A “new” feature in the latest cumulative update for WIndows 10 automatically sets the default printer to the last used printer. This setting is turned on by default. This means that every time you use a printer, this printer becomes the default printer for the system.
While this might be a nice feature to have, it can potentially cause a waste of paper and some potentially “difficult” situations when documents are unwittingly printed to the wrong printer. ie, that receipt for the surprise birthday gift, or the 100 page draft document that was supposed to be printed to the paper optimiser print driver.
Fortunately, we can turn off this setting.
- Open up Printers & Scanners. Tip: Click on the Start Menu, and type “Printers & Scanners” in the search box.
- In the Printers & Scanners settings page, turn off the setting “Let Windows manage my default printer“.