I am trying to rename a Printer Device and cannot see how to do it. In XP it was easy?
Took a few minutes to figure out why I couldn't set the printer name. When you right-click a printer (in Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Devices and Printers), there are two similar options: 'Printer properties' (in the middle of the right-click options) and 'Properties' (at the bottom). Just make sure you select 'Printer properties'.
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.
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
-> 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."
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.
If all GUI-related solutions fail (which happens rarely, but it does), get this script: Prncnfg.vbs - Command-Line Reference
and use command prompt for the rename
cscript prncnfg.vbs -x -p <current Printer name> -z <New Printer Name>
Yes, When you right-click the text box is read only. I just did double-click which opens print jobs. Then clicked on the printer drop-down menu and clicked on properties. There the text box for the "printer name" is not read only and you can change it.