Location-aware printing: Automatically selecting the default printer in Windows 7

by Shijaz Abdulla on 12.12.2009 at 21:01

Thanks to the location-aware printing feature in Windows 7, your computer will automatically print to the correct printer at home or office, depending on where you are.


Here’s how you can set up this feature:

  • From the Start menu, select Devices & Printers 

    Devices and Printers
  • Click on a printer, and click on the Manage default printers button (highlighted in the above screenshot).
  • Make sure ‘Change my default printer when I change networks’ is selected.
  • From the dropdown boxes for the network and the printer, select the appropriate printer for each network.


In my configuration, I print on the HP printer at the office when I’m at the office, and the Lexmark printer when I’m back home, and Windows will automatically change the default printer depending on where I am.