I have come across an issue with Microsoft Excel 2010, in which you can't change the designated default printer to another printer

This is a problem with Excel being a bit lost reading a particular registry key from the computer. The problem is not with Excel itself but with the computer, you can test this by trying to change the default printer, if it gives you the error message: "Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000709). Double check the printer name and make sure that the printer is connected to the network", then you know is something wrong with the computer



Fix: Delete old printers from the registry key

To fix this problem, logon as an administrator to the computer, open regedit and navigate to the registry key: "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Devices". You will notice most likely a massive amount of old printers:

Start deleting the printers that are not valid any more, most likely the local ones, and then give a nice reboot to the computer


After the reboot, if you are able to change the default printer without having the above error 0x0000709, Excel will work


See below the default printer is different:



 London, 11 May 2011



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