How to Manage your Printers in Windows 8

Printers are a key part of any PC setup, and it’s important to know how to manage them in Windows 8. There are a lot of tasks you need to know how to perform, from setting a printer as default, to fixing a stuck print queue, to pausing or cancelling specific print jobs, to making a printer available on the network.

In Windows 7 and earlier, you’d find all this in the Devices and Printers area of Control Panel, and you can certainly find it there in Windows 8, too.

To manage printers in Windows 8:

  1. Press the Windows Key to go to the Start Screen
  2. Move the mouse to the lower right so that several icons begin to appear
  3. Move the mouse upward to reveal them. This set of icons is called the Charm Bar
  4. Click Search
  5. Type Control Panel in the box
  6. Click Control Panel
  7. Click Devices and Printers



Right click on a printer in Control Panel to change settings.
You’ll see a list of available printers. Right-click on a printer to set as default or see what’s printing.

What’s changed in Windows 8 is when you print a document itself. There’s a simple way to print from any app.

To print from any app in Windows 8:

  1. Press the Windows Key to go to the Start Screen
  2. Move the mouse to the lower right so that several icons begin to appear
  3. Move the mouse upward to reveal them. This set of icons is called the Charm Bar
  4. Click Devices
  5. Click the printer you wish to print to
  6. Choose orientation — portrait or landscape. Choose which pages to print, and click More Settings for further options
  7. Click Print



This print interface is all new to Windows 8.
There are Metro-style printer apps available, or soon to be available, from most major printer manufacturers, which should make the process even more graphical and user friendly.

  • Sam Hughes

    Windows 8 print SUCKS! I select a default printer, but when I select control P to print my job, it DOES NOT use the default printer, it selects and prints from the top printer. I deleted print dirvers figuring it would pull my printer into the list. NOPE! I can NOT figure out how to get my default printer to the top so I have to click MORE to FIND my printer and select it. EVERY DAMN TIME. Windows 8 and MICROSOFT really screwed this up. When you get a new software program, you EXPECT it to be better, you know, for the hassle and inconvenience of having to learn a new program, you expect to be rewarded. It seems like every time Microsoft comes out with something “new”, we lose benefits. Do we have a choice? NO




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