Set Default Printer on Windows® 7 Operating System
What are ways to set a default printer on Windows 7 computer? How to fix issues that arise during this process?
Windows 7 is an easy to use Operating system. Windows 7 makes it easy to switch between two different printers. You can set the printer as a default printer by selecting the appropriate printer from the control panel and right click on it, and use the default printer on the network so that printing becomes easy. Therefore, you can print documents easily without having to setup the printer again. You can also share the default printer so that it can be accessed from any computer in the network. For this, you should know the actual computer name on which the printer is installed. For finding the computer name, you have to press 'Windows' key on the lower left of your keyboard that has the Windows logo on it and 'Pause Break' key located on the top right of your keyboard. A System Properties screen will be displayed on your computer screen. Select the 'Computer Name' tab on it. You will get to know the name of your computer. Now go to 'Start' and click on the 'Control panel'. Then click on the 'Printer setting icon'. Right click on the printer you would like to share on the network and select 'Sharing'. Next write down the name of the printer. Now go to your wireless computer, click on 'Start' and then 'Control panel'. Click on the 'Printer icon', and then click 'Add Printer'. Choose 'Add a network printer' option. Write down the name of your printer and hit 'Next'. In this way you can create a default printer and share it with other computers in the network.
The following tips help to resolve issues that usually arise when setting default printer on Windows 7 computer:
- Printer not responding
- Issues with Spooler
- Not recognized
Printer not responding
Sometimes the "Printer not responding" error occurs if your computer runs many applications or programs at a time or if the system performance and memory are affected by any malware threats in your computer. To fix this issue, try closing the unwanted applications and try to fix the malwares issues. For this you will need to update your antivirus and run a deep system scan.
Issues with Spooler
Most of the spooling problem is caused due to corrupt printer driver. The default printer may prints blank pages due to the problem of your printer spooler. Malfunctioned printer driver and errors in the computer are some reason for spooling problem with your printer. Reinstallation of the printer driver may fix this. Data errors in the system also create spooling problem, so you also need to remove such errors. A number of software programs are available for repairing printer spooler.
Sometimes you might face issues like "Not recognizing" issues with your default printer after connecting it to the computer. It is because of the printer software or driver that you have installed in your system. If the driver is corrupted or malfunctioned you may face this issue. Improper installation of the printer driver is also a reason for not recognizing the printer in your system. You will need to reinstall your printer driver and software.
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