How to Open Devices and Printers in Windows 10

In this post, we’ll see how to open Devices and Printers in Windows 10.

We’ll also see answers to some frequently asked questions. Let’s begin.

How to Open Devices and Printers in Windows 10?

You can launch Devices and Printers in three diverse ways, and they are:

Method #1

Use control printers command in any of the below programs to open Devices and Printers:

  • Task Manager (Click on File > Run new task to use the command)

Method #2

Launch the Settings app.

Hit “Devices.” Click on the “Devices and printers” link in the “Related settings” section.

Method #3

Open Control Panel.

Hit the “Devices and Printers” link. You see that between Device Manager and Ease of Access Center.

Note: If you’re in the “Category” view, hit “View devices and printers.”


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Devices and Printers in Windows 10?

Devices and Printers is a place where you can see and manage the printers and other devices. Typically, you see two sections there: “Devices” and “Printers.”

Right-click on the device you want. You see the options in the context menu. Remember that the options may vary depending upon the device.

Here are some other things that you can do in the Devices and Printers:

  • You can search using the search box at the top right.
  • You can change the view using the drop-down slider, which is beneath the search box.
  • At the top left, you can see two options: “Add a device” and “Add a printer” that you can use to add a device and printer.
  • Or you can do the above task by right-clicking on the empty area in the “Devices and Printers.” Select the “Add devices and printers” option.
  • Want to create a shortcut of any device or printer? Then right-click on it and hit the “Create shortcut” option in the context menu. In the pop-up, hit the “Yes” button. You can see the shortcut on the desktop.

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How to Create Devices and Printers Shortcut in Windows 10?

Method #1

The below steps are for creating Devices and Printers shortcut in desktop or File Explorer.

Right-click on your desktop or File Explorer blank area.

Hover your mouse over “New.” Hit “Shortcut,” which is under “Folder.”

In the “Create Shortcut” pop-up, type control printers. Hit the “Next” button.

Provide the name for the shortcut if you don’t like the suggested name.

Click on the “Finish” button.

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Method #2

Open Control Panel. If you’re in the “Large icons” or “Small icons” view, move to the next step.

Else, you need to change the view, and here’s how:

Click the “Category” at the top. Choose any except “Category.”

You see “Devices and Printers” between “Device Manager” and “Ease of Access Center.” Right-click on it and you see five options:

  • Open – Opens the Devices and Printers in the same window.
  • Open in new window – You view Devices and Printers in the new window if you use this option.
  • Pin to Quick access – Pin Devices and Printers to the Quick access. When I test this option, it didn’t work for me.
  • Pin to Start – Pin Devices and Printers to the Start menu as tile.
  • Create shortcut – This option creates a desktop shortcut for Devices and Printers.

Here, I’ll create a desktop shortcut. Hit the “Create shortcut” option, and you see the pop-up. Hit “Yes” in the pop-up.

That’s all. You can see the shortcut on the desktop. Rename it if you wish.


How to Add Devices and Printers in Right-click Menu in Windows 10?

Let’s see how to add Devices and Printers in Right-click Menu in Windows 10:

Open Registry Editor. Take a backup of the Registry before proceeding.

Expand Hkey_Classes_Root > Directory > Background. Right-click on the “shell” and then select New > Key.

Provide Devices and Printers (or something you like) as the name of the key. Hit the “Enter” key.

Right-click on the key you’ve created above and then select New > Key.

Provide the key name as command and then hit the “Enter” key.

In the right pane, you see “Default.” Double-click it.

In the “Value data” field, provide control printers and then hit the “OK” button.

That’s all. Right-click on the empty area of desktop or File Explorer. You see the “Devices and Printers” in the right-click menu.

Note: Remove the first key you’ve created if you don’t want Devices and Printers in the context menu.


How to Add Devices and Printers to This PC in Windows 10?

Let’s see how to add Devices and Printers to This PC in Windows 10:

Open Registry Editor. Take a backup of the Registry before proceeding.

Expand Hkey_Local_Machine > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > MyComputer.

Right-click on the “NameSpace” and then select New > Key.

Provide the following as the name of the key – {A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}. Hit the “Enter” key.

That’s all. You see the Devices and Printers in This PC.

Note: Remove the key you’ve created if you don’t want Devices and Printers in This PC.