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Changing the Default Printer Using DefPtr

Microsoft provided a tool called DefPtr as part of the Windows NT Resource Kit, although it works in all versions of Windows.

Installing DefPtr

Download the following file: DEFPTR.EXE and save it to the following location:

    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

The next time you login or reboot the tool will run automatically and you will see a printer icon in the taskbar.

Changing the Default Printer

  1. Right-click the printer icon in the taskbar.

    A list of installed printers will be displayed.

  2. Choose the printer you wish to select as the default printer.

    The change may take a few seconds to take effect.


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