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Making a printer 'default' in Windows 8.1

  1. #1

    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1

    Making a printer 'default' in Windows 8.1

    Hello again

    Thanks to this forum over last two weeks I have now set up my new laptop - but there are just two further poinst I need help with.

    1. When I went to print a PDF yesterday I had a problem as my HP5520 attached printer did not show! It only showed as an email printer? However when I clicked on 'more' below this it appeared and I was able to print my document.

    The problem is that when I went back in next time I had to do the same. Can I somehow make this the default printer as I use to in Windows 7 then it would appear at the top of the list in future when I press Cntl/P?

    2. On my previous Win7 laptop I was able to see all my programs in a list thru 'start' inc accessories and tools such as clean up and defrag. Try as I might I cannot sem to find this list anymore.

    Thanks everyone

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  2. #2

    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    Maybe try---

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    tools such as clean up and defrag
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    A simple test I did was with Notepad---

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  3. #3

    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1

    Thanks for that and for replying so fast.

    Found the app for administration - but went into devices and printers and my printer already had a green tick against it as default but when I try to print a doc I have to go to more and the printer then shows - but cannot get it to show in the printer list without this
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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