Access Printer Driver Settings - Windows PC

Article ID: ART114234 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 05/26/2022


Learn how to to open the printer driver settings window on a Windows PC to change print settings and other driver functions.


You will need to know how to open the printer setup window to perform printer maintenance, such as print head cleaning or to install a printing profile that is common to all of your printer applications.

Note This article explains how to open the printer driver setup window on a Windows PC. Learn how to open the printer driver setup window on a Mac®.

You can open the printer driver setup window in two ways:

  1. The printer application you use.
  2. The printer icon.

1. Open the setup window from your printer application

  1. Open the printer dialogue box. In general, you will select Print from the File menu to open it.

  2. Select your printer model name, then Preferences or Properties.

Note‚Äč Depending on the printer software you use, command names or menu names may vary and there may be more steps. For details, refer to your software user's manual.

2. Open the setup window from the printer icon

  1. Follow the steps below that match your computer's operating system, then go to step 2.

    • Windows 11, from the Desktop, select the Start menu Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Devices > Devices and Printers.

    • Windows 10, from the Desktop, select the Start menu Settings > Select Devices.

    • Windows 8, from the Desktop charms, select Settings > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers.

    • Windows 7, select the Start menu > Devices and Printers.

    • Windows Vista, select the Start menu > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Printers.

    • Windows XP, select the Start menu > Control Panel > Printers and Other Hardware > Printers and Faxes.

  2. Right-click your model name icon, then select Printing preferences from the menu. The printer driver setup window appears.

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