LegacyDefaultPrinterMode" set the "Value data:" to "1" to return to the old Default printer behavior in Windows 10.
    Windows 10 default printer registry setting


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