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Restore the Legacy Print Dialog in Windows 11 22H2

In Windows 11 22H2, Microsoft has replaced the legacy Print Dialog for all classic (win32) apps, e.g., Notepad, WordPad, Notepad++, etc., with a new dialog. Earlier, this dialog was available only for UWP apps (aka Store apps). Also, there is a new Print Queue dialog introduced in this version.

However, in the modern print dialog, the preview pane always shows “No preview available,” irrespective of the previewed file type. Furthermore, on some systems, the title bar reads “Printing from Win32 application” instead of the program’s name — e.g., Notepad++.

To access the printer preferences dialog (specific to the chosen printer), click on the “More settings” link at the bottom left of the new print dialog.

If you see no use in this new Print dialog, fortunately, you can revert to the old/legacy Print dialog in Windows 11 22H2.

Restore the Old Print Dialog in Windows 11 22H2

Follow one of these methods to bring back the old print dialog in Windows 11.

Using Command Prompt

Open a Command Prompt window:

Type the following command exactly as given below, and press Enter:

reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Print\UnifiedPrintDialog" /v "PreferLegacyPrintDialog" /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f

If the command was executed correctly, you should see the message “The operation completed successfully.

Using Registry Editor

Alternately, you can start the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and go to the following branch:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Print\UnifiedPrintDialog

Create a new REG_DWORD value named PreferLegacyPrintDialog

Set PreferLegacyPrintDialog data to 1.

Exit the Registry Editor.

REG File to automate or deploy the above setting.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Print\UnifiedPrintDialog]
"PreferLegacyPrintDialog"=dword:00000001

I hope that helps. Let’s know.

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