Deleting a Printer

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 7, 2019)

Windows can work with a wide assortment of printers, and over time you may change the number and type of printers that have been connected to your system. At some point you may want to delete a printer driver—you may no longer have the printer or it may no longer be accessible from your system. You can delete a printer from Windows 10 by following these steps:

  1. Display the Control Panel.
  2. Click on View Devices and Printers under the Hardware and Sound heading. You may have to scroll down a bit to find the Printers section. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Devices and Printers screen.

  4. Right-click on the printer you want to remove. Windows displays a Context menu.
  5. Choose Remove Device from the Context menu. Windows asks you to confirm your request.
  6. Click Yes. The printer is removed from Devices and Printers screen.

If you are using Windows 8, the beginning steps are a bit different:

  1. Display the Control Panel.
  2. Click the Hardware and Sound category link.
  3. Click the Devices and Printers category link. Windows displays the Devices and Printers screen.
  4. Right-click on the printer you want to delete. Windows displays a Context menu.
  5. Choose Remove Device from the Context menu. Windows asks you to confirm your request.
  6. Click Yes. The printer is removed from the Devices and Printers screen.
  1. If you are using Windows 7, follow these steps:
  2. Click Start and then click Devices and Printers. Windows 7 displays the Devices and Printers screen.
  3. Right-click on the printer you want to remove. Windows 7 displays a Context menu.
  4. Choose Remove Device from the Context menu. Windows 7 asks you to confirm that you really want to remove the printer.
  5. Click Yes. The printer is removed from the Devices and Printers screen.

 This tip (10720) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

System Won't Save AutoText

In some instances, Word may actually refuse to save any of your AutoText entries in the Normal.dot template. There are a ...

Discover More

Limiting Spell Checking

Spell check a document, and Word normally checks several different dictionaries. Here's how to limit the dictionary ...

Discover More

Turning Off Capital Corrections

Tired of having Excel second-guess you when you type a word that starts with two capital letters? You can turn off this ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

Printing to a PDF File in Windows 10

Want to easily create a PDF file from your favorite program? Windows 10 makes it easy with a built-in PDF printer driver. ...

Discover More

Changing Your Printer Settings

Want to change how your printer does its work? You can easily control your printer by modifying the settings maintained ...

Discover More

Creating an XPS Document

Creating an XPS document is as easy as printing a document. This tip explains how.

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 3 + 7?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.