Removing a Printer

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Removing a printer

If you’ll no longer be using a printer, you can remove it from the Devices and Printers folder.

To delete a printer
Click to open Devices and Printers.

Right-click the printer that you want to remove, click Remove device, and then click Yes.

If you can’t delete the printer, right-click it again, click Run as administrator, click Remove device, and then click Yes.  If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Notes
If you have a multi-function or all-in-one printer, you can often remove the printer from Devices and Printers without affecting other device functions. So, for example, you might continue to see a scanner or fax icon for the device.

You can’t uninstall a printer if you have unfinished jobs in your print queue. Either delete the jobs, or wait until Windows has finished printing them. Once the queue is clear, Windows will remove the printer.

Tips

  • You can print a test page to make sure the printer is working correctly

  • If you’ve installed the printer but it doesn’t work, check the manufacturer’s website for troubleshooting information or driver updates.

Notes

  • If you have a multi-function or all-in-one printer, you can often remove the printer from Devices and Printers without affecting other device functions. So, for example, you might continue to see a scanner or fax icon for the device.

  • You can’t uninstall a printer if you have unfinished jobs in your print queue. Either delete the jobs, or wait until Windows has finished printing them. Once the queue is clear, Windows will remove the printer.

 

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