Edge does not remember default printer


Ian

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I'm facing a very frustrating problem, where Microsoft Edge browser does not respect the default printer settings (set via Settings > Printers). It always defaults to "Print to PDF", which takes a few seconds to generate a preview. It really slows the workflow down and I can't see a way to force Edge to respect the default printer.

Is anyone else facing the same problem? I'm submitting a bug report at the moment.
 
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I am not close to an expert on printers, Ian, but lately I have been involved in having to set up a couple of wireless printers for a friend.

Maybe n different, but, you have selected it as the default?
Other thing, with your message whic I encountered several times whilst trying - it looks like the printer is not set up/connecting correctly?
 

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I just tried my printer it works fine, took an extra step then normal but it printed. seems none of my settings have been changed.
 

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Another thought. I think I eventually went into the old control panel and selected the printer and set it as default from there.
FWIW. The printers are all ok now.
 

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No matter what they do to windows its good they hold onto older system resources like control panel, when all else fails going to it fixes things.
 
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Problem is, Mickey, that they are slowly easing it out. Several of the control panel links now only take you to the new settings panels
 

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Thanks for the replies - yep, I've selected it as default within Control Panel / Settings, but Edge just ignores that preference for some reason.
 

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Sorry, can't suggest anything.

I have tried really hard to emulate your problem - and failed:(

I wonder if fiddling with these might do it ( down in Apps - default apps):

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Otherwise a total reset of edge?
 
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Thanks Dave, I'll a full reset of Edge this weekend and see if that helps!
 
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Found this, Ian. Several complaints of the same nature. It is apparently linked to the old IE, in some (unknown to me!) way:

  • 1) Press Windows key + r and type regedit, then Enter.
  • 2) Locate the below path in registry. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\Main
  • 3) On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click String Value.
  • 4) Type AlwaysUseDefaultPrinter, and then press Enter.
  • 5) On the Edit menu, click Modify.
 
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