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I am trying to rename a Printer Device and cannot see how to do it. In XP it was easy?

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can you select the printer and press F2? –  Xantec Nov 23 '10 at 20:37

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I had a scanner named "Brother MFC-8440 #2", so it must have kept some legacy settings after a re-install. The printer was named "Brother MFC-8440". So I used regedit.exe to edit the registry. I used the "find" function to search for my multi-function device by name, "MFC-8440" and where I saw #2 I renamed it and deleted the 3 extra characters. I figured that if it went wrong, I'd just re-install the device and perhaps end up with #3. To my relief, the scanner no longer carries the suffix #2. Yay! You can always create an image of your main hard drive before trying this.

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neither of the above two answers worked for me. selecting the printer properties gave me a read-only dialog box.

instead I had to double click the printer to "open" it. then a load of buttons/icons appear one of which is called "customize your printer". that brings up the proper printer properties dialog box

this was for a samsung ml-1910 printer. I couldn't find any way to rename a samsung ml-1630w

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-> Open Devices and Printers by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then, on the Start menu, clicking Devices and Printers.

-> Right-click a printer, and then click Printer properties.

-> Click the General tab, and then type the new name in the text box.

Please make sure "To rename a printer, you must have permission to manage the printer."

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Does not work. The name is not an editable field, even though I have manage privileges for the printer. –  Adrian McCarthy Jul 3 '11 at 13:09

Easiest way - right click on the device, open "Printer Properties" and then type in the name you prefer in the top section of the dialog box.

Click OK, it should disappear very briefly then reappear with the correct (new) name for you.

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Does not work. The name is not an editable field, even though I have "manage printer" privileges. –  Adrian McCarthy Jul 3 '11 at 13:08
    
@Adrian McCarthy that's odd - seems OK for me here. Is it a local printer or a networked one that you're trying to change? –  northirid Jul 13 '11 at 11:47
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@Adrian Check whether you're clicking "Printer Properties", or doing like I did and clicking "Properties" at the bottom of the right click menu –  Daryn Dec 15 '11 at 6:15
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I had the same problem with the uneditable field. It's crucial to know the difference @Daryn has pointed out. –  Tomáš Zato Sep 8 at 22:33
    
Yes, as Daryn and Tomas said, it's the "Printer Properties" option, not the "Properties" option on the bottom. i.imgur.com/EowNCbP.png –  JackAce Nov 10 at 17:22

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