Ways to change default printer for a group of users
Procedure of changing default printer of a group of users by making a registry entry
A printer is used for creating a hard copy of a document. A printer that is connected to a wired or wireless network is known as a network printer. A printer does not have built-in sharing or wireless capability. Sharing a printer saves time, because you can print without the need to go to the main computer and wait to take turns in printing. Printers that are capable of sharing files from one computer to another system via connections are called shared printers. If you are using multiple printers on a system, then you can set the most used printer as the default printer. A default printer has full control over the other printers. Both wired and wireless printers are available today. But when compared to wired printers, wireless printers are more efficient.
Here are the details for changing the default printer and issues while making the registry entry:
- Ways to make a default printer
- Methods to change a default printer
- Common issues
Ways to make a default printer
If you have several printers attached to the system, and to set up a printer as a default printer, you need to select 'Start' and go to ‘Printer and Faxes’ and select the printer you want to make default. Right-click on the selected printer and mark the option ‘Set as default’.
Methods to change default printer
You can change the default printer without user access and it can be done by adding registry entries. For that, start the registry editor by typing ‘Regedit’ in the ‘Run’ command box. Then you can choose HKEY_ CURRENT_USER from that window, and from that, choose software and go to Microsoft. And from that select Windows NT and navigate to 'Current Version' and select Windows. Then you can add 'Device:REG_SZ:
Sometimes by accident, you may choose a different registry and it will cause the loss of essential files. Then sometimes due to the presence of viruses, you may not be able to access the necessary registry keys which are required for deleting a printer from registry. An incorrect registry editor can cause serious problems, and you need to reinstall Windows NT to correct them.
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