Written by Eric Wyatt (last updated October 11, 2021)
When you install a new printer on Windows 10, the printer is named using the default name created by the manufacturer. These default names are often a technical combination of words based on information related to things such as model number, manufacturer name, and series. While the information in the default name will typically pinpoint the printer, it can cause confusion if multiple printers are installed. If you have multiple printers of the same kind, this can be even more confusing. There might be other reasons that the default name needs to be changed.
With Windows 10, you can change the name of an installed printer easily. To change the name, follow these simple steps:
Next time you print a document, you should see the new name for the printer you renamed. If you have multiple printers on your network, renaming each can help you identify where your document will be printed.
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I have one physical printer, but two printers set up in Windows 10. One is configured to print single sided, and the other to print double-sided. They are named EPSON-SS and EPSON-dbl.
That way, I can easily print single or double sided hard copies from my programs like Word and Excel without having to deal with printer settings.
Eric Jay Toll
This feature to rename devices is not available in the early release versions of Windows 11. The printer properties -- after digging to get to the window described in the article -- does not have a name box available anywhere
6. Scroll down and choose "Printer Option" . . .
6. Scroll down and choose "Printer Properties" . . .