How to rename your printer in Windows 11

When there are multiple printers on the same network, it may be difficult to identify your printing device by its default name. Fortunately, Windows 11 allows you to rename your printer in several ways.


You can rename any connected printer from the Settings app or Control Panel. If that doesn’t work, you can use Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell to achieve the same. Here are four different ways to rename a printer in Windows 11.


1. Rename your printer using the Settings app

Let’s start with the simplest method first. You can quickly rename your printer using the Settings app in Windows 11. Here’s how:

  1. Hurry Win + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Select the Bluetooth and devices left sidebar tab.
  3. Click on Printers and scanners.
  4. Select the printer you want to rename.
  5. Click on Printer Properties.
  6. Under the General enter a new name for your printer.
  7. Hit OKAY to save changes.

2. Rename your printer through the control panel

If you prefer to do things the old-fashioned way, you can also manage your printer through the Control Panel.

To rename a printer using Control Panel:

  1. Hurry Win + S to open the search menu.
  2. Type control Panel and Walk in. This will open the Control Panel window.
  3. Click on Devices and printers.
  4. Under the Printers section, right click on the device you want to rename and select Printer Properties from the context menu.
  5. In the Printer Properties window, go to General tongue.
  6. Enter a new name for your printer and press OKAY.

3. Rename your printer via Command Prompt

If you are an advanced user who is comfortable with the command line interface, you can also rename your printer with the command prompt. Luckily, it’s not as intimidating as it sounds.

Follow these steps to rename a printer using the command prompt:

  1. Hurry Win + X and select Terminal (administrator) in the menu that appears.
  2. Select Yes when the User Account Control (UAC) prompt appears.
  3. In the console, run the following command to rename your printer.
    cscript %WINDIR%System32Printing_Admin_Scriptsen-USprncnfg.vbs -x -p "CurrentPrinterName" -z "NewPrinterName"

Replace PrinterNameCurrent in the command above with its current name. Similarly, replace NewPrinterName with the real name you want to use.

So, for example, if you were to rename your device from HP LaserJet at desktop printerthis is what your command should be:

cscript %WINDIR%System32Printing_Admin_Scriptsen-USprncnfg.vbs -x -p "HP LaserJet" -z "Office Printer"

Once you run the above command, your printer will be renamed. To learn more, why not try some fun tricks in the command prompt?

4. Rename your printer with Windows PowerShell

Like Command Prompt, you can also use Windows PowerShell to rename your print device in Windows 11. The process is just as easy. Here’s how you can go about it.

  1. Hurry Win + S to open the search menu.
  2. Type WindowsPowerShell and select Execute as administrator.
  3. Select Yes when the User Account Control (UAC) prompt appears.
  4. Run the following command to display a list of printers on your PC:
    Get-Printer | Format-Table Name
  5. Note the name of the printer you want to rename.
  6. Run the following command to rename your printer:
    Rename-Printer -Name "CurrentPrinterName" -NewName "NewPrinterName"

Replace PrinterNameCurrent in the command above with its current name. Similarly, replace NewPrinterName with the real name you want to use.

For example, you would enter this command to rename your printer from HP LaserJet at desktop printer:

Rename-Printer -Name "HP LaserJet" -NewName "Office Printer"

And that’s about it. Your printer will be renamed.

Rename your printing devices in Windows 11

Giving your printer a distinct name should help you identify your device among other printers on your network. You can rename your printing device using one of the methods listed above.

Another quick way to identify your device is to remove old and unused printers from your Windows 11 PC.

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