How to Reset a Printer Port

By Charlotte Mission

Windows automatically installs printers to a default port, but software and networking configurations may require changes. If a printer in your office cannot connect to a computer, one of the first steps in troubleshooting the problem is to reset the printer to the default port. Most printers now connect to computers using a USB cable, but some printers still use 25-pin parallel connections, so the default port to which you reset the printer may vary.

Click the "Start" button on your Windows desktop and select the "Control Panel" option.

Click "Devices and Printers."

Right-click on the icon representing your printer and select "Properties." Click the "Ports" tab.

Uncheck the port currently in use and check the box for the computer's default printer connection. This is either USB001 or LPT1, depending on whether the printer connects to the computer via USB cable or a 25-pin parallel port.

Click the "Apply" button to save the changes and reset the printer port.