Not long ago, having one printer attached to your Computer was all you ever needed for typical print functionality. Today with Network printing you may have several printers installed, especially if you share your laptop between home and the office.
The problem with having more than one printer to choose from, is that only one can be selected as the default printer in Windows. This can become a hassle when you want to print, only to be prompted to choose a printer.
Fortunately there is a small utility from Microsoft that will run in the System tray and allow you change the default printer by just right clicking.
Default Printer, which is part of the Windows 2000 Resource Kit, can be downloaded at this link. It will run on all versions of Windows including Vista. Best of all, it's free!
Just unzip defptr.zip to your desktop or any folder on your Computer and double click on Defptr.exe to launch the utility.
Default Printer is very basic and requires no installation. Once launched, click on OK and it will minimize to the System Tray.
To change your default printer, right click on the printer icon in the System Tray and select the printer you want set as the default.
Next time you print, you will not need to select the printer because the default is either not online or it's used at the office.
To make Default Printer launch at startup, just drop Defptr.exe into your startup folder, by right clicking on Start and select Explore.
When Windows Explorer opens, expand Programs, then copy Defptr.exe to the Startup folder.