Set Default Printer for Each Network Location in Windows 7

by Eric Geier [Published on 22 Dec. 2011 / Last Updated on 29 March 2011]

Windows automatically changes the default printer based upon the network you're connected to.

In Windows 7, on mobile computers—laptops and netbooks—you can set default printers for each network location. This makes it much easier for end-users to print at different locations—work, remote offices, home, etc.

From the Start Menu or Control Panel, open the Devices and Printers window. Select a printer and click Manage Default Printers. Then choose the Change my default printer when I change networks option, select a network, the default printer you'd like to use, and click Add. Repeat the process for other networks.

The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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